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'Could it be? Yes, it could. Something’s coming – something good.'
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 follows Royal Exchange hits such as SWEET CHARITY and GUYS AND DOLLS as it brings a whole new energy to a bona fide Broadway classic.
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
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
VENUE: The Theatre
PERFORMANCE DATES: Saturday 6 April - Saturday 25 May 2019
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Matinees, 2.30pm / Evenings, 7.30pm.
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RUNNING TIMES: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including 1 interval of 20 minutes.
TICKET INFORMATION: Standard Tickets from £25.00
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DAY SEATS: Each day from 9.30am, there will be 16 day seats available (per performance) to people in person at Box Office. There will also be some available via the phones from 10am. A maximum of 2 days seats per person. Day seats are £10 each.
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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.
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
BERNSTEIN REVEALED: A CABARET
Join leading Leonard Bernstein expert Edward Seckerson, double Olivier Award nominee Sophie-Louise Dann and double Tony Award nominee (and musical supervisor/orchestrator of WEST SIDE STORY) Jason Carr to celebrate 100 years of Leonard Bernstein.
Sunday 28 April 7.30pm
Tickets £15 (£12)
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Thursday 16 May, following 7.30pm show.
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Saturday 11 May, 5.00pm - 6.30pm
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Pre-show introduction to the play, led from the stage and featuring company members.
Thursday 2 May, 10.30am - 12 noon. Tickets £6 / Concessions £4
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AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Saturday 18 May, 2.30pm
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★★★★ "exhilarating" Mark Fisher, The Guardian
★★★★ "West Side Story is not so much a love story, as a lust story and a want story. A story of being young and seeking a place in the world. It’s a bleak story too – oh, boy, is it bleak – but it’s also a deeply compassionate one. Frankcom’s production brings all of that out beautifully, while still throwing in a few finger clicks." Natasha Tripney, The Stage
★★★★ "thoroughly enjoyable" Oliver Ainley, WhatsOnStage
★★★★★ "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
★★★★★ "The Royal Exchange’s West Side Story brings vibrancy and passion to a show that may have been taken for granted." Dave Cunningham, The Reviews Hub
★★★★★ "Jason Carr’s orchestration feels modern, fresh and exciting, bringing a punchiness to lesser-known tracks like COOL and GEE OFFICER KRUPKE! while quietly blowing you away with its soft and sustained sections in MARIA, TONIGHT and SOMEWHERE." Donna Kelly, Frankly My Dear
★★★★ "this is a pretty magnificent version of one of the greatest musicals ever." Kevin Bourke, Northern Soul