Celebrating Shakespeare series
Shakespeare is celebrated in film adaptations that attracted the greatest contemporary composers of the day.
Based on Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story remains the most successful musical film at the Oscars, winning ten in all. Set in the upper west side of New York City in the late 1950s, two youngsters from rival gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. Bernstein’s superb score energises the excitement, melodrama and despair.
Peter Hinds, Associate Professor of English at Plymouth University will give a short pre-screening introduction to each film in this series.The introductory talk for West Side Story sets the film in the social and racial context of 1950s New York.
Cast: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris
Music and words by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Ernest Lehman
Date/time: Monday 16 May, 19:00
Running time: 152 mins + introductory talk
Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building
Ticket information: £6.60, concessions £4.50, Peninsula Arts Friends free. Ticket discounts available via Artory App.