Curve to revive West Side Story for Christmas 2019

Published: 11 November 2018

West Side Story is to be the Christmas 2019 production at Leicester’s Curve theatre.

Curve’s artistic director Nikolai Foster will direct. Ellen Lane, who is currently working on the film Cats, will create new choreography for the production. Curve associate artist Sarah Travis will bring the score to life.

Speaking about the announcement, Foster and Curve’s chief executive Chris Stafford said, “West Side Story blazed a new trail in world theatre and continues to hold its ground today, decades after the Sharks and Jets first exploded on Broadway.

“Curve has developed a reputation for producing revivals of the great musicals in innovative productions; we couldn’t be more excited to tackle this masterpiece on our stage—a stage designed for emotionally charged, epic plays which explore the human condition.

“Bernstein’s score defies superlatives, matched by the contributions of book writer Arthur Laurents and Sondheim’s astonishing lyrics. Curve is always developing great talent and we’re thrilled Ellen Kane has chosen to work with us on this new production. She’s a choreographer of exceptional talent and we’re excited to work alongside her, rediscovering the show for a new generation.

“Since we started working together at Curve, West Side Story has been a show we longed to produce. There couldn’t be a better musical to bring people together and introduce new audiences the joy of theatre; regardless of class, culture or age, West Side Story will be the perfect production to celebrate Christmas at Curve.”

West Side Story will run at Curve from 23 November 2019 until 11 January 2020.

Steve Orme