2016 is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death and you will probably have noticed a number of events and broadcasts to mark this special occasion. Indeed, we’ve had a variety of local events and performances as part of the Fylde Coast Shakespeare Festival. This May, you can continue celebrating Shakespeare’s work by joining Aunty Social for a special sing along screening of West Side Story. Winner of ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, this electrifying musical sets the timeless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in steamy New York.
People from across the Fylde coast are invited to witness this tragic and exhilarating story of star-crossed lovers Tony (Richard Beymer) and Maria (Natalie Wood), caught in the middle of mounting tensions between rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks.
The screening is part of the BFI presents: Shakespeare on Film, a spectacular UK-wide series of 300 special screenings and events celebrating the enormous impact the playwright’s life, work and legacy has had on cinema. BFI Presents: Shakespeare on Film will see multiplexes, independent cinemas, film clubs, pop-ups and community venues the length and breadth of the UK enticing audiences with a broad range of must-see filmic interpretations of Shakespeare’s work and special events featuring leading cinematic lights.
The screening of West Side Story will take place at 7:30pm at Odeon Blackpool (Rigby Road), tickets are priced at £5 and are available online or can be bought from the Odeon. Songs will be subtitled for audience participation. With Jerome Robbins’ famous, athletic and exciting dance sequences and the incredible Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim score, it’s Romeo and Juliet retold as a modern musical classic.
For more information about Shakespeare on Film visit the BFI’s website.
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