Romeo and Juliet - coming to the Duke of York's Theatre in London

Is Jamie Lloyd taking Romeo & Juliet starring Tom Holland to Broadway?

It would hardly be breaking news, but rumours are currently swirling around London’s Theatreland that a Broadway transfer for Jamie Lloyd’s new production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is on the cards, headlined by Hollywood star Tom Holland (Spider-Man).

Romeo and Juliet, directed by Jamie Lloyd, is set to play the Duke of York’s Theatre in London starring Tom Holland from 11 May to 3 August 2024.

The Mirror newspaper in the UK cites a source who says that Romeo & Juliet will definitely transfer to New York following its London run this summer. There were no further details provided in terms of dates, venue or casting.

A transfer seems likely, depending on Tom Holland’s other commitments, given the momentum behind this new production, and generally behind Jamie Lloyd’s work on both sides of the Atlantic.

Lloyd’s recent, sensational revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard at the West End’s Savoy Theatre is making its way to Broadway later this year, playing the St. James Theatre from 28 September 2024, and once again starring Nicole Scherzinger as Norma Desmond, alongside Tom Francis as Joe Gillis, Grace Hodgett Young as Betty Schaefer and David Thaxton as Max Von Mayerlin.

The cast album for Sunset Boulevard, record live at the Savoy Theatre, is currently available for pre-order, and is released in October.

Jamie Lloyd also scored a success last year with his revival of A Doll’s House on Broadway starring Jessica Chastain. Lloyd’s recent National Theatre production of Lucy Prebble’s The Effect transferred to The Shed theatre in New York last month, starring Paapa Essiedu and Taylor Russell. 

Romeo & Juliet, starring Tom Holland as Romeo, was first announced on 6 February, with full casting revealed at the end of March. The cast will also include Francesca Amewudah-Rivers (Bad Education, School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play) as Juliet, Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who, Sense8, God of Carnage) as Nurse, Michael Balogun (Sherwood, The Lehman Trilogy) as Friar, Tomiwa Edun (Macbeth, The Deep Blue Sea) as Capulet, Mia Jerome (Treasure Island) as Montague, Daniel Quinn-Toye as Paris, Ray Sesay (Doctor Who, Anna Karenina) as Tybalt, Nima Taleghani (Cyrano de Bergerac, Hope Has A Happy Meal) as Benvolio, Joshua-Alexander Williams as Mercutio, and Callum Heinrich (Mamma Mia!) and Kody Mortimer (Sunset Boulevard) as Camera Operators.

On Friday, The Jamie Lloyd Company had to put out a press statement responding to online racist abuse suffered by the show’s leading lady, Francesca Amewudah-Rivers.

The statement said: “Following the announcement of our Romeo & Juliet cast, there has been a barrage of deplorable racial abuse online directed towards a member of our company. This must stop. We are working with a remarkable group of artists. We insist that they are free to create work without facing online harassment. We will continue to support and protect everyone in our company at all costs. Any abuse will not be tolerated and will be reported. Bullying and harassment have no place online, in our industry or in our wider communities. Our rehearsal room is full of joy, compassion and kindness. We celebrate the extraordinary talent of our incredible collaborators. The Romeo & Juliet community will continue to rehearse with generosity and love, and focus on the creation of our production.”

This Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 5,000 £25 tickets are being released across the run for under 30s, key workers and those receiving government benefits.

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