Bishopsgate Institute presents WEST SIDE STORY

Based on a Conception of Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim with music by Leonard Bernstein


26 JUNE – 1 JULY 2018 AT 7.30PM

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.

The Bishopsgate Institute production of West Side Story with full orchestra will be performed between 26 June and 1 July 2018 to celebrate the centennials of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, who composed West Side Story, and of Jerome Robbins, who directed and choreographed the original production. This high-quality amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) and ties in seamlessly with themes highlighted in Bishopsgate Institute’s special collections and archives which contain images and materials exploring cultural tensions and post-war daily urban life in both New York and London. The piece is based on a conception of Jerome Robbins, with music written by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim.

This production is under amateur licence and the actors will be amateurs, but the creative team and the orchestra are multi-award nominated professionals who have been invited to ensure the highest quality of experience for the cast and audience, in line with Bishopsgate Institute’s philosophy. The production 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.

This production will be set in the stunning 120-year-old Great Hall at Bishopsgate Institute, performed in the round with limited cabaret seating. Providing a rare opportunity to experience the show with a full 29-piece orchestration, played by the best up-and-coming professional musicians in an extraordinary setting, this will be an up close and personal performance as the streets of New York take over the Great Hall, with cast members weaving in and out of the audience as the show goes on.

Bishopsgate Institute was nominated in several categories at the Broadway World UK 2016 Awards for their production of Ragtime – The Musical. The nominations were for Best Fringe Production, Best Director, Best Choreographer and Best Costume Design.

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the Broadway opening of West Side Story in New York.

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe). Entire original production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. Originally produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince. By Arrangement with Roger L. Stevens. All authorised performance materials are also supplied by Music Theatre International (Europe).

Casting announcements and further details coming soon.

Website: ww.bishopsgate.org.uk

Listings Information:

Dates:                    26 June – 1 July 2018

Show:                    West Side Story

Venue:                   The Great Hall

Address:               Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH

Time:                     7.30pm and matinee at 2.30pm

Price:                    TBC

Box office:           http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/ / 020 7392 9200