It's the most famous love story ever written. William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is the tale of two lovestruck teenagers hailing from fiercely rivalling families who fall deeply in love with fatal consequences. But, have you ever considered what might have happened if Juliet had decided not to take her own life? Now you have the opportunity to find out the answer!
In a delicious twist to Shakespeare's tragic tale, & Juliet is a musical that reimagines the end of the story to the beating sounds of a contemporary pop soundtrack as & Juliet is packed to the brim with love, laughter, and lyrics that will having you singing along in no time.
To get you fully up to speed with what to expect from & Juliet, here’s our guide to this amazing West End production
What is the musical & Juliet about?
What if the final scene of Shakespeare's tragic love story Romeo & Juliet was slightly tweaked, so that instead of pain and death, there was actually joy and laughter? Turning the famous Shakespeare tragedy completely on its head, the audience meets both William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway who attempt to erase the past, meaning that instead, Juliet gets to live and travel to Paris to party, and to push the memory of Romeo from her mind. While attending the Renaissance ball in the city, Juliet meets Francois who is a spirited individual trying to carve out his own place in society. Juliet once again finds herself head over heels in love all over again, but will history repeat itself?
When was the premiere of & Juliet?
& Juliet received its world premiere at Manchester Opera House and played a limited season in Manchester from September 10th - October 12th. 2019, before making the move to the West End into its current home at the Shaftesbury Theatre a month later beginning previews from November 2nd ahead of an official opening night on November 20th.
Who wrote the musical & Juliet?
& Juliet features a book by David West Read, whose other works include 'The Dream of the Burning Boy', 'The Performers', 'The Great Pretender' and also the popular and award-winning sitcom 'Schitt’s Creek'.
The music and lyrics in & Juliet are led by Grammy Award winner, Max Martin, whose hit songs feature throughout in the musical.
Which West End theatre does & Juliet play at?
& Juliet is the resident show at the Shaftesbury Theatre which is located slightly north of Covent Garden on Shaftesbury Avenue. Recent shows that have showcased at the venue include 'Memphis the Musical', 'Motown the Musical', 'From Here to Eternity,' and 'Rock Of Ages'.
How long is & Juliet?
The running time of the West End production of & Juliet is 2 hours, 30 minutes and features a 15 minute interval.
What songs feature in & Juliet?
& Juliet is packed full of catchy pop songs that will have you singing along from start to finish. Here's the full list of songs from the show;
"Larger than Life"
"I Want It That Way"
"...Baby One More Time"
"Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely"
"Show Me Love"
"I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman"
"Teenage Dream" / "Break Free"
"Oops!... I Did It Again"
"I Kissed a Girl"
"It's My Life"
"Love Me Like You Do"
"Since U Been Gone"
"Whataya Want From Me"
"One More Try"
"Problem" / "Can't Feel My Face"
"That's the Way It Is"
"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"
"As Long as You Love Me"
"It's Gonna Be Me"
"Shape of My Heart"
"I Want It That Way" (reprise)
"Can't Stop the Feeling!"
Has & Juliet won any awards?
& Juliet received nine Olivier Award nominations in 2020 including 'Best New Musical' with all cast members nominated for solo awards winning their respective categories.
Performances are currently taking place at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London and tickets can be bought securely online from Theatretickets-London.co.uk or directly from the box office.