& Juliet is the new musical in London’s West End – what’s it all about?
& Juliet is described as an “irreverent and fun-loving new West End musical” that asks: what if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning?
The jukebox musical features a pop score by Max Martin, with songs including Break Free (Ariana Grande), …Baby One More Time (Britney Spears), Everybody (Backstreet Boys), Can’t Feel My Face (The Weeknd) and Love Me like You Do (Ellie Goulding).
& Juliet plot
SPOILERS FROM THE MUSICAL FOLLOW!
A play within a play, & Juliet follows William Shakespeare and his wife Anne Hathaway as they rewrite and act out his famous tale of star crossed lovers Romeo & Juliet.
In their newly revised version, Juliet opts not to take her own life upon finding her lover seemingly dead and instead creates a whole new life for herself.
The plot follows Juliet along with her nurse Angelique and new friends May and April – written into the story by Anne – as they head to Paris.
There they find themselves at a ball thrown by Lance (who has history with Angelique) in order for his son Francois to find a wife. With Juliet’s parents planning to send her to a convent and Francois’ father wanting him to head to the army, the pair decide to elope.
As Anne and William fight over the direction of the plot, Francois and May share a kiss while Romeo returns to win back Juliet.
The second act follows the couples before things come to a dramatic conclusion at a wedding for Francois and Juliet as the characters lay bare their true feelings.
Ultimately Juliet & Romeo enjoy a new beginning, May & Francois end up together and Lance & Angelique are wed – while Anne & William celebrate their new play and renewed relationship.
The musical has a running time of 2 hours, 30 minutes including a 15 minute interval.
& Juliet is currently playing at the Shaftesbury Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in London’s West End.
The production opened on 2 November 2019 and is currently booking through to September 2022.