West Side Story


A classic re-telling of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet - explores the violent rivalry between two street gangs: the Jets, white New Yorkers and the Sharks, Puerto Rican immigrants.
West Side Story

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Overview


Genre: Musical
Venue: Putney Arts Theatre
Starts: Tuesday 29 May 2018
Closes: Saturday 2 June 2018
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available

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Synopsis


West Side Story, with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins, is a classic re-telling of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.


Its backdrop is the ethnic, working-class Upper West Side neighbourhood of New York in the mid-1950s.


The show explores the violent rivalry between two street gangs: the Jets, white New Yorkers and the Sharks, Puerto Rican immigrants.


The male protagonist, Tony, a former Jet and best friend of their leader Riff, falls in love with Maria, the younger sister of the Sharks' leader, Bernardo.


Prejudice and pride fuel a gritty violence which ultimately ends in tragedy.


The incredibly intricate score and extended dance sequences bring light and shade to this musical, with well-known stand-outs like Maria, America, Somewhere, Tonight, I Feel Pretty, and Gee, Office Krupke among many others.


The show's creative lens on social strife marked a turning point in American musical theatre, with themes of prejudice, family, love and neighbourhood rivalry.


PLOS's 70th Anniversary show.


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Theatre


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Postal address:
Ravenna Road
Putney
London SW15 6AW

Box office tel: 020 8788 6943

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Dates


Previews from:Tuesday 29 May 2018

Closes:Saturday 2 June 2018

Performance days & times


Evening:

Tuesday ‑ 7‑45pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑45pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑45pm

Friday ‑ 7‑45pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑45pm


Matinee:
Saturday - 2-30pm

Tickets


Standard:
£18

Concessions:
£16

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Creatives


Author: Arthur Laurents
Composer: Leonard Bernstein
Lyricist: Stephen Sondheim
Choreography: Jerome Robbins

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