& Juliet Review

I’ve been really excited to see & JULIET for some time! Mainly because I’ve heard about it’s amazing soundtrack. And wow did it! Press night had a real buzz of excitement at the Opera House Manchester this week, even the Pink carpet was out!

Everyone knows the tragedy that is Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, but what would happen if Juliet didn’t kill herself? Could there be life without Romeo?

This musical follows Shakespeare and his wife, rewriting the traditional ending into something spectacular! The costumes and the set is full of colour, glitz and glam. It’s fresh and funny, it’s modern. What I loved about it was how it was so relevant to 2019. & JULIET looked at feminism, female empowerment, individuality, equality and so many social issues.

The whole musical comes together with Max Power’s massive pop hits back to back! In a kind of Mamma Mia way, the songs are made to fit the musical, and they fit absolutely perfectly! It was if these songs were made for this show. I was in my element throughout, as a teenager I was a massive Britney and a Backstreet Boys fan so I couldn’t be happier! I must say, I have never heard a better version of ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ than from Miriam-Teak Lee (Juliet).

The whole production blew me away, with not only one sensational performance but so many. Juliet played the lead with such a flawless and outstanding voice! She was the perfect vision of female empowerment, a sassy young women on a journey of self-discovery. Outstanding performances also included from Cassidy Janson and Oliver Tompsett, they played Shakespeare and his wife, Anne and I thought they were brilliant!

There were some lovely scenes with David Bedella (Lance) and Arun Blair-Mangat (May) and some comical scenes from Melanie Le Barrie (Nurse) and Tim Mahendran (Francois). The entire cast looked like they were having the time of their lives.

Some of my favourite scenes have to be ‘Oops!…I Did It Again, Since u Been Gone, Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) and Roar.

Catch & Juliet now at the Opera House Manchester until Saturday 12th October 2019.


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