Perse theatre director takes on major production of West Side Story
14 May 2019
Picture: Olivia Ahmadi
Perse Theatre Director in Residence Matt Hawksworth has been given the honour of staging a production of West Side Story at Birmingham Hippodrome this summer.
Mr Hawksworth is directing and choreographing a production of the legendary musical on the Birmingham Hippodrome’s main stage from 29 to 31 August to mark the theatre’s 120th anniversary.
More than 1,000 young people from the Midlands auditioned for the roles, with 40 being chosen to bring to life West Side Story, which tells the tale of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria on either side of the divide between the Jets and Sharks gangs in New York.
Mr Hawksworth said: “I am privileged to be directing and choreographing West Side Story for Birmingham Hippodrome in their special anniversary year. Working with the very best of emerging talent in the region, alongside a professional creative team and on one of the most prestigious stages in the UK, the production is set to be one of the highlights of the theatre’s year.
“I’m immensely grateful for the support The Perse Upper have given me to be able to take on this exciting project and I can’t wait to be able to share my experiences of the production with our pupils here next term.”
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