Shakespeare’s best tragic like tale is again centre stage thanks to award-profitable anthemic pop musical & Juliet, and Australian beloved theatre legend Rob Mills has confirmed it is the “best factor [he’s] been in due to the fact Wicked”.

Coming to the Regent Theatre from February 26, & Juliet rewrites historical past and commences times right before the traditional tale finishes, with Juliet picking lifetime in its place of demise.

“Within the confines of this participate in, Shakespeare is fundamentally finishing off writing Romeo and Juliet and it’s about him making an attempt to locate an ending to the play,” Mr Mills, who performs the renowned playwright, instructed CBD Information.

“His wife Anne Hathaway, performed by the remarkable Amy Lehpamer, doesn’t like the original ending, and so which is how the demonstrate commences, and so we obtain out what transpires to Juliet and what the most effective route forward is.”

Published by Emmy Award-successful Schitt’s Creek author David West Read with audio from famous songwriter and producer Max Martin, & Juliet is certain to deliver much more than what very first satisfies the eye.

“It [& Juliet] is so intelligent, amusing, and so comprehensive of coronary heart and enjoy,” Mr Mills reported.


The attention to element is so incredible, I imagine persons will be blown absent by the creativeness of it all. When a musical gets all the factors ideal, from the tunes to the script, the set design and the choreography, and then you incorporate in an extremely gifted, wonderful, and various cast of all ages and backgrounds, it’s a true desire appear real.


While an upbeat effectiveness with pop audio tunes that will have audience associates itching to stand up and dance, the music in & Juliet have been woven into the perform in a way that will make them an asset to the storyline.

As a generation with a solid information that speaks into next odds and the hard work included in generating enjoy operate, Mr Mills claimed he was seriously enthusiastic for the conversations people would have as they exited the theatre.

“I have usually located Romeo and Juliet to be the greatest lust story of all time [rather than love story] as Shakespeare usually takes on how younger really like is irrational and it is not mature and it does jumps to conclusions and rushes matters, while & Juliet truly brings that story to the a contemporary age and digs further into associations and why they work and how hard it is to make enjoy operate,” he stated.

“Sometimes it will take supplying a next probability to make love function, and often it’s about the more do the job you have to place in. You have to continue to keep slipping in adore above and around all over again to retain relationships.”

Equipped with a stellar forged of Lorinda May well Merrypor as the strong feminine direct of Juliet, and performers Blake Appelqvist, Casey Donovan, and Hayden Tee among the other people, the Australian season is out to verify exactly why & Juliet is a Broadway and West Conclusion smash hit.

But it is Australia’s very own spin on the common that producer Michael Cassel is most fired up for.

“In the iconic phrases of Max Martin and Jessie J, this forged definitely ‘takes me down, like I’m a domino’,” he reported. “Australia deserves a exhibit with this substantially joy, and a cast that can knock it out of the theatre every solitary night and that is just what they will supply.”

& Juliet first premiered on London’s West Conclude in 2019, followed by New York’s Broadway in November 2022, earning Melbourne the third city in the globe to host the critically acclaimed output. •

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