Sunset logoThis month producers at The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth are inviting budding actors to audition for principle and chorus roles in an amateur production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s world famous “Sunset Boulevard”.


The principle auditions will be staged on Sunday 15th February from 1.30pm and the chorus try outs will be taking place on Tuesday 17th February at 7pm.


The successful performers will be treading the boards of The Phoenix Theatre between 29th June and 4th July.  The theatrical spectacular will be the Theatre’s summer showpiece to help mark in style, its 50th anniversary of bringing exciting theatre to the people and community of Blyth and surrounding areas of Northumberland.


The production is being produced by Christopher Carr and Lesley-Anne Crawford, who are a partnership used to bringing Lloyd Webber musicals to life; as in recent years they’ve also taken the reigns of “Aspects of Love” that played to appreciative North-East audiences.


The musical director is Bob Crabtree.


The piece of musical-theatre is based in 1950s California and is a firm favourite of people who love the musical genius of Andrew Lloyd Webber…as this show has been a world-wide smash playing to packed houses from the West End to Broadway.


Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard is based on the original book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton and based on the film by Billy Wilder.


“The boat is really being pushed out for our 50th anniversary celebrations as Sunset Boulevard promises to be a must see!” said David Garrett, Executive Director of The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth.


David adds: “The characters and storyline are always a real delight for amateur and professional performers to play.  We are really excited to be bringing this smash hit to our community theatre that over the years has staged a host of massive shows.


“Sunset Boulevard will be going from Broadway to Blyth! We really hope the whole showcase will help our 50th anniversary celebrations go off with a bang.  We’re even bringing in the services of a 16-piece orchestra to add a big sound to the proceedings. This is an exciting show, for exciting times at our Theatre.”


There are 52 named parts in the 2-hour 27 minutes spectacular with a few of the roles being doubled up but there are a great number of places up for grabs over the two February audition dates.


People can just turn up on Sunday 15th February (1.30pm) and Tuesday 17th February (7pm) or they can confirm their attendance by calling The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth box office on 01670 367 228 or by emailing


These are the same details for people wishing to buy tickets for Sunset Boulevard.  The website is also a great place for all your ticket needs

The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth is supported by Northumberland County Council.