Sarah Frankcom, Royal Exchange Artistic Director, creates a brand-new version of Broadway's biggest musical West Side Story for the Royal Exchange Theatre’s unique in-the-round stage. The production runs in the Theatre from 6 April till 25 May.
The cast also includes Jocasta Almgill, Hannah Cadec, Natalie Chua, Jordan Cunningham, Frances Dee, Michael Duke, Pol Galcera, Sebastian Goffin, Tom Hodgkins, Justin-Lee Jones, Emily Langham, Michael Lin, Jack Lord, Fernando Mariano, Manuel Pacific, Ericka Posadas, Lukin Simmonds, Bree Smith, Christopher Tendai and Oliver Tester.
Sarah Frankcom is the artistic director of the Royal Exchange Theatre. Her recent productions include: Death of a Salesman, Our Town (UK Theatre Award for best director); The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca (Hull City of Culture); Happy Days, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Skriker and Hamlet (all with Maxine Peake), Blindsided, That day we sang and the Royal Exchange and MIF13 co-production the Masque of Anarchy.
Aletta Collins returns to the exchange following her work on the acclaimed Sweet Charity. She studied at the London Contemporary Dance School, was a dancer and choreographer for London Contemporary Dance Theatre and is a former associate artist at the Royal Opera House. Her choreographic work includes: The twilight zone (Almeida); Wind in the willows – the musical (UK tour and West End); The hairy ape (Old vic/Park avenue armory, New York); Bend it like beckham (Phoenix Theatre); Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre) and Anna Nicole (Royal Opera House and Brooklyn Academy of Music).
The creative team also includes designer Anna Fleischle, a multi-award-winning stage and costume designer whose credits include Hangmen for which she won an Olivier Award and the smash-hit Everybody's Talking About Jamie (apollo theatre). Lighting designer Lee Curran returns to the exchange following his work on Jubilee. The team is completed by sound designer Richard Brooker, Musical director Mark Aspinall, costume designer Polly Sullivan, fight director Kevin Mccurdy, assistant choreographer Gareth Mole, associate designer Liam Bunster, associate sound designer Sorcha Steele, associate sound designer Owen Lewis and assistant director Atri Banerjee.
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