Sunset Boulevard casting announced

9th February 2016 in News

Joining Glenn Close in the ENO/GradeLinnit production of Sunset Boulevard are Michael Xavier (playing Joe Gillis), Siobhan Dillon (in the role of Betty Shaefer) and Fred Johanson (as Max Von Mayerling). 

Tickets for Sunset Boulevard are between £12 and £105, with 400 seats at £25 or less including 100 at £12 for every performance. Find out more about Sunset Boulevard >

Close, Xavier, Dillon and Johanson are joined by a Company including Julian Forsyth as Cecil B DeMille, Mark Goldthorp as Sheldrake, Fenton Gray as Manfred, Haydn Oakley as Artie Green and James Paterson as Jonesy.

Further company members include Carly Anderson, Jacob Chapman, Ria Jones, Katie Kerr, Aaron Lee Lambert, Vicki Lee Taylor, Jo Morris, Ashley Robinson, Gary Tushaw and Adam Vaughan.

Final Sunset Boulevard casting will be announced shortly.

Michael Xavier (Joe Gillis)

Michael is currently playing the role of Gaylord Ravenal in the critically-acclaimed production of Show Boat at the Sheffield Crucible.

He has received Olivier nominations for his performances in Into The Woods (with Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Love Story at The Duchess Theatre.

Michael has also hosted the UK Theatre Awards, West End Live and the Olivier Awards at the Piazza.

Siobhan Dillon (Betty Shaefer)

Siobhan was a finalist on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s How Do you Solve A Problem Like Maria? on BBC1.

Her theatre credits include Sandy in Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre, Vivienne Kensington in Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre, Molly Jensen in Ghost The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre, Ellen in Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre and Sally Bowles in the UK tour of Cabaret.

Fred Johanson (Max Von Mayerling)

Fred has previously played Max in Sunset Boulevard at the Gothenburg Opera and has starred in several major musicals in both his native Sweden as well as the West End including Peron in Evita, Javert in Les Miserables and Old Deuteronomy in Cats.

He played Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar both on stage and in the 2001 film version.

Sunset Boulevard at the London Coliseum

Opening on 1 April 2016, Lonny Price will direct the strictly limited run of 43 performances at the London Coliseum.

The full ENO orchestra will appear on stage alongside the cast in this semi-staged production.

Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber with choreography by Stephen Mear, set designs by James Noone, costume designs by Tracy Christensen, Glenn Close’s costumes designs by Anthony Powell, sound by Mick Potter and lighting by Mark Henderson.

Musical Director is Michael Reed who also conducts.

Tickets for Sunset Boulevard are between £12 and £105, with 400 seats at £25 or less including 100 at £12 for every performance. Find out more about Sunset Boulevard >