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& Juliet


Shaftesbury Theatre

210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8DP 020 7379 5399

& Juliet
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  • Theatremonkey show opinion
  • Reader reviews
  • Performance schedule
  • Ticket prices

Signed performance: 26th February 2020 at 7.30pm
Audio described performance: 10th March 2020 at 7.30pm

 

What happens after Romeo dies? A jukebox musical considers the idea.

 

12th May 2020 will be a "singalong" performance.

Not available. Professional reviewers agree that it is noisy, raucous and contains loud pop-songs and a thin plot. The number of stars given corresponds to whether or not they like that kind of thing. For those that do, they note some strong performances and decent jokes. Those who don't find it yet another nail in the musical theatre coffin. 2 stars if you dislike this kind of musical, 4 or even 5 stars if you want an intellectually less stimulating romp through some tunes of your 90s childhood, seems to be the verdict.

Legacy reader reviews

I totally agree to your summary of professional reviews. But although it is a Jukebox musical - which I usually do not prefer - the show is really good. Especially because it does not regard itself as too serious. The way they “use” the well known pop songs to underline the (thin) plot makes it good entertainment. We all have seen jukebox musicals with less good ideas.

And the performers do a good, many of them an outstanding, job.

OK, you see that everything in the show is planned to achieve an effect, but many of them are good.

By the way - the day seats have a great price for a good view. But some of the pictures - the stage design created - are not (good) viewable from this row. Here row 8 or 10 and behind (or on the upper levels) will give a much better view, that could be worth paying the price for it.
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& Juliet asks an interesting question: What if, when Juliet awoke from the sleeping draught she took, rather than take her own life... she decided to live it?

The play starts as William Shakespeare completes the final scene... which doesn't go down well with the cast, or with Anne Hathaway, who has travelled down to London to see her husband.  She suggests a different direction....

...and history's about to get overthrown (sorry, wrong musical.  I will come back here later).

Juliet, her friends April and May (April, May, July-et!) along with Juliet's Nurse move from Verona to Paris, and life becomes even more complicated.

So that's the story, what about the show?  This is a jukebox musical, but rather than being a vehicle for an artist, & Juliet draws upon the extensive catalogue of Max Martin, a man who has penned more US No. 1 singles than anyone... except Lennon and McCartney.

So we're sound with the music. The storyline?  Like any good Shakespearean comedy there are multiple romances, triangles and trysts.  

Not giving the game away, but the story ties itself in a knot it never truly resolves around the half-way mark.  But this doesn't overshadow the fun.

& Juliet is in your face.  It's lively and brash (and loud), but it also has gentle comedy and very tender moments, especially from May, who is struggling with gender and identity (the rendition of "Not Yet A Woman" is touching).  There are jokes that hit the mark perfectly, segues into musical numbers that rival Mamma Mia! for cheese.  And the cast all give it everything they've got.

If you're happy to run with a wafer-thin base plot and enjoy the music of Max Martin, then I'll happily recommend this show.

But I can't help compare to the West End's other history-bending show.  SIX has a combination of joy, tightness and original songs (albeit based on various artist's styles) that & Juliet just doesn't match.  And SIX deals with it's significant other in a more satisfying way.

But & Juliet takes the jukebox musical in a new direction, one that is a lot of fun.

Bob Pickett.

The monkey advises checking performance times on your tickets and that performances are happening as scheduled, before travelling.

Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Runs 2 hours 30 minutes approximately.

Theatres use "dynamic pricing." Seat prices change according to demand for a particular performance. Prices below were compiled as booking originally opened. Current prices are advised at time of enquiry.


Monday to Thursday
Stalls

Rows A to U: £75 except:
"Premium Seats" rows E to K 15 to 22: £99.50
Rows V and W: £62.50
Rows X and Y: £50

Dress Circle
Rows A to K: £75 except
"Premium Seats" row B to D 15 to 22: £99.50
Rows L and M: £62.50

Upper Circle
rows A to C: £50
Rows D to F: £40
rows G to J: £22.50

Boxes: 
D and H £75 per seat. 
C and G £62.50 per seat.

 

Friday and Saturday
Stalls

Rows A to U: £75 except:
"Premium Seats" rows E to H 13 to 24; J and K 15 to 22: £110
Rows V and W: £62.50
Rows X and Y: £50

Dress Circle
Rows A to K: £75 except
"Premium Seats" row B to D 13 to 24: £110
Rows L and M: £62.50

Upper Circle
rows A to C: £50
Rows D to F: £40
rows G to J: £22.50

Boxes: 
D and H £75 per seat. 
C and G £62.50 per seat.

 

Day Seats: A limited number of tickets, usually 20 in stalls row B (front row), are available to personal callers at the box office from 10am, priced £20 each. Limited to maximum of 2 per person in the queue. Check with the box office before travelling if a day seat policy is still in operation.  

A "Family Ticket" for 5 or more people can be purchased on 020 7297 5399 for all Monday to Friday performances until 29th January 2021. It reduces top non-premium price seats to £49.50 each (booking fee applies) when a minimum of 5 tickets are purchased for a single performance in a single transaction.

 

Some details may change. The monkey will update as available.
 

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