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Friday, 19 January 2018

Sunset Boulevard at Mayflower Theatre

If you read my Goals for 2018 post, you'll have seen that one of my goals for the upcoming year is to see more theatre shows. Well, when the opportunity popped up to go and see Sunset Boulevard at the Mayflower Theatre, I knew I just had to say yes*! It's a show that I always wanted to see, and the posters I'd seen promised that it would be a good show.

Spoiler alert: I really enjoyed it!

I'll be the first to admit that there was a lot of singing - lots more than in any show I've seen before. While it took me a little while to get into it, I was soon immersed in the world of 1940s Hollywood. I love that era, especially the hair, makeup and wardrobe, and the production didn't disappoint. It look wholly authentic and was totally believable.

Photo courtesy of Mayflower Theatre
The story is a mix of drama, romance and tragedy, that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the show. Sunset Boulevard starts with struggling writer Joe, looking for his big break at Paramount Pictures. When he's trying to avoid some debt collectors, he ends up at the mansion of star of yesteryear Norma Desmond. An unexpected relationship develops, with Norma's obsession growing and Joe becoming more and more trapped, until it all ends in disaster.

Photo courtesy of Mayflower Theatre
The cast were amazing. Ria Jones is an experienced Norma Desmond. She was incredible, and really convincing as Norma, in her delicate mental state. I won't lie that I would have loved to have seen Danny Mac as Joe Gillis, but he wasn't performing the Southampton shows. For shows at the Mayflower, Dougie Carter was starring as Joe. He was amazing, totally captivating!

Photo courtesy of Mayflower Theatre
Overall, I fully enjoyed the show - it was a great Wednesday night out! I'd 100% recommend going to see it, even if it's not your usual thing. It's definitely sparked a new interest for me!

Sunset Boulevard is on at the Mayflower Southampton until the 20th January. You can book tickets online here, or phone the Box Office on 02380 711811.

Love Lexie

*My tickets for Sunset Boulevard were provided by the Mayflower Theatre in return for my honest review. All views are true and my own.

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