Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre bringing Sunset Boulevard to the stage

Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre is noted for its challenging productions – and their next offering is no exception.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece, Sunset Boulevard, will get its Lichfield premier at the Garrick, courtesy this talented group of young people.

Sophia Ford as Norma and Elliot Scott-Lolley as Joe during rehearsals

Sophia Ford as Norma and Elliot Scott-Lolley as Joe during rehearsals

Sunset Boulevard weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition.

Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of ‘talkies’. Her glamour has faded in all but her mind.

When she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion.

Former Youth Theatre members Siobhan Dillon and Katie Kerr have recently completed a run in the West End revival of the show by English National Opera at the London Colusium, which saw Glenn Close return to the role of Norma Desmond. Siobhan played the lead’s love interest Betty and Katie was a featured performer in the ENO production.

In Lichfield Sophia Ford will take on the challenging role of Norma Desmond, with Elliot Scott-Lolley as Joe Gillis.

Sunset Boulevard is based on the Billy Wilder film. The Lloyd Webber musical, with lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black, had its world premiere at London’s Adelphi Theatre in July 1993. The show received its American premiere in the December of the same year starring Glenn Close – a production which opened with the highest advance in Broadway history at the time – $37.5 million in ticket sales.

In Lichfield the 40-strong cast will be supported by the usual high-standard LGYT orchestra conducted and musically directed by Oliver Rowe, with direction from Richard Poynton and choreography by Jessica Lambert.

Tickets are now on sale for the show which runs from October 4 until October 8. To book call the Garrick box office on 01543 412121 or visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com.

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