The show must go on for Curve Leicester's production of Sunset Boulevard. The show was due to run at the theatre later this month but sadly had to cancel the run due to Leicester being placed in tier 3. However, the show will now be streamed online for a limited run this Christmas.
The production will be available between Tuesday 22 December and Saturday 9 January with up to three different performance times every day. The streamed version will be available for audiences in the UK and all territories across the world apart from North America. Tickets are on sale now from https://www.curveonline.co.uk/ costing £20
The classic musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber will star Ria Jones as the iconic Norma Desmond and Danny Mac as Joe Gillis, Molly Lynch as Betty Schaefer, Adam Pearce as Max Von Mayerling, Dougie Carter as Artie Green and Carl Sanderson as Cecil B DeMille. The cast will be supported by a 16-piece orchestra.
The venue's chief executive Chris Stafford and artistic director Nikolai Foster said "Due to Leicester entering Tier 3 and the uncertainty of when we will be able to reopen, we have made the difficult decision to cancel public performances of Sunset Boulevard. We are incredibly disappointed not to welcome audiences back to Curve this Christmas, especially as we have invested significantly in measures to ensure we can operate in a Covid-safe way. However, the show must go on and in a Curve first, we will be bringing back our terrific Sunset Boulevard company to film the production for audiences to watch from the comfort of their own homes. The concert staging will see our stalls cleared of seats to accommodate our socially distanced 16-piece orchestra and we will celebrate every corner of Curve's astonishing in-the-round auditoria with Andrew Lloyd Webber's magnificent score. Although we are sorry not to be able to come together in person this Christmas, we are delighted we can share this specially-created concert with audiences across our city and beyond. Our sincere thanks to Really Useful Group, Paramount Pictures, UK Theatre, the Musicians Union, our sponsors PPL and the Culture Recovery Fund for helping make this possible."
The venue hopes to re-open for public performances in the New Year with shows including The Color Purple.
Let's just hope whoever is on camera is ready for Norma's close up!