The forthcoming production of Sunset Boulevard may be a British Isles amateur premiere, but it was still a shock when Isle of Man theatre group Taylorian Productions received a good luck note earlier this week from award-winning composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
He sent the cast and crew best wishes ahead of the show’s opening night at the Gaiety Theatre tomorrow (Monday) – much to their surprise and delight.
‘As you can probably imagine, we’re all absolutely thrilled,’ said actress Sarah Buckley, who plays the lead role of Norma Desmond.
‘When it arrived I just couldn’t contain my excitement! To receive the personal backing of his company to stage the show is one thing. To receive a personal note wishing us good luck is another. It’s just fantastic.’
She added: ‘I know Andrew Lloyd Webber has said it’s probably his greatest score. The music in Sunset is really beautiful and we are hoping for really good audiences.’
Sunset Boulevard is showing at the Gaeity Theatre in Douglas from tomorrow until Saturday, August 16. To book tickets, call the box office on 600555.