From classic pop songs to inclusive love stories, & Juliet is the ultimate musical experience.

Lorinda May Merrypor’s voice and stage presence perfectly bring to life the character of Juliet (she’s definitely nothing like the original version Shakespeare first penned) while Blake Appelqvist is a comedian genius as Romeo and Yashith Fernando lights up the stage as Francois, a man with a complicated family who becomes embroiled in more than one love story.

Casey Donovan as Angélique, Juliet’s doting but opinionated nurse, completely steals the show with her powerhouse voice, her expert comedic timing, and the onstage chemistry she shares with her complicated lover, Lance (played by Hayden Tee).

‘Shakespeare’ and ‘Britney Spears’ were two names we never expected to anchor the same show. They actually make perfect sense side by side in the world created by & Juliet and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more joyous musical theatre experience. Or one that will immediately envelop you in a story that feels fresh and new, while weaving in comforting elements of pop culture nostalgia.

I have been playing the & Juliet soundtrack ever since I saw the show during its opening week in Sydney and it always makes me think of a timeless scene from the Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant rom-com Music and Lyrics, where Grant’s character delivers a passionate speech saying nothing will make you feel better faster than listening to a pop song. 

And the same can be said for watching & Juliet.

With its vibrant costumes and sets, exceptional cast and a song list piled with hits, & Juliet is the ultimate musical experience. 

Book your tickets to & Juliet, now playing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre for a strictly limited season. 

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