2 Sep 2013
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Joey McKneely and Louis Maskell West Side Story

Sadler’s Wells is one of the biggest and most notorious Dance Houses in the UK and they continue to produce some of the highest quality dance productions in the world. In recent years Joey McKneely’s production of West Side Story has caught global attention as it brings Arthur Laurents’ classic tale to audiences some 55 years after it’s world debut.

The Sadler’s Wells production of West Side Story first sprung onto the stage in 2008 as the show celebrated it’s 50th anniversary. After a critically acclaimed run the show is back once again for an extensive UK tour as well as a limited run at Sadler’s Wells itself.

I managed to catch up with director and choreographer, Joey McKneely and leading actor Louis Maskell in a rehearsal for the UK tour. Check out the video below to see what the pair had to say about the hotly anticipated tour.

Leap and Sadler’s Wells

Sadler’s Wells’  West Side Story partnered up with the conflict confronting organisation Leap in order to bring an awareness raising 90 minute workshop to a group of youths in the East London area. The workshop took place at London’s 3 Mills Studio and it gave youngsters a chance to tackle the issues of gang violence head on as well as offering them chance to suggest what could be done instead of demonstrating aggression. Check out our video below to see what West Side Story Choreographer Joey McKneely and actor Louis Maskell had to say about the workshop and their partnership with Leap.

To find out more about Leap’s work with youngsters in the community, visit http://www.leapconfrontingconflict.org.uk/

West Side Story UK Tour Dates

Tue 24 – Sat 28 September 2013 – Liverpool Empire
Tue 01 – Sat 12 October 2013 – Sunderland Empire
Tue 22 – Sat 26 October 2013 – New Theatre Oxford
Tue 12 – Sat 16 November 2013 – Regent Theatre Stoke on Trent
Tue 19 – Sat 30 November 2013 – New Wimbledon Theatre,London
Tue 10 December – Sat 04 January 2014 – Palace Theatre Manchester
Wed 15 – Sat 25 January 2014 – King’s Theatre Glasgow
Tue 28 Jan – Sat 08 Feb 2014 – Bristol Hippodrome
Tue 11 – Sat 15 Feb 2014 – Alesbury Waterside Theatre
Tue 18 Feb – Sat 01 March 2014 – New Victoria Theatre Woking
Tue 04 – Sat 08 March 2014 – The Churchill Theatre Bromley
Tue 18 – Sat 29 March 2014 – Edinburgh Playhouse
Tue 01 – Sat 19 April 2014 – New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham
Tues 03 – Sat 14 June 2014 – Milton Keynes Theatre

For further information on the West End and tour productions for the show visit http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/west-side-story/

Rebecca

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Rebecca is a cheeky London lady with a love of theatre, cheese and wine (preferably all at the same time!) She graduated from Goldsmiths (University of London) with a First Class Honours degree in Drama and Theatre Arts and later went on to study for an NCTJ postgraduate diploma in Journalism.

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