Evita's Evans to Star in Newbury Sunset Boulevard

News   Evita's Evans to Star in Newbury Sunset Boulevard Kathryn Evans, who was the final actress to play the title role in the original West End production of Evita, will portray deluded silent-screen star Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard at Newbury's Watermill Theatre.

The Watermill Theatre, where the most recent West End and Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd originated, will present the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Don Black musical July 9-Aug. 30 with a press opening scheduled for July 14. The cast also features Ben Goddard as Joe Gillis, who returns to Newbury following his performance last year in Martin Guerre.

Sunset will be directed by Craig Revel Horwood, who has previously staged Hot Mikado and Martin Guerre at the Watermill. Horwood, who is a regular judge on TV's "Strictly Come Dancing," began his career in his native Australia as a dancer, and has since received Olivier nominations for his choreography for Spend Spend Spend and My One and Only in the West End. Other London credits include the short-lived Hard Times – the Musical and Beautiful and Damned, as well as Calamity Jane and Tommy Cooper – Jus' Like That. Regionally, he has worked on Pal Joey, Arcadia and On the Razzle at Chichester Festival Theatre and Guys and Dolls at Sheffield.

Evans and Goddard will be joined onstage by Elisa Boyd, Tomm Coles (Artie Green), Alexander Evans (Sheldrake), Kate Feldschreiber, Nick Lashbrook (Cecil B. DeMille), Tarek Merchant, Laura Pitt Pulford (Betty Schaefer), Helen Power, Jon Trenchard (Manfred) and Edward York (Max von Mayerling).

The musical supervisor and arranger is Sarah Travis, who won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for her work on Sweeney Todd.

Kathryn Evans has also played leading roles in the West End productions of Anything Goes and The Fix and in the U.K. tour of Aspects of Love. To book tickets contact the box office at 01635 46044 or visit www.watermill.org.uk.