Shaftesbury Avenue, London
Previewed: 2 November 2019
Opened: 20 November 2019
Closed 14 March 2020
Reopened: 24 September 2021
Booking up to: 25 June 2022
Nearest Tube: Totttenham Court Road
Location Map: Street map
Monday at 7.30pm
Tuesday at 7.30pm
Wednesday at 7.30pm
Thursday at 7.30pm
Friday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday no shows
Runs 2 hours and 30 minutes including one interval
£? to £?
(plus booking fees if applicable)
The new stage musical & Juliet in London - The most famous love story of all time. Remixed
What happened after Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet finished? This new musical picks up where Shakespeare finished... Romeo lies poisoned, Juliet awakens from her slumber, picks up the dagger and... decides to get a life instead. Off she sets to Paris with Nurse and her friends, a hilarious, comical journey of romance and self-discovery, accompanied by some of the biggest pop anthems of the past three decades including... Ellie Goulding's Love Me Like You Do, The Weeknd's Can't Feel My Face, Britney Spears' Baby One More Time, and Backstreet Boys' Everybody (Backstreet's Back).
Musical written by David West Read, and featuring songs written by Max Martin and others.
The cast from 24 September 2021 includes Miriam-Teak Lee as 'Juliet', Jordan Luke Gage as 'Romeo', Cassidy Janson as 'Anne Hathaway', Oliver Tompsett as 'Shakespeare', Melanie La Barrie as 'Nurse', David Bedella as 'Lance', Alex Thomas-Smith as 'May', and Tim Mahendran as 'Francois'. Casting subject to change without notice.
Directed by Luke Sheppard, with choreography by Jennifer Weber, sets by Soutra Gilmour, costumes by Paloma Young, video by Andrzej Goulding, lighting by Howard Hudson, and sound by Gareth Owen.
Note: Due to the COVID-19 situation this production closed on Saturday 14 March 2020, although it was booking up to Saturday 3 October 2020. It reopened from Friday 24 September 2021.
When this production opened here at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London's West End in November 2019, Nick Curtis in the London Evening Standard thought that "the plot and message of female empowerment are pretty thin but this jukebox musical is an absolute blast... This show is camp, overblown and absurd but fills a particular West-End niche particularly well." Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph highlighted that, "dripping with high-energy dance routines, it's essentially glorified panto. Whether it outlasts the panto season, that is the question. But part of me thinks this feelgood extravaganza might just prove the new We Will Rock You. We Will Rock Will, perhaps." Michael Billington in the Guardian explained how "Romeo and Juliet, the starting point for numerous operas, ballets and musicals, is now the inspiration - if that is the word - for this bizarre jukebox bonanza in which the back catalogue of the prolific Swedish tunesmith Max Martin, has been shoehorned into a silly story derived from Shakespeare's play... in its desperation to sound the right feminist notes, becomes almost painfully hip." Clive Davis in the Times described how "it's loud, irreverent and camp, the cast bumping and grinding on a set that is a cross between Cinderella and an episode of Eurotrash... the actors throw themselves into the task with such gusto that you can't help warming to them... The audience adored every minute." Sam Marlowe in the i newspaper said that "it is, unashamedly, Shakespeare for the generation that grew up on TV talent shows... the result is a jukebox musical with the broad humour and fairytale sentiment of a pantomime, plus a generous dash of The X Factor... In truth the show is neither edgy, nor cool. It is, though, rambunctious fun." Patrick Marmion in the Daily Mail commented how "no one can or need deny the terrific talent of the body-popping crew, led by Miriam-Teak Lee as the sassy, streetsmart Juliet... In the end, though, I was simply ground down by Max Martin's formulaic music, and David West Read's box-ticking plot. Obviously, it's all meant to be good harmless fun. But to me it felt like theatrical Botox, lyrical waxing and cosmetic surgery rolled into one."
Miriam-Teak Lee's London theatre credits include being in the ensemble of the original West End cast of the Lin-Manuel Miranda's new musical Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre in 2017; and playing the role of 'Claire' in Drew McOnie's revival of the Leonard Bernstein musical On the Town at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in 2017.
Cassidy Janson's London stage credits include the roles of 'Mollie Ralston' in Ian Talbot's production of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap at the St Martin's Theatre in 2021; 'Florence Vassy' in Laurence Connor's revival of the Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice musical Chess at the London Coliseum in 2018; 'Carole King' in the Marc Bruni's production of Douglas McGrath's Carole King musical Beautiful at the Aldwych Theatre in 2017; and 'Maggie Saunders' in Ian Talbot's production of the Peter Sham and Brad Carroll musical Lend Me A Tenor at the Gielgud Theatre in 2011.
Oliver Tompsett's West End credits include the role of 'Charlie Price' in Jerry Mitchell's production of the Cyndi Lauper musical Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre in 2018; the role of 'Sky Masterson' in Gordon Greenberg's revival the Frank Loesser musical Guys and Dolls at the Phoenix Theatre in 2016; the role of 'Galileo' in Christopher Renshaw's production of Ben Elton's Queen musical We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre in 2012; and the role of 'Fiyero' in Joe Mantello's production of the Stephen Schwartz musical Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in 2007.
Melanie La Barrie's West End theatre credits include creating the role of 'Mrs Corry' in the original cast of Richard Eyre's production of the Disney stage musical Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre in 2004.
The original cast from 2 November 2019 to 14 March 2020 featured Miriam-Teak Lee as 'Juliet', Jordan Luke Gage as 'Romeo', Arun Blair-Mangat as 'May', Cassidy Janson as 'Anne Hathaway', David Bedella as 'Lance', Melanie La Barrie as 'Nurse', Oliver Tompsett as 'Shakespeare', Tim Mahendran as 'Francois', Alex Tranter as 'Henry', Antoine Murray-Straughan as 'Augustine', Billy Nevers as 'Cuthbert', Christopher Parkinson as 'Fletcher', Danielle Fiamanya as 'Lucy', Dillon Scott-Lewis as 'Richard', Grace Mouat as 'Judith', Ivan De Freitas as 'Lord Capulet'/'Sly', Jaye Marshall as 'Margaret', Jocasta Almgill as 'Lady Capulet'/'Nell', Josh Baker as 'Thomas', Kerri Norville as 'Susanna', Kieran Lai as 'Kempe', Kirstie Skivington as 'Eleanor', Nathan Lorainey-Dineen as 'Gregory', Rhian Duncan as 'Imogen', and Sophie Usher as 'Gwynne'.
The musical And Juliet in London at the Shaftesbury Theatre previewed from 2 November 2019, opened on 20 November 2019, closed on 14 March 2020, and reopened from 24 September 2021