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'Romeo and Juliet: the Musical' opened in November of 2002 at the Piccadilly Theatre in London. Because of it's lack of success (which I believe to be because of the trite lyrics, and 10 peice orchestra), the show closed February 8th, 2003. The show ran only for 4 months.

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Andrew Bevis (Romeo)

Andrew was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. His stage credits include: "Jerry Springer - The Opera" at the Edinburgh Festival 2002 (Avalon/ Blue Fox Entertainment), "Sweeney Todd" (Opera North), "Les Misérables" (Palace Theatre, London). His Australian theatre credits include: Henrik in "A Little Night Music" (International Management Group/Melbourne Theatre Company), Barnaby in Christopher Renshaw's production of "Hello, Dolly!" (Gordon Frost Organisation), the Broadway workshop of The Little Princess, Moritz in Spring Awakening, the world première of "Favourite Names for Boys" (Railway Street Theatre Company) and "Follies" (Sydney Opera House).

Andrew was a member of the international cast of "Les Misérables", touring Asia and South Africa, and has also worked on the Australian production of "The Phantom of the Opera" as a repetiteur and orchestral keyboard player.

Andrew would especially like to thank Leigh-Ann and Debbie at Regan-Rimmer Management.

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Lorna Want (Juliet)

Lorna currently attends the Heart of England School in Solihull, Warwickshire. Although she has never been to stage school, she trained at the Carlton Television Workshop and her work includes roles in BBC TV drama "Doctors" and BBC's "Steps to the Stars" as well as various stage performances.

Most recently, Lorna was spotted from over 10,000 teenagers auditioning to join pop band S Club Juniors, and as a result was invited to become part of Simon Fuller's global entertainment company and on his suggestion she auditioned for the role of Juliet. She got it, beating out young diva Charlotte Church.

Although Lorna is focusing on her performing she wants to continue with her schooling, sit her 10 GCSE's and put as much effort into that as she does her performing.

Since performing in R&J, Lorna has appeared on UK television shows such as "Holby City" as Megan Hughes, and "Doctors" as Amy. In 2004, she got a feature role on the UK show "I Dream" as Natalie, starring along side Christopher Lloyd. http://www.idreamofficial.com/

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Matt Dempsey (Benvolio)

Matt trained at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, graduating with BA (Hons) Acting in 1999.

Theatre credits include: Curtis in "The Witches of Eastwick" (original cast, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); John in "Peter Pan" (Palace, Manchester); Hero in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (Covent Garden Festival/Peacock Theatre); Man I in "And the World Goes Round" (King's Head, Islington); Bobby in "Cabaret" (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Television: Damien Wetherall in six episodes of "Holby City" (BBC 1); Rhona (BBC2), and Matthew in "Paradise Heights" (BBC1).

Recordings/Radio: Hero in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (BBC Radio 3); "The Witches of Eastwick" (First Night Records).

Matt played Benvolio in the workshop Romeo & Juliet: The Musical (Old Vic).

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Rachid Sabitri (Mercutio)

Rachid trained at Guildford School of Acting. His Guildford productions were: Danny in "Baby", Eugene in "Biloxi Blues", Ciccio in "The Most Happy Fella", Mordred in "Camelot", Claudio in "Measure for Measure", and Rode in "Three Sisters". Also as a singer in numerous events for the GSA, and for the GSA student exchange: a devised piece for students in Bucharest and Shakespeare into Musicals for students.

Prior to training Rachid worked at the Shanklin Theatre playing Rick In "A Slice of Saturday Night" and Bernstein in "Little Shop of Horrors".

Television: Aziz in "The Bill" for Thames Television.

Rachid has just finished a uk tour for Oxford Playhouse Theatre Company in David Wood's production of "Spot's Birthday Party", playing Spot.

Romeo & Juliet is Rachid's West End debut.

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Alexis James (Tybalt)

Alexis was part of the HTV drama workshop in South Wales, before moving to London to attend the BRIT School of Performing Arts.

Most recently he played the narrator, Gringoire, in "Notre dame de Paris" (Dominion Theatre).

Other theatre credits include: "Broken Journey" (Kingshead), "Viva Ibiza" (Millfield Theatre), "Romancing" (Nuffield, Southampton), "A Life in the Daze of Stanley Bishop" (Edinburgh) and "A Generation Arises" (Sherman, Cardiff).

His TV credits include: A Dance to the Music of Time (Channel 4); A Generation Arises (BBC Wales); The Tribe (Deep City Films).

Alexis is thrilled to be part of this new and exciting production!

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Lousie Davidson (Lady Montague)

West End credits include: "Mamma Mia!" (Prince Edward), Mae and understudy Babe in "The Pajama Game" (Victoria Palace), Stepmother in "Into the Woods" (Donmar Warehouse), Saffron and understudied Maddie in "Maddie" (Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue), Helen in "Lady in the Dark" (Royal National Theatre), "She Loves Me" (Savoy), and Cassandra, Jellylorum, Bombalurina and Grizabella in "Cats" (New London).

Other credits include: Mae in "Pajama Game" (Birmingham Rep and Prince of Wales, Toronto Canada), Anita in "On the Twentieth Century" (Bridewell Theatre), Elizabeth in "A Christmas Carol" (Nottingham Theatre Royal), Crystabel in "Sleeping Beauty" (Newbury Corn Exchange), Babs in "S.W.E.A.T" (Bloomsbury Theatre), "Oliver!" (Crucible Theatre, Sheffields). "Cinderella" (Perth Rep), Betty-Jean in "Something for the Boys" (Barbican, Lost Musicals), Sadie in "The Cradle Will Rock" (B.A.C.), Gutele in "The Rothschilds" (Tristan Bates), a UK tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Something Wonderful", the five-hander Amy "Name Is Alice" (Bridewell Theatre), "Zip Goes a Million" (Covent Garden Festival), Dandini in "Cinderella" (Potters Bar) and most recently she appeared as Miss Bell in "Fame" (UK tour).

Television credits include: Amanda in EastEnders and Hangar 17 (Children's BBC).

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Michele Hooper (Lady Capulet)

Michele trained at Laine Theatre Arts, Epsom. West End credits include: Rizzo in "Grease" (Cambridge Theatre and original National tour), Siobhan O'Grady in "The Beautiful Game" (Cambridge Theatre), Demeter and Grizabella in "Cats" (New London Theatre), Ensemble and Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard" (Adelphi Theatre), various roles including Starbuck, Queequeg-the-Cannibal and Stubb in "Moby Dick - A Whale of a Tale" (Piccadilly Theatre).

Other theatre work includes: Bridget in "A Slice of Saturday Night" (Derby Playhouse and Chelmsford Civic), Rosalia in "West Side Story" (National tour), Cha Cha in "Grease" (Derby Playhouse), Iris in "Good Rockin' Tonite" (National tour), and the workshops for Romeo and Juliet: The Musical and "Our House".

Michele can also be heard on the original cast recordings of "Moby Dick", "The Beautiful Game" and "Taboo".

Most recently, Michele has been seen in the Boy George musical "Taboo" (The Venue) where she played Josie James and created the role of Janey.

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David Bardsley (Lord Capulet)

David's theatre credits include: General Julian Espatorias in "La Cava" (Victoria Palace/Piccadilly), Rusty Charlie in the Royal National Theatre's production of "Guys and Dolls", Peter in "The Fix" (Donmar Warehouse), Enjolras in "Les Misérables" (Palace and The Point, Dublin) also covering and playing both Javert and Jean Valjean, Mickey in "Blood Brothers" (Phoenix), Fuentes in "Kiss of the spiderwoman" (Shaftesbury) and Jerry Allison in the original company of "Buddy" (Victoria Palace).

Other theatre includes: Tony in "West Side Story" (York Theatre Royal), Valentin in "Kiss of the Spiderwoman" (Ilford), the British premiere of "Personals" (by the writers of Friends) at the New End Theatre Hampstead and Oreste Campese in "L'Arte Della Commedia" (workshop at the Old Vic).

Television includes: Simon Bennett in Doctors, The Bill playing Richard Sweveller, EastEnders as Steve Rogers the publican, Taggart in The Gang the Krays Feared (Carlton) and most recently the priest in Mersey Beat (BBC).

Film work includes: Bob in Cold Callers (Daylight Hit Films) and Jerry in Let's Stick Together (Indeo Pictures).

David's concert work includes: Young Ben in "Follies" (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) and Don in "A Chorus Line", both for BBC Radio 2, Enjolras in the "Les Misérables" Chelmsford Spectacular Concert and Cardiff Castle Concert, soloist at Petworth Music Festival with R.P.O., a soloist at the Crystal Palace Concert Bowl with the Brandenburgh Philharmonic, Combferre in the "Les Misérables" 10th anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall and a soloist in Songs From the Shows on BBC Radio 2. He has visited Singapore and South Africa with concert tours and has also
performed in concerts extensively in the UK.

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Jane Mcdonald (The Nurse)

Jane's big break came in 1997 when she was asked to perform as top of the bill on the cruise ship the Galaxy.

It just so happened that BBC Television was making a documentary on board the Galaxy. Jane immediately came to their attention and became one of the main focal points of the BBC1 programme The Cruise, which transmitted in the early months of 1998. The series was so popular that it finished its twice weekly airing with an audience of 12 million viewers, and Jane McDonald emerged as a star.

Born in Wakefield, Jane had spent the previous twelve years honing her craft, travelling and performing around the northern clubs of England and performing as part of the chorus on various cruise ships, gaining along the way a loyal fanbase.

Jane's eponymous debut album, released in July 1998, is a stunning collection of classic songs from the 1940s to the 1990s. The reaction to her first album was outstanding. It gained Jane an entry into the Guinness Book of Records - no other singer in history has hit the top spot in the album chart without a prior release! The album remained at No.1 for three weeks and has now surpassed platinum status.

During the summer season of 1998, Jane sold out every Sunday night at Blackpool's legendary Opera House and became the second-biggest-grossing artist in the theatre's history. A full sold-out UK tour followed which included a concert at the London Palladium on November 8th, which was filmed by BBC1, and screened on New Year's Eve. Jane also appeared on the 1998 Royal Variety Show in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales, signed a TV development deal and ended the year with a Top Ten debut single.

1999 saw Jane hosting her own television programme Star for a Night, which allowed for new talent to be seen on television.

Her next 26-date UK tour, which culminated with a sell-out concert at London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall, saw Jane adding new songs to her repertoire as well as her favourites from her album and previous tour.

On 15th November VCI released Jane's first ever sell through video entitled Jane McDonald in Concert. Filmed at the beginning of her recent tour, the video features many songs that have become favourites with Jane's audience including "You're My World", "I Will Always Love You", and "Somewhere". Jane performs two songs that she wrote for her mother and father respectively, "The Hand That Leads Me" and "Some You Win Some You Lose". With advanced orders of over 100,000 and having entered straight into the Top Ten in the official video charts, Jane McDonald in Concert became one of the big hits for Christmas 1999.

June 2000 saw the release of Jane's second album, Inspiration. Certified gold (100,000 copies) on the day of release, this stunning collection of 16 songs entered the charts at No. 6. Following a seven-week season at the Bournemouth International Centre in the summer of 2000 Jane commenced work on a second series of Star for a Night for BBC TV while the first series continued to air, culminating in a two-hour live finale watched by over 9 million viewers. To coincide with this Harper Collins released her autobiography, Follow Your Dreams, whilst Jane began working on a second series.

2001 was another busy year for Jane. A new series of Star for a Night commenced transmission once again with outstanding viewing figures. She completed work on her new album "Love at the Movies" and performed a series of outdoor concerts including Harewood House in the north of England. At the largest British outdoor festival, Festival of the Sea in Portsmouth, Jane's performance, with the BBC Concert Orchestra, featured on Radio Two's Friday Night is Music Night.

July 15th 2001 saw Jane's biggest challenge yet when she was invited to perform at the prestigious MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The release of the live video in Las Vegas and her album, on 15th October, was followed by another sell-out UK tour in October/November.

Whilst in talks with film and television, the early part of 2002 saw Jane performing at a string of corporate events, leading up to her 18-date Summer Concert Tour throughout the whole of June.

This is Jane's West End stage debut.

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James Graeme (Lord Montague)

James Graeme studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music.

He was a founder member of the internationally acclaimed singing group, Wall Street Crash, and went on to appear in a number of West End musicals including the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" at Her Majesty's Theatre, London. He created the role of Boone in "Whistle Down the Wind" at the Aldwych Theatre and Father Marshall in "Out of the Blue" at the Shaftesbury Theatre. He played Pontius Pilate in "Jesus Christ Superstar" at the Lyceum Theatre, and has also performed in productions of "Candide" (title role), "Chicago", "Company" and "South Pacific".

James has taken part in several Royal Variety Performances at the London Palladium, and has made guest appearances on Friday Night is Music Night, Round Midnight and Nightride for Radio 2. He is a soloist with Jerusalem and the Barbican Hall with the London Symphony Orchestra. He performed in "Something Wonderful" featuring the music of Rogers and Hammerstein at the Savoy Theatre, London and was invited to Kiev, Ukraine, to feature in a concert of "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber". For Danish TV he played the part of Athos in a new musical version of "The Three Musketeers". James was one of the soloists in Sondheim First and Last, transmitted on BBC Radio 3 at Christmas. This was followed by a series of concerts at the Gottenburg Opera House performing in "Another Kind of Magic", featuring the music of Queen. He has recently returned from Copenhagen where he was appearing as Walter in the award winning Danish production of "Chess".

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Sévan Stephan (Friar Laurence)

Sévan recently appeared as Zoltan Karpathy in Trevor Nunn's acclaimed production of "My Fair Lady" at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, having transferred from the National Theatre. He is no stranger to the West End. He played the title role in Charles Aznavour's new musical "Lautrec" at the Shaftesbury Theatre (directed by Rob Bettinson) and was in the original production of "Martin Guerre" (directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod). He was also in the original cast of the phenomenally successful "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" (directed by Adrian Noble) for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and then worked for them in "The Winter's Tale" (directed by Greg Doran). Other theatre includes "David Copperfield" (Eastern Angles), "Joking Apart" and "Great Expectations" (Southwold),"Wild Wild Women" and "The Rink" (Orange Tree).

Television includes The Royal Variety Show.

Film includes the Academy Award winning, and best picture nomination Finding Neverland, starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet.

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Michael Cormick (The Prince)

Michael began his career in Melbourne, Australia, after winning the Grand Final of New Faces in 1978. He then went on to perform regularly on TV shows such as The Don Lane Show, The Midday Show, The Logie Awards and The A.F.I. Awards.

After playing Munkustrap in the Australian production of "Cats", he moved to London in 1987 where he studied at the Actors Centre and the London College of Music. Michael went on to perform the role of "Raoul" in The Phantom of the Opera. Other West End theatre credits include the Rockstar in "Time, Kennedy in King". He also performed in the Royal Command Performance of "Les Misérables" and "The Phantom of the Opera" at the London Palladium.

Michael has performed his own cabaret show throughout Australia and at the Ritz Hotel and the Savoy Hotel in London. Concert performances include "Mack and Mabel" in Melbourne and Sydney and the Australian Opera's workshop productions of "Rags" and "Dear World". He was Rapunzel's prince in the première concert performance of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" (State Theatre in Melbourne).

Michael toured Australia performing the roles of Pharaoh in Really Useful Company's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", and Whizzer in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of "Falsettos". Michael is best known for his portrayal of the title role of the Beast in the Disney production of "Beauty and the Beast" for which he received a MO Award. In 1998, he played opposite Danni Minogue in the highly acclaimed arena spectacular "Grease".

Michael has also appeared at many special events including the AFL Grand Final and the official opening of Stadium Australia-Homebush, together with INXS. Michael has regularly appeared in Carols by Candlelight which was broadcast nationally in the UK on Christmas Eve.

Michael has recently received rave reviews for his one-man show "Michael Cormick Sings Bacharach". He has just completed the national tour of the Australian Ballet and Sydney Dance Company's production of "Tivoli".

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Tim Walton (Paris)

Tim grew up in South Africa where he studied a National Diploma in Musical Theatre at the Dance Department of Pretoria Technikon.

Theatre credits include: "South Pacific" (Royal National Theatre), original casts of both "Mamma Mia!" (Prince Edward Theatre) and "The Witches of Eastwick" (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), "Starlight Express" (Apollo Victoria), "Evita" (Oslo Spectrum), "Hollywood Pinafore", "Frogs" (Barbican), "Fifty Million Frenchmen" (Royal Opera House), "The King and I" (State Theatre Pretoria), and "West Side Story" (South African NationalTour).

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Zara Dawson (Juliet at certain performances)
 
Only two weeks after graduating with an honours diploma from the Red roofs Theatre school two-year musical theatre course, eighteen-year old Zara has proved that dreams do come true by gaining this dream role of Juliet.
 
Her theatre credits include (while still a student) Fern in the musical version of "Charlotte's Web", Brigitta in "The Sound of Music" and the title role in "Annie" (both for Hanover Productions) and she has been a featured vocalist on Sunday Night at the Palladium.
 
Television includes Lauren in Auf Wiedersehen Pet (BBC), and backing vocalist for Charlotte Church in Smash Hits Poll Winners' Party at the London Arena.
 
Her film roles include Sophie in Tom and Thomas (First Floor Features) and she recently made a commerical for Thorpe Park.
 
Romeo and Juliet is Zara's West End debut and she would like to thank her family and friends, without whom none of this would have been possible.

Ensemble: Amy Creighton, Zara Dawson, Susie Fenwick, Ebony Molina, Carly Tancredi, Melanie Tate, Tamara Wall, Simon Bailey, David Christopher, Stuart Dawes, Hadrian Delacey, Lez Dwight, Magnus Engqvist-James, Chris Middlebrook, Tamsin Stewart, Gary Tushaw, Matthew Wolfenden

Swings: Chloe Bell, Jo Cavaagh, Nic Ineson, Martin MatthiasUnderstudies: Gary Tushaw, Simon Bailey, Amy Creighton, Carly Tancredi, Melanie Tate, Susie Fenwick, Hadrian Delacey, Chris Middlebrook, Louise Davidson, James Graeme, Lez Dwight, Susie Fenwick, Tamsin Stewart, Matthew Wolfenden, Magnus Engqvist-James, Sam Bailey, Tim Walton

BRITISH PRODUCTION TEAM:

 

Produced by: Glem, Adam Kenwright, & City Lights

Music by: Gerard Presgurvic

Lyrics & Book by: Don Black

Director & Book: David Freeman

Choreography: Redha

Assistant Choreographer: Christine Hassid

Orchestration, Musical Supervision, Musical Adaptation, & Vocal Arrangements by: John Cameron

Musical Director: Howard Moody

Assistant Musical Director: Kelvin Thompsom

Casting Director: Anne Vosser

General Manager: Andrew Fell Limited