Friday, January 25

Cassidy Janson and Oliver Tompsett join Miriam-Teak Lee in new Shakespearean-inspired musical &Juliet

Updated 8th February: with tickets now on presale for  Manchester and London more casting news has been announced: Cassidy Janson, will play Anne Hathaway with Oliver Tompsett cast as her husband William Shakespeare Melanie La Barrie is the  Nurse,  Jordan-Luke Gage is Romeo with Tim Mehendran and ensemble members Arun Blair-Mangat,   Jocasta Almgill, Josh Baker, Alishia-Marie Blake, Ivan De Freitas, Rhian Duncan, Danielle Fiamanya, Kieran Lai, Nathan Lorainey-Dineen, Jaye Marshall, Grace Mouat, Antoine Murray-Straughan,Kerri Norville, Christopher Parkinson, Dillon Scott-Lewis, Kirstie Skivington and Alex Tranter.

Cassidy Janson who played Carole King in Beautiful, said that in & Juliet, Hathaway starts writing Juliet’s story as if she hadn’t died. She said ‘There are little twists and turns in the re-telling, and it’s very comedy based,’ taking Juliet off on adventures that see her to Paris. Janson will  sing the big Max Martin ballad That’s The Way It Is (a hit for Celine Dion) plus  a couple of duets
 Miriam-Teak Lee is to star in & Juliet:   a new Shakespearean-inspired musical  featuring the songs of Swedish-born songwriter and producer Max Martin.  The musical fantasises about Juliet’s life if she hadn’t taken poison with  Romeo and starts previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre on November 2nd  with a  try-out  run at the Opera House, Manchester, from September 10th - October 12th.

Martin is behind a list of chart-topping singles including Baby One More Time for Britney Spears; Love Me Like You Do for Ellie Goulding; Send My Love by Adele and It’s My Life for Bon Jovi which are due to  be performed in & Juliet.

The show, written by David West Read, will feature Shakespeare and wife Anne Hathaway among the characters. Director  Luke Sheppard, the 32-year-old (who directed Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit  In The Heights) told Baz Bamigboye. Romeo is not a big part of Act 1. Juliet’s only had one lover, so what does a young girl get up to? She leaves Verona and goes to Paris in search of adventure. Her nurse is part of that journey. Martin’s song catalogue felt like an actual way of extending the show’s narrative.

Miriam-Teak Lee's credits include  Drew McOnie’s production of On The Town, she was part of the original cast of Hamilton at the Victoria Palace when she  understudied the three Schuyler sisters (Angelica, Eliza and Peggy), and during her 12-month run got to perform all of them.

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