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The exciting, passionate and tragic musical West Side Story can be seen at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from May 6-17.

This touring version comes courtesy of Sundance Productions Inc, NY and Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group.

West Side Story, based on a conception of Jerome Robbins, features a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

The entire original production, first seen in 1957, was directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, and has entered the pantheon as one of the greatest musicals of all time.

Leading the cast will be Katie Hall as Maria, Louis Maskell as Tony, Djalenga Scott as Anita and Jack Wilcox as Riff.

Katie Hall was most recently seen as Christine in the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera.

She was a boot camp contestant for the BBC1’s search for Nancy in I’d Do Anything and was a final round contender for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search for the Eurovision entry, Your Country Needs You, also for BBC1.

Louis Maskell has previously appeared in the national tour of Scrooge -The Musical and Iolanthe at Wilton’s Music Hall.

This production of West Side Story features the entire original Jerome Robbins choreography.

Over Christmas 2012, this production played a completely sold out season at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris, having previously sold out in cities around the world, including Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, Berlin, Madrid, and Beijing.

This production was last seen in the UK in 2008/9 when it also sold out for a season at Sadler’s Wells and played to capacity houses throughout a year long UK tour.

West Side Story changed the course of musical theatre when it opened on Broadway in 1957 and it still remains one of the most successful stage shows of all time.

The 1961 film version won ten Academy Awards. Based on Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story is set on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and explores the rivalry between two teenage gangs; one white, the other Puerto Rican.

When Tony falls in love with Maria, the sister of the rival gang’s leader, the feud takes on a new dimension between the Jets and the Sharks.

As their love blossoms so begins a fatal journey overshadowed by violence and hatred.

The magical score includes the unforgettable songs Maria, Tonight, Cool, Somewhere, America and I Feel Pretty.

This production is directed and choreographed by Joey McKneely using the full original Jerome Robbins choreography.

Tickets are £17.50-£45 plus concessions, and are available by calling the box office on 0115 989 5555 or by going online to