Glenn Close to Reprise Starring Role in 'Sunset Boulevard' on West End

"Challenging and Risky"

"[Producer] Scott Rudin sent me piles of scripts -- Noel Coward, everything," she says. "He thought rather than a 'star' vehicle, it would be best to come back in a really challenging ensemble. I liked that idea. We honed it down to A Delicate Balance because it's everything we wanted: an incredibly challenging play, where you have to have a seamless ensemble to pull it off. And it's about language. It's challenging and risky."

The actress will return to the London stage as Norma Desmond, the same role for which she won her third Tony Award in 1995.

Glenn Close's Norma Desmond is back.

The actress will reprise her Tony-winning role as a faded silent-film star in London next year in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, the second musical theatre production in the English National Opera's partnership with the GradeLinnit Company.

The limited engagement of the musical, for which Close won her third Tony Award in 1995, will open April 1, 2016, and run through May 7. The show originated in London's West End in 1993 with Patti LuPone in the lead role.

Lonny Price, who also helmed the partnership's first production, Sweeney Todd, will direct the revival. That March 2015 hit run of the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical starred Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel.

Further casting for Sunset Boulevard will be announced at a later date.