West Side Story, the most exciting musical theatre piece of the 20th century, returns to the West End in a captivating new interpretation, directed by Ivo Van Hove.
Inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, this game changing musical by four titans of theatre – Jerome Robbins, Leonard Burnstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Luarents – was hailed as a “indisputable, boundary-busting masterpiece” (The New York Times) that “explodes every imaginable idea of what a musical can be” (New York Magazine) when it premiered in 1957.
Now, three of the most daring theatre-makers of our time — director Ivo van Hove (A View From the Bridge, The Crucible, All About Eve), choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, and designer and frequent Van Hove collaborator Jan Versweyveld — offer a radical, thrilling new interpretation of this iconic work, with extraordinary dancing, breathtaking vision, and 33 young, brilliantly gifted performers.
Featuring some of the greatest songs in musical theatre canon including ‘Somewhere‘ and ‘Tonight‘.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see a landmark in musical theatre history as if for the very first time.
West Side Story is rumoured to open in London’s West End in 2022.
What’s the Story?
Set in the Upper West Side of New York City. Two rival street gangs – the Jets and the Sharks – battle it out, as young lovers Tony and Maria get caught in the cross fire of their ethnic inspired turf war.
Who’s in it? West Side Story Cast
Casting forWest Side Story to be announced.
Directed by Ivo Van Hove and choreographed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, based on the original production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. Sets & lighting, Jan Versweyveld; costumes, An D’Huys; video, Luke Halls; sound, Tom Gibbons; production stage manager, Kevin Bertolacci.
Music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Arthur Laurents.
Reviews for West Side Story coming soon.
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