Friday 22 June – Sunday 24 June 2012. Tickets available at
(book for Sunday evening’s show for best availability)

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of this iconic film, the Royal Albert Hall presents a high definition film screening with the score played live by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

West Side Story

Leonard Bernstein‘s seminal score was inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and tells the story of the bitter battle between the Jets and the Sharks , featuring the much loved songs America, Somewhere and Tonight, with lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim.

Having taken Broadway and London’s West End by storm in the late-1950′s, the musical was adapted into a film by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins in 1961. The film received widespread critical acclaim and went on to win 10 Academy Awards.

Watch lead character Tony sing Maria:

50th anniversary screenings

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this iconic film, the Royal Albert Hall announced this high-definition film screening with a live orchestra. The format had previously been used to breathtaking effect at the Hall in recent years, with sold-out performances of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Matrix.

Bernstein’s electrifying score has been performed, reworked and recorded numerous times over the decades, and this time The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Jayce Ogren, are ready to bring it to life once more over 5 special shows between Friday 22 & Sunday 24 June.


View the trailer for the West Side Story film:

West Side Story © 1961 Metro-­Goldwyn-­Mayer Studios Inc. All rights reserved. © A.M.P.A.S.


To celebrate these special screenings of West Side Story, we are offering you the chance to win a pair of tickets to see the show on Sunday 24 June at 7pm.To be in with a chance to win, just answer the following question:

How many Academy Awards did the West Side Story film win in 1961?
a) 9
b) 10
c) 11


Competition Terms and Conditions:
The deadline for entries is 12 noon on Friday 22 June.
Tickets will be available to collect from the Royal Albert Hall on the day of the performance.
Tickets may not be exchanged, refunded or resold.
The prize is 2 tickets for West Side Story at 7pm on Sunday 24 June 2012.
Travel to the Royal Albert Hall is not included.