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Production Background

Bishopsgate Institute presents


Based on a Conception of Jerome Robbins

Book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim with music by Leonard Bernstein

The production celebrates the centennials of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, who composed West Side Story, and of Jerome Robbins, who directed and choreographed the original production. This high-quality amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) and ties in seamlessly with themes highlighted in our Special Collections and Archives which contain images and materials exploring cultural tensions and post-war daily urban life in both New York and London. The piece is based on a conception of Jerome Robbins, with music written by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim. 

This production is under amateur licence and the actors will be amateurs, but our creative team and the orchestra are multi-award nominated professionals who have been invited to ensure the highest quality of experience for the cast and audience, in line with our philosophy. The production will be directed by Toby Hine and choreographed by Lemington Ridley, with the Musical Director to be announced. The show will be produced by Francesca Canty for Bishopsgate Institute.

Bishopsgate Institute was nominated in several categories at the Broadway World UK 2016 Awards for their production of Ragtime - The Musical. The nominations were for Best Fringe Production, Best Director, Best Choreographer and Best Costume Design.


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

Images: Riverside Christian Centre Archive, Bishopsgate Institute. 

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