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West Side Story

Tyne Theatre Productions to stage West Side Story in September 2017

Tyne Theatre & Opera House – Wednesday 20th – Saturday 23rd September

Hot on the heels of their successful production of Little Shop of Horrors, Tyne Theatre Productions have announced that they will return in September 2017 with one of the most memorable musicals of all time, West Side Story.

After their first production, The Pirates of Penzance in September 2015, Tyne Theatre Productions have gone from strength to strength, with performances of Sweeney Todd in March 2016, Oklahoma! in November 2016 and Little Shop of Horrors in March 2017.

This production of West Side Story comes at a very special time for Tyne Theatre & Opera House, with September 2017 being the month of the theatre’s 150th Anniversary.  Two performances of West Side Story will take place on the Victorian Opera House’s birthday (Saturday 23rd September).  West Side Story will be another theatre fundraiser, with funds raised contributing to the preservation and future restoration of the Grade 1 listed building.

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From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is utterly stunning. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks.  Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.  The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments.

Tyne Theatre & Opera House first opened its doors to the public on 23rd September 1867, and 150 years later, despite several changes and ups and downs, the magnificent Victorian building is still open for business. 

We’re celebrating the theatre’s 150th Birthday throughout the whole year, and our jam-packed 2017 calendar will also feature a number of special events that have been chosen specifically as part of our celebratory programme.  Some of the events already confirmed include Geordie the Musical, which Tyne Theatre & Opera House present in association with Customs House, South Shields, three classic Gilbert & Sullivan musicals from the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, and the return of Newcastle magician Chris Cross’ The Greatest Show on the Tyne variety show.

Joanne Johnson, Director of Tyne Theatre & Opera House says: “I’m thrilled with the ongoing success of Tyne Theatre Productions and the wonderful shows they have produced to raise funds for our Grade 1 listed theatre. It couldn’t be done without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, and in fact, as a not-for-profit organisation we couldn’t exist without the help of the public, so just by visiting the theatre people are keeping our wonderful heritage alive. This is a monumental year for the theatre, so what better production to present in our 150th Birthday month than one of the most famous musicals of all time. This will be a grand performance featuring a large cast and live orchestra and we can’t wait!”


Tickets: £16 full price, £14 concessions, £10 limited view. Groups 10+ get 1 free

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Tyne Theatre Productions is part of Tyne Theatre and Opera House Preservation Trust (Charity Number 1120746).  Funds raised from this performance will contribute to the preservation and future restoration of the Grade 1 listed Victorian Opera House.


Based on a Conception of JEROME ROBBINS

Book by

Music by

Lyrics by

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

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe). All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe


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