Round-up of & Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre
You’ll have heard of Romeo & Juliet, the tale of two lovestruck teenagers from rivalling families in Verona who fall in love with fatal endings. But, what would have happened if Juliet had decided to stay alive?
Rewriting the end of Shakespeare’s tragedy to the sounds of contemporary pop songs, & Juliet is jampacked with plenty of laughter, love and lyrics you’ll definitely recognise! Now we’ve visited the West End’s biggest party, check out our complete guide to & Juliet and why you need to book your tickets to this brand new musical.
All about & Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre
What happens in & Juliet?
What would happen if the final scene of Romeo & Juliet could be rewritten? Rubbing out the well-known ending of Shakespeare’s tragedy, William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway rewrite the story’s ending, where Juliet decides to get over Romeo’s death by travelling 600 miles from Verona to Paris. Finding herself at a Renaissance Ball, she meets Francois, a spirited individual whose trying to find himself in society. Falling in love all over again, can Juliet be stronger than ever?
Filled with some of the biggest pop hits in recent years, you won’t think of the Shakespearean tragedy in the same way again with this modern shake-up.
Where did inspiration for & Juliet come from?
In an interview by Richard Barber, the musical inspiration came from the discovery of Max Martin’s songs are about love and love stories. With David West Read asked to write a story that could fit to Martin’s songs, he decided upon an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet where Juliet would “choose life not death”.
Speaking about the musical, Oliver Tompsett said “It’s got originality and real integrity, but it’s also a bucketload of fun which doesn’t take itself too seriously. To me, it’s a perfect blend of heart and humour.”
Who is starring in & Juliet?
Miriam-Teak Lee originates the role of Juliet in the show’s West End premiere. Making her professional stage debut in On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, she went on to win a Stage Debut award for her performance as Claire DeLoone. Later cast in the original cast of Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre, don’t miss Teak Lee as a leading lady!
Oliver Tompsett and Cassidy Janson star as William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway respectively. Tompsett’s West End credits include Kinky Boots and Guys and Dolls, with Janson’s previous performing credits including Man of La Mancha at the London Coliseum.
Melanie La Barrie stars as the Nurse, previously starring as Madame Morrible in Wicked, with David Bedella as Lance, who previously won an Olivier Award for his performance in In the Heights.
The cast is completed by Jordan Luke Gage as Romeo, Arun Blair-Mangat as May, Tim Mahendran as Francois, Jocasta Almgill, Josh Baker, Alishia Blake, Rhian Duncan, Ivan De Freitas, Danielle Fiamanya, Kieran Lai, Nathan Lorainey-Dineen, Jaye Marshall, Grace Mouat, Antoine Murray-Straughan, Kerri Norville, Christopher Parkinson, Dillon Scott-Lewis, Kirstie Skivington and Alex Tranter.
What songs are in & Juliet?
With plenty of pop songs written by Max Martin from recent years, you’ll find yourself singing along all the way through & Juliet. With 22 number one hits, Martin has established himself as a leading songwriter, with numerous Grammy Award nominations as well as working with globally-renowned artists. Find out more about the songs in & Juliet here.
Why should you see & Juliet?
As soon as you walk into the theatre, you’ll hear the chords of seminal pop tracks: ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’, ‘Larger than Life’ and ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ to name a few. Then, the cast casually trickle onto the stage a few minutes before the show starts, giving audiences a taste of their hip-hop skills and fun-loving personalities. But, you won’t have to long to wait before the action starts, so get ready for the pop music-fuelled extravaganza to take over the Shaftesbury!
Led through new ideas for the ending of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway, Juliet comes alive like you’ve never seen her before. Visiting Paris with the Nurse, her friend May, April (played by Anne who joins in the action), you’ll see Juliet gatecrash parties, fall in love and become independent in ways that stay true to both Shakespeare’s era and a stereotypical millennial life.
If you’re looking for a fun-loving musical that’s tackling social issues in an upbeat way, you’ll want to book & Juliet tickets now.
Where can I see & Juliet in London’s West End and how do I get there?
& Juliet is playing at the Shaftesbury Theatre, located on Shaftesbury Avenue (WC2H 8DP). The closest train station is King’s Cross St Pancras, which is a 15-2o minute walk from the theatre. Central and Northern line underground services are available from Tottenham Court Road tube station, a five minute walk from the theatre.
When is & Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre?
& Juliet is currently booking at the Shaftesbury Theatre to 30th May 2020.
& Juliet tickets are available now.