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Sunset Boulevard concert production postponed amid new lockdown rules

Sunset Boulevard

The concert production of Sunset Boulevard planned for the Alexandra Palace Theatre has been postponed.

Quick Fantastic was due to present two performances on October 25 at 3PM an 6:30PM for a socially distanced audience of 300 for each show.

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However the decision has been made to postpone the concert due to new lockdown rules in force in London.

Under the new 'Tier 2' lockdown, households are no longer permitted to mix indoors and this includes visiting theatres.

In a video statement - which you can watch in full below - organisers explained that the change, together with the risk of further restrictions, made pursuing the concert at the current time unviable.

However the show has not been cancelled with the production due to announce new plans in the coming weeks.

The cast will be led by Mazz Murray as Norma Desmond with Kayi Ushe as Joe Gillis, Laura Baldwin as Betty Schaefer, Alex Bourne as Max von Mayerling, Sharif Afifi as Artie Green, Chris Howell as Manfred/Sheldrake and David Shaw-Parker as Cecil B Demille.

They're joined by Jack Harrison-Cooper, Jordan Lee Davies, Chloe Hart, Aimee Hodnett, Claudia Kariuki, Sejal Keshwala, Anelisa Lamola, Evie Rose Lane, Tom Partridge, Cameron Sharp and Bleu Woodward.

The creative team will include director Alastair Knights, conductor Alex Parker and sound designer Paul Smith.

Sunset Boulevard features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics and book by Don Black and Christopher Hampton.

Based on the 1950 film of the same name, it follows a faded silent screen star Norma Desmond who has a chance encounter with a screenwriter Joe Gillis that leads to romance, drama and tragedy.

The Tony award-winning musical, which first opened in the West End in 1993, features songs including With One Look, As If We Never Said Goodbye and Perfect Year.

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