Bernstein Double Bill

Trouble in Tahiti / West Side Story Symphonic Dances

16 October – 20 November 2021

Dates & venues

Dreams of a better life

American composer Leonard Bernstein was a major influence on the Broadway musical stage and this double bill brings together two of his pieces in a thrilling evening of music, dance and drama.

The curtain goes up on Sam and Dinah living a charmed life in their little white house in 1950s suburbia. But look more closely and you’ll see the cracks starting to appear in this couple’s American Dream… The satirical Trouble in Tahiti brings the sounds of jazz, musical theatre and the movies together, with a moment of full Hollywood pizzazz in Dinah’s showpiece number ‘Island Magic’.

West Side Story is a landmark of musical theatre and Bernstein’s stand-alone Symphonic Dances extracted from the show are packed with mambos, waltzes and cha-chas. Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Dane Hurst creates an entirely new dance work which responds to these rhythms as dancers navigate the rough edges and walls of city life, exploring conflict and the need to connect.

“…razor-sharp… a joy from the off.”
★★★★★ — The Arts Desk (2017)

“…a fleet and witty staging… I loved every minute.”
★★★★ — The Telegraph (2017)

Price
£15 to £77.50*
Venues
  • Leeds Grand Theatre
  • Theatre Royal, Newcastle
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays
  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Running time
Approximately 2 hours

Language
Trouble in Tahiti is sung in English with English titles

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*Prices vary by venue. Booking fees may apply.

Symphonic Dances in association with Phoenix Dance Theatre

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Story

In a little white house in 1950s suburban America, Sam and Dinah are having breakfast. Aware of the growing separation between them, they agree to discuss their relationship problems that evening.

Sam arrives at the office, late from their bickering. Meanwhile, Dinah is at her therapist’s office recalling a dream.

It’s lunchtime, Sam and Dinah accidentally run into each other. Rather than eating together, they both make up imaginary commitments with others and go on with their days separately. Both parents miss their son’s play in favour of their own pursuits – Sam plays a handball tournament with a colleague, Dinah goes to the movies.

After dinner, Sam decides the time has come for their talk. Yet neither of them know where to begin. Sam suggests they go see a new movie about Tahiti, Dinah agrees even though she saw the very same film that afternoon. The couple wonders whether it’ll ever be possible to rekindle their love, for now, they opt for the magic of the silver screen.

Cast: Trouble in Tahiti

Quirijn de Lang

Sam

Sandra Piques Eddy

Dinah

Creative team: Trouble in Tahiti

Antony Hermus

Conductor (exc. 4, 6, 11, 13 Nov)

Martin Pickard

Conductor (4, 6, 11, 13 Nov)

Matthew Eberhardt

Director

Charles Edwards

Set Designer

Hannah Clark

Costume Designer

Creative team: Symphonic Dances

Antony Hermus

Conductor (exc. 4, 6, 11, 13 Nov)

Martin Pickard

Conductor (4, 6, 11, 13 Nov)

Dane Hurst

Director/Choreographer

Charles Edwards

Set designer

Hannah Postlethwaite

Associate designer

Ana Inés Jabares-Pita

Costume designer

Kieron Johnson

Lighting designer

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