Take a musical trip to the West Side

West Side Story, at Theatre Royal Nottingham in May 2014.
West Side Story, at Theatre Royal Nottingham in May 2014.
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A new version of one of the most successful musicals of all time, West Side Story, is coming to the Theatre Royal Nottingham.

Featuring the entire original Jerome Robbins choreography, it will run from Tuesday 6th until Saturday 17th May.

Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story is set on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and explores the rivalry between two teenage gangs; one white, the other Puerto Rican.

When Tony falls in love with Maria, the sister of the rival gang’s leader, the feud takes on a new dimension.

As their love blossoms, so begins a fatal journey for the star-crossed couple, overshadowed by violence.

The score includes the unforgettable songs ‘Maria’, ‘Tonight’, ‘Somewhere’, ‘America’ and ‘I Feel Pretty’.

Leading the cast as Maria is Katie Hall, most recently seen as Christine in the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera.

She was a boot camp contestant for the BBC1’s search for Nancy in “I’d Do Anything” and was a final round contender in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search for a Eurovision entry in BBC1’s Your Country Needs You.

Also starring in the production are musical stars Louis Maskell as ‘Tony’, Djalenga Scott as ‘Anita’ and Jack Wilcox as ‘Riff’.

This production is directed and choreographed by Joey McKneely, the former assistant to Jerome Robbins.

Tickets are priced between £45 and £17.50 plus concessions and are available at www.trch.co.uk.