Glenn Close
Glenn Close
© Brigitte Lacombe

It has been confirmed that Glenn Close will make her West End debut next year as Norma Desmond in a semi-staged production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard.

Lonny Price will direct the strictly limited run of 43 performances at ENO's London Coliseum, from 1 April to 7 May 2016.

With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, Sunset Boulevard will feature the full ENO orchestra on stage. Further casting will be announced shortly.

Close reprises the role of faded silent movie star Norma Desmond, for which she has previously won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and a Dramalogue Award for the original Broadway production directed by Trevor Nunn just over two decades ago.

She recently returned to Broadway in a production of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said: "I am thrilled that London audiences will at last get a chance to see Glenn's performance in the role of Norma Desmond which was so hugely acclaimed in the USA."

Based on Billy Wilder's classic film, Sunset Boulevard originally premiered in London at the Adelphi Theatre in 1993, where it ran for almost four years and played to nearly two million people.

Public booking opens at 10am on 29 September 2015, tickets are priced between £12 and £105, with 400 seats at £25 or less including 100 at £12 for every performance.