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Spring 2020 - West Side Story

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  • Based on a conception of JEROME ROBBINS. Book by ARTHUR LAURENTS. Music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN. Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM. Directed by SARAH FRANKCOM.
  • 18 April 2020 - 23 May 2020
  • The Theatre
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THE ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE IS THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE SMASH-HIT PRODUCTION WEST SIDE STORY WILL RETURN TO THE STAGE IN 2020 DUE TO UNPRECEDENTED POPULAR DEMAND. 

'Could it be? Yes, it could. Something’s coming – something good.'

‘I’m delighted that our new production has caught the imagination of today’s audiences, and that the electricity of it all - the story, the music, the dance - is still so urgent in 2019. The demand for tickets has been incredible so to be able to bring the show back next year and give people another opportunity to see Leonard Bernstein’s masterpiece is fantastic.’ Artistic Director, Sarah Frankcom

WEST SIDE STORY marries stunning choreography to a matchless songbook – Maria, America, Somewhere, Tonight – as it translates ROMEO AND JULIET to 1950s Manhattan. It’s the Jets and the Sharks, two rival gangs who make New York’s mean streets even meaner. But it’s also passionate, tender and deeply romantic – the greatest love story ever told.

Reimagined for the round with new choreography by Aletta Collins (SWEET CHARITY) and orchestrations from Bernstein specialist Jason Carr, Sarah Frankcom’s production brings a whole new energy to a bona fide Broadway classic.

Casting for the 2020 production is yet to be confirmed, and will be announced in the Autumn along with further details of the production.


Based on a conception of JEROME ROBBINS.
Book by ARTHUR LAURENTS      Music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN
Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM

Entire Original Production Directed and Choreographed by
JEROME ROBBINS

Originally produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith 
and Harold S. Prince

by arrangement with Roger L. Stevens

Produced by arrangement with
Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre

    PERFORMANCE DATES: Saturday 18 April - Saturday 23 May 2020

    PERFORMANCE TIMES: Matinees, 2.30pm / Evenings, 7.30pm. View all times & dates

    RUNNING TIMES: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including 1 interval of 20 minutes.

    TICKET INFORMATION: Standard Tickets from £25.50
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  • Creative Team
  • Based on a conception of JEROME ROBBINS. Book by ARTHUR LAURENTS. Music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN. Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM. Directed by SARAH FRANKCOM.

    DIRECTOR Sarah Frankcom

    CHOREOGRAPHER Aletta Collins

    DESIGNER Anna Fleischle

    MUSICAL SUPERVISOR/ORCHESTRATOR Jason Carr

    MUSICAL DIRECTOR Mark Aspinall

    LIGHTING DESIGNER Lee Curran

    SOUND DESIGNER Richard Brooker

    COSTUME DESIGNER Polly Sullivan

    ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Atri Banerjee

    ASSOCIATE CHOREOGRAPHER Gareth Mole

    ASSOCIATE DESIGNER Liam Bunster 

    ASSOCIATE LIGHTING DESGINER Jason Addison

    ASSOCIATE SOUND DESIGNER Owen Lewis

    ASSOCIATE SOUND DESIGNER Sorcha Steele

    FIGHT DIRECTOR Kevin McCurdy 

    DIALECT COACH Natalie Grady

    CASTING DIRECTOR Jim Arnold

    ASSISTANT MUSICAL DIRECTOR Tom Chester

    BSL INTERPRETER Karl Lorca

  • Accessible Performances
  • If you require our BSL, Audio Described or Captioned services, please book directly with Box Office. This is because there are often specific seats, which are held for each show to ensure you have the best experience possible.

    You can call on 0161 833 9833 or email at box.office@royalexchange.co.uk

    AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Saturday 23 May 2019, 2.30pm

    BSL PERFORMANCE: Wednesday 13 May 2019, 7.30pm. TBC

    CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Wednesday 9 May, 2.30pm and 7.30pm TBC

    RELAXED PERFORMANCE: TBC

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    PLEASE NOTE - if a performance is marked as SOLD OUT - there may still be access seats available - so do get in touch. 

  • ★★★★★ " it is nothing short of a complete triumph." Kristy Stott, Upstaged Manchester

    ★★★★★ "The whole cast deserves a round of applause, as this musical is so ensemble heavy, not one member of the ensemble let the show slip. A goose-bump moment was the “Tonight” quintet that just simply perfect. " Jess Stoddard, Jess's Random World

    ★★★ "From the opening bar, this is a perfect piece of theatre and I loved every second. It succeeds in adding vibrant new choreography to a sublime score and is performed with passion and conviction by an immensely talented young company." Paul Wilcox, North West End

    ★★★★ " Bold, inspired theatre at its best ." Nikki Cotter, Opening Night

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