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Preview: Sunset Boulevard at Newcastle Theatre Royal


Sunset Boulevard
Newcastle Theatre Royal
Monday 9th – Saturday 14th October 2017

One of the all-time great musicals, Sunset Boulevard, is returning to Newcastle Theatre Royal this Autumn.

Danny Mac as Joe Gillis
Ria Jones as Norma Desmond and
Adam Pearce as Max Von Meyerling
Photo: Manuel Harlan
Ria Jones stars as ‘Norma Desmond’ – a role she received rave reviews and standing ovations for every night when performing at the London Coliseum – with Danny Mac as ‘Joe Gillis’, the impoverished screen writer who stumbles into her reclusive world and is seduced by her and her luxurious lifestyle.

They are to be joined by Adam Pearce as ‘Max Von Mayerling’, Molly Lynch as ‘Betty Schaefer’, Dougie Carter as ‘Artie Green’ and Carl Sanderson as ‘Cecil B DeMille’.   The rest of the company includes Bernadette Bangura, Matthew Barrow, Benjamin Chambers, Joanna Goodwin, Kristoffer Hellström, Iain Mattley, James Meunier, Gemma Naylor, Fiona O’Carroll, Joanna O’Hare, Jessica Paul, Sam Peggs, Tom Vincent and Barney Wilkinson

Danny Mac as Joe Gillis
Ria Jones as Norma Desmond
Photo: Manuel Harlan
Ria Jones has recently starred as ‘Dorothy Brock’ in 42nd Street at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Her West End credits include ‘Fantine’ in Les Misérables, ‘Grizabella’ in Cats and ‘Florence’ in Chess.

Danny Mac made it all the way to the 2016 final on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing. He most recently starred as ‘Gabey’ in On The Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. His other musical theatre credits include Wicked and Legally Blonde.

Danny Mac as Joe Gillis
Molly Lynch as Betty Schaefer
Photo: Manuel Harlan

Adam Pearce’s many West End credits include Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, Love Never Dies, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Sweeney Todd all at the Adelphi, The Light Princess at the National Theatre and Urinetown at the St James Theatre.

Molly Lynch most recently appeared in English National Opera’s Carousel at the Coliseum, where she has also appeared in Sweeney Todd.

Dougie Carter recently played ‘Jean-Michel’ in the national tour of La Cage Aux Folles. His West End theatre credits include Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre and Alice at St James Theatre.

Photo: Manuel Harlan
Carl Sanderson’s many West End credits include Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Acorn Antiques – The Musical and Starlight Express. His other theatre credits include the national tours of My Fair Lady and Hairspray as well as Guys and Dolls, The Music Man and The Pajama Game all at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Adam Pearce as Max Von Meyerling
Photo: Manuel Harlan
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning masterpiece Sunset Boulevard is a compelling story of romance and obsession, based on Billy Wilder’s legendary film, with Don Black and Christopher Hampton's wonderful book and lyrics. This much-loved score includes the title number Sunset Boulevard, With One Look, As If We Never Said Goodbye, The Greatest Star Of All and The Perfect Year and will be performed by a full orchestra.

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

Sunset Boulevard plays at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Monday 9 – Saturday 14 October 2017.  Tickets are from £17.50 and can be purchased at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 (calls cost 7ppm plus your phone company’s access charge).

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