West Side Story
Tuesday 29th May - Saturday 2nd June
7.45pm each evening and a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
West Side Story
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, Officer 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.
Tickets on sale now at www.plos.co.uk/box-office
Putney Arts Theatre Terms & Conditions
Please note latecomers are not able to be admitted to all Studio productions. Latecomers may be admitted into Main House productions at the discretion of the Front of House team and during an appropriate point in the performance. Anyone using a mobile phone or attempting to take pictures during a performance may asked to leave.