West Side Story to Return to London's Sadler's Wells for Summer Run Prior to U.K. Tour
25 Apr 2013
An international touring production of West Side Story, featuring the original Broadway choreography of Jerome Robbins, is to return to London's Sadler's Wells, where it was previously seen in 2008, beginning performances Aug. 7 prior to an official opening Aug. 8. It will run through Sept. 22, then launch a U.K. tour at Liverpool Empire Sept. 24.
Over Christmas 2012, the famed musical played a sold-out season at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris, having previously played Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, Berlin, Madrid and Beijing. Following its London and Liverpool runs, it will tour to theatres in Oxford, Stoke-on-Trent, Wimbledon in south west London, with further dates to be announced.
Produced by BB Promotion in collaboration with Sundance Productions Inc., NY and Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group, the production is directed and choreographed by Joey McKneely using the Robbins' choreography. McKneely is a former assistant to Jerome Robbins. His Broadway credits include Smokey Joe's Cafe and The Boy from Oz, as well as Hal Prince's Washington, DC, production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Whistle Down the Wind and Nicholas Hytner's production of Twelfth Night for Lincoln Center Theater.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.