West Side Story (12A)


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7 June 2022 at 7.30pm (please note start time)

Haddenham Youth & Community Centre


2hr 29mins


Director:  Steven Spielberg

Starring:  Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez



An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.
Manhattan, Upper West Side, 1957. Against the backdrop of the decaying tenements in the San Juan Hill neighbourhood and the constant threat of the wrecking ball, two warring gangs--tough Riff's Jets and swaggering Bernardo's Puerto Rican Sharks--fight for supremacy. Now, with a once-and-for-all, winner-takes-all rumble on the cards, an unexpected whirlwind romance at the high-school dance between former Jet brawler Tony and Bernardo's delicate little sister María sets the stage for an all-out turf war. But what's a gang without its territory? Above all, when the future is uncertain, what's hope without love?


Awards:     Oscar winner     Bafta winner



Observer     "Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ is Simply Fabulous. A film for both the past and present, as pleasing as the best movie musicals used to be, and as relevant as today's headlines."

Guardian     "Spielberg’s triumphantly hyperreal remake. Stunning recreations of the original film’s New York retain the songs and the dancing in a re-telling that will leave you gasping"