What did critics think of & Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre?
Rewriting the end of William Shakespeare’s tragedy of star-crossed lovers, & Juliet lights up the West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Exploding with colour, confetti and contemporary tracks by legendary songwriter Max Martin, audiences join Juliet on a journey of self-discovery and second chances. Miriam-Teak Lee stars as the lead role in the musical’s West End premiere that’s thrusting Shakespeare into the modern-day. Read what theatre critics had to say about & Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre and book your tickets now!
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& Juliet reviews – What the critics said
“& Juliet is performed with a glinting knowingness and powerful pop theatre voices. The company is led by the extraordinary Miriam-Teak Lee in the title role of Juliet, who brings a sizzling presence, incredible vocals and moves to turn her into a force of nature.”
“Rainbow blasts of colour help create the make-believe Paris. The show is more than the sum of its parts. It becomes something new. Nominally set in the past, with all kinds of shapes, sizes, colours and sexualities visible on stage, it feels more like a glorious vision of a Technicolor future.”
“& Juliet, built around the music of songwriting savant Max Martin, takes this wry premise, douses it in glitter and runs with it. The shoehorning is egregious – joyously, knowingly so.
“Janson is a scream as Hathaway, who is bored of her husband’s gadding about to London and decides to rebel; Melanie La Barrie is great fun as Juliet’s seen-it-all Nurse; Tompsett is a self-regarding treat as Shakespeare. Yes, it’s all executed a bit gauchely, but its foregrounding of female and queer characters feels sweet, sincere and well-meaning – an appreciative acknowledgement of Martin’s own audience.”
Listen to the songs in & Juliet here, including ‘Domino’, ‘It’s My Life’ and ‘As Long As You Love Me’ and book your & Juliet tickets now!