Ria Jones to star as Norma Desmond in Curve Leicester’s production of SUNSET BOULEVARD

Curve Theatre have today announced a brand new Made at Curve production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award winning (Best Musical, Best Original Score & Best Book of a Musical) masterpiece Sunset Boulevard directed by Curve Artistic Director Nikolai Foster and starring Ria Jones as Norma Desmond from 16 – 30 September 2017.

The production will open at Curve before joining other recent Made at Curve productions such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s Sister Act, Hairspray, The Witches and The Twits on tour. The tour is produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian.

Co-Producers Michael Harrison and David Ian said “We are absolutely thrilled to be presenting this incredible show with Curve. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s fabulous score and Don Black and Christopher Hampton’s wonderful book and lyrics make this one of the all-time great musicals”‘.

In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded, silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond, lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screen writer, Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive world. Persuaded to work on Norma’s ‘masterpiece’, a film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras, he is seduced by her and her luxurious life-style. Joe becomes entrapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free with dramatic consequences.

A complex study of unrequited love, loneliness and searing ambition, Sunset Boulevard pays homage to the golden age of Hollywood.

Internationally acclaimed musical theatre star Ria Jones, who received standing ovations every night when performing the role at the London Coliseum, will play Norma Desmond both at Curve and on tour across the UK.

With book and lyrics by Academy Award winners Don Black and Christopher Hampton and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sunset Boulevard features songs such as With One Look, The Perfect Year, The Greatest Star Of All and the title song, Sunset Boulevard.

Tickets go on sale Monday 23 January 2017.

Sunset Boulevard will run at Curve 16 -30 September 2017. www.curveonline.co.uk