It has been announced that the Bishopsgate Institute will present a production of Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein’s classic musical in 2018. 


West Side Story is set on the streets of New York’s Upper West Side and explores the rivalry between two gangs, The Jets and The Sharks. Amidst all the gang warfare, Tony from The Jets falls in love with Maria, who is the sister of the leader of The Sharks. The dark themes, sophisticated music score and electric writing bring the story of Romeo and Juliet into the 20th century.

Playing at the Bishopsgate Institute between 26th June until the 1st July 2018, the production will mark the centennials of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, who composed West Side Story, and of Jerome Robbins, who directed and choreographed the original production.

Presented in arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe), the production is under amateur licence and the actors will be amateurs, but the creative team and the orchestra are multi-award nominated professionals.

West Side Story will be directed by Toby Hine and choreographed by Lemington Ridley, with the Musical Director to be announced. The show will be produced by Francesca Canty for Bishopsgate Institute.

Casting and further details about the production have yet to be confirmed.

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