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In The Heights at King’s Cross Theatre

Published by: Clare Brotherwood on 15th Oct 2015 | View all blogs by Clare Brotherwood


In The Heights is the West Side Story of the 21st century.

Already the winner of multiple awards including three Tonys, it is vibrant, energetic and uplifting, but instead of gangland rivalry, Quiara Alegria Hudes’ story goes deeper, into the lives of struggling Hispanics and how they strive for more.

It still has the sort of music which made West Side Story so memorable, but Lin-Manuel Miranda’s includes rap and there’s breakdancing as well as dynamic dance routines for today’s young audiences, including one scene where the dancers are all holding mobile phone to their ears and another where phones light the space during a blackout. Add to this gritty family feuds and, of course, young love, and you have a well-rounded, entertaining show.

The King’s Cross Theatre’s unique space is ideal, with Usnavi’s bodego at one end of the stage and, at the other, Daniela’s beauty salon and the Rosarios’ cab office.

With the performers in the middle, separating the auditorium (or Platforms 1 and 2), it makes for an intimacy you wouldn’t normally find in a theatre of almost 1,000 seats.

The cast is strong, particularly the soloists, from Vas Constanti’s operatic voice as slushi seller Piragua to the soaring voices of Lily Frazer as Nina and Jade Ewen as Vanessa. Sam MacKay is particularly popular with the audience as Usnavi and David Bedella adds gravitas as the cab office owner.


In The Heights continues until January 3, 2016.

Box Office: 0844 871 7604


1 Comment

  • Carolin Kopplin
    by Carolin Kopplin 2 years ago
    I saw it at the Southwark Playhouse and really liked it.
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