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Matt Cardle to play Shakespeare in UK and Ireland tour of & Juliet

The producers of the global sensation & JULIET are delighted to announce that multi-platinum-selling recording artist and award-winning West End actor, Matt Cardle, will play the role of Shakespeare in the upcoming UK and Ireland tour. He joins the previously announced Gerardine Sacdalan as Juliet, Sandra Marvin as Angélique and Lara Denning as Anne. The UK and Ireland tour opens at Manchester Opera House on 8 July 2024.

& JulietAlso in the cast are Jack Danson (Mamma Mia, Novello Theatre) as Romeo, Kyle Cox (Crazy For You, Gillian Lynne Theatre & Chichester Festival Theatre) as Francois, Jordan Broatch (42 Balloons, The Lowry & Vaudeville Theatre) as May, Michael Nelson (Dirty Dancing, UK & International Tour) as Henry, Liam Morris (The Bodyguard, UK Tour) as Richard, Jade Johnson (Book of Mormon, Prince of Wales Theatre) as Nell / Lady C, Rosie Singha (Love Never Dies concert, Theatre Royal Drury Lane) as Judith, Nia Stephen (Cinderella, Imagine Theatre) as Imogen, Psalms-Nissi Myers-Reid (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Theatre Royal Drury Lane) as Lucy/Alternate Juliet, Andilé Mabhena (Shrek The Musical, UK & Ireland Tour) as Augustine / Dance Team, Harriet Caplan-Dean (SIX, West End, UK Tour & International Tour), as Eleanor, Alexander Kranz (To Wong Foo, Hope Mill Theatre) as Lennox Aaron Shales (& Juliet, Shaftesbury Theatre) as Gregory / Dance Team, Toni Paise (theatrical debut) as Violet and Samuel Wilson-Freeman (Mrs Doubtfire, Shaftesbury Theatre) as Fletcher / Resident Director and Dance Captain.

Matt Cardle rose to fame as the winner of The X Factor’s highest-ever rated series in 2010, beating One Direction who came third. His performance with Rihanna on the show has been viewed over 41 million times on YouTube and his debut single When We Collide, taken from his platinum-selling debut album, has sold over 1.1 million copies. Since then, Matt has released four studio albums and has collaborated with artists such as Melanie C and Gary Barlow, the latter on Run For Your Life, which has amassed over 22 million streams to date. Matt is also set to release his fifth studio album later this year.

Matt starred as Huey Calhoun in Memphis (Shaftesbury Theatre, Wes End) alongside Beverley Knight, for which he received the WhatsOnStage award for ‘Best West End Debut.’ He also appeared as Wally Strand in Strictly Ballroom (Piccadilly Theatre) and Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (Barbican Theatre).

There is life after Romeo!

Get whisked away on a fabulous journey as Juliet ditches her famous ending for a fresh beginning and a second chance at life and love—her way. Created by the Emmy-winning writer from “Schitt’s Creek,” this hilarious new musical flips the script on the greatest love story ever told and asks, what would happen next if Juliet didn’t end it all over Romeo?

Juliet’s new story bursts to life through a playlist of pop anthems as iconic as her name, including Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time,” Katy Perry’s “Roar” and chart toppers “Since U Been Gone,” “It’s My Life,” “I Want It That Way,” and “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” — all from Max Martin, the genius songwriter/producer behind more #1 hits than any other artist this century, and his collaborators. Break free of the balcony scene and get into this romantic comedy that proves there’s life after Romeo. The only thing tragic would be missing it.

& JULIET is a global success and an Olivier and WhatsOnStage Award winning and Tony Award nominated musical. The West End production at the Shaftesbury Theatre thrilled audiences from 2019-2023, with the smash-hit Broadway production, breaking box office records and entering its second year in November 2023 and a US tour set to embark in September 2024. The musical made its North American premiere with the pre-Broadway production opening at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto in 2022. The Australian production opened in Melbourne in February 2023 before heading to Marina Bay Sands in Singapore this summer and is currently playing a return engagement in Australia.

The full creative team for the UK and Ireland tour of & JULIET includes David West Read (Book), Max Martin & Friends (Music & Lyrics), Luke Sheppard (Direction), Jennifer Weber (Choreography), Bill Sherman (Musical Supervision, Orchestrations and Arrangements), Soutra Gilmour (Scenic Design), Paloma Young (Costume Design), Howard Hudson (Lighting Design), Gareth Owen (Sound Design), Andrzej Goulding (Video & Projection Design) and Suzy Bennett (Hair, Wig & Makeup Design) and Dominic Fallacaro (Additional Arrangements and Orchestrations). Casting is by Stuart Burt.

& JULIET is presented by Max Martin and Tim Headington and is produced by Max Martin, Tim Headington, Theresa Steele Page, Jenny Petersson, Martin Dodd and Rebecca Quigley.

2024 / 2025 TOUR SCHEDULE

8 – 20 July Manchester Opera House

23 – 27 July Blackpool Opera House 0844 770 0593

30 July – 3 August Norwich Theatre Royal 01603 630 000

13 – 24 August Glasgow Kings Theatre

2 – 7 September Oxford New Theatre

9 – 21 September Sunderland Empire

23 – 28 September Hull New Theatre 01482 300306

30 September – 5 October Plymouth Theatre Royal 01752 267222

7 – 12 October Wolverhampton Grand 01902 42 92 12

14 – 19 October Canterbury Marlowe Theatre 01227 787787

28 October – 2 November Liverpool Empire Theatre

5 – 9 November Southampton Mayflower Theatre 02380 711 811

12 – 16 November Edinburgh Playhouse

18 – 30 November Leeds Grand Theatre 0113 243 0808

15 – 25 January 2025 Bristol Hippodrome

27 January – 1 February New Wimbledon Theatre

4 – 8 February Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre

17 – 22 February Leicester Curve 0116 242 3595

25 February – 8 March Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre 0818719377 (ROI)
bordgaisenergytheatre.ie 08442485101 (UK)

11 – 15 March Woking New Victoria Theatre

24 – 29 March Bradford Alhambra Theatre 01274 432000

31 March – 12 April Milton Keynes Theatre

14 – 19 April Nottingham Theatre Royal 0115 989 5555

21 April – 3 May Birmingham Hippodrome 0844 338 5000

5 – 10 May Southend Cliffs Pavilion 0343 310 0030

12 – 17 May Stoke Regent Theatre

20 May – 31 May Sheffield Lyceum Theatre 0114 249 6000

2 – 7 June Newcastle Theatre Royal 0191 232 7010

10 – 14 June Truro Hall for Cornwall 01872 262 466

16 – 28 June Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre 029 2063 6464

Further venues to be announced.

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