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West Side Story to be Leicester Curve’s 2019 Christmas show

Curve artistic director Nikolai Foster and chief executive Chris Stafford Curve artistic director Nikolai Foster and chief executive Chris Stafford
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Curve in Leicester is to stage West Side Story in 2019, featuring new choreography by Ellen Kane.

Kane, who is associate choreographer for Matilda the Musical and was co-choreographer on Groundhog Day at the Old Vic, will work alongside Curve artistic director Nikolai Foster, who will direct the musical.

Leonard Bernstein’s musical will run from November 23, 2019 to January 11, 2020.

In a statement with chief executive Chris Stafford, Foster said: “Curve has developed a reputation for producing revivals of the great musicals in innovative new 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.”

They added: “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.”

News of the show follows an announcement that the Royal Exchange in Manchester will stage a “reimagined” West Side story next year.

The musical has original choreography by Jerome Robbins, with a book by Arthur Laurents and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.