An ageing silent film star and a young screenwriter are brought together in the tragic story of Sunset Boulevard - Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony award-winning musical. The musical, starring Ria Jones as Nora Desmond, will be running throughout January at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre.
The musical is based on a film of the same name, originally released in 1950. Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical first opened in London 43 years later in 1993 and has toured in countries around the world from the United States to Sweden, to South Africa.
Joe Gillis is a struggling screenwriter who is trying to catch a break in Hollywood. After failing to woo producers, he finds himself on the run from agents sent to repossess his car. Ending up a dilapidated Hollywood mansion, he meets Nora Desmond - a once famous silent film star who believes that her comeback is imminent. Nora is convinced that her comeback is imminent thanks to a script she has written that will star herself and be directed by the great Cecil B. DeMille. Joe ends up living in Nora's house, rewriting her script and helping to feed her delusions. The numbers are loud and often glitzy and glamorous, but there's a darkness and hint of danger in Nora's obsession.
The musical opens on January 16th and runs until January 20th. Tickets can be purchased online at the Mayflower theatre website. Tickets start at £19.50 up to £49.50 based on your seats and the day of the performance. Southampton is the second city on the UK 2018 tour, and Sunset Boulevard will continue to tour through the rest of the Uk until 28 April 2018.
Sunset Boulevard 2018 Tour Dates 9-13 January, Bristol - Bristol Hyperdome 16-20 January, Southampton - Mayflower Theatre 22-27 January, Woking - New Victoria Theatre 29 January - 3 February, Southend - Cliffs Pavilion 5-10 February, Bradford - Alhambra Theatre 19-24 February, Liverpool - Empire Theatre
26 February - 3 March, Cardiff - Wales Millennium Centre
5-10 March, Ipswich - Regent Theatre
12-17 March, Plymouth - Theatre Royal
9-14 April, Wimbledon - New Wimbledon Theatre
16-21 April, Canterbury - Marlowe Theatre
23-28 April, Sheffield - Lyceum Theatre