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Following the run-away success of 'Billy Elliot' last summer, The Sir Harry Secombe Youth Musical Theatre Trust returns once again to Swansea Grand Theatre with the award-winning musical 'West Side Story', from Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd September at 7.00pm with a matinee on the Saturday at 2.00pm.
West Side Story is a musical adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet.
The feuding families become two warring New York City gangs - the white Jets led by 'Riff' and the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by 'Bernardo'. Their hatred escalates to a point where neither can coexist with any form of understanding. But when Riff's best friend (and former Jet) Tony, and Bernardo's younger sister Maria meet at a dance, no one can do anything to stop their love. Maria and Tony begin meeting in secret, planning to run away.
Then the Sharks and Jets plan a rumble under the highway - whoever wins gains control of the streets. Maria sends Tony to stop it, hoping it can end the violence. It goes terribly wrong, and before the lovers know what's happened, tragedy strikes and doesn't stop until the climactic and heartbreaking ending.
With electrifying dance routines and such memorable classics as 'America', 'Maria' and Tonight', this musical theatre favourite will appeal to all ages.
Tickets are available from Swansea Grand Theatre on 01792 475715 or can be reserved online at www.swanseagrand.co.uk and are £8.50 - £12.50 with selected concessions available.