Hands on a Hardbody Tony nominee Keala Settle, who performed "This Is Me" in the Hugh Jackman film The Greatest Showman, will make her West End debut in the award-winning & Juliet next month.
Settle steps into the role of the Nurse beginning March 29 in the hit-filled jukebox comedy about Shakespeare's star-crossed lover reclaiming control of her fate. Last seen on Broadway in the Tony-nominated Waitress, Settle will continue through June 18 at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
Also scheduled to perform on ITV 1's Loose Women January 19 and on BBC 1's Big Night of Musicals January 29, Settle will join a cast that includes Olivier winners Miriam-Teak Lee as Juliet and Cassidy Janson as Anne Hathaway as well as Oliver Tompsett as William Shakespeare, Tim Mahendran as Francois, and Alex Thomas-Smith as May.
David Bedella continues his Olivier Award-winning performance as Lance until March 26, as does Jordan Luke Gage as Romeo. New casting for these roles will be announced at a later date.
The ensemble includes Roshani Abbey, Jocasta Almgill, Josh Baker, Ivan De Freitas, Rhian Duncan, Kieran Lai, Nathan Lorainey-Dineen, Jaye Marshall, Grace Mouat, Antoine Murray-Straughan, Billy Nevers, Kerri Norville, Christopher Parkinson, Kirstie Skivington, Alex Tranter, Sophie Usher, and Rhys Wilkinson.
With dozens of pop anthems by Max Martin, & Juliet is directed by Luke Sheppard with a story by David West Read, choreography by Jennifer Weber, and set design by Soutra Gilmour.
Max Martin and Tim Headington present & Juliet, which is produced by Martin Dodd, Headington, Martin, Jenny Petersson, and Theresa Steele Page. The musical is currently selling tickets through September 24.
The North American premiere of & Juliet will play Toronto’s Prince of Wales Theatre June 21-August 14.