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Tom Holland’s Romeo and Juliet play causes absolute ticket chaos

Tom Holland’s Romeo and Juliet has thousands queuing for tickets (Picture: Valerie Macon/AFP)

Tom Holland is ditching his lycra Spider-Man suit as he heads to the West End to star in a new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

The prospect of seeing the 27-year-old live on stage has proved too much for fans, who have been plunged into ticket chaos with more than 50,000 people queuing.

After his success as one of Marvel’s leading men, Tom is returning to his home on London’s stages – where he made his debut performances as Billy Elliot in the late 2000s.

Fans who signed up for priority access lamented the massive queues and difficulty getting tickets to the show, which will run for 12 weeks with the Uncharted actor starring as the ill-fated Romeo.

The Duke of York Theatre, where Romeo and Juliet will take place, only has a capacity of 650 seats so the majority of fans are set to be disappointed.

The actor even began to trend on X as tens of thousands attempted to get tickets to the play, which will start its run from Saturday 11 May up until Saturday 3 August 2024.

Tom is Romeo in a new West End production from Jamie Lloyd (Picture: Instagram/RomeoJulietLDN)

‘I thought I was being proactive with my priority access to Tom Holland Romeo and Juliet theatre tickets at 8am. Turns out 41,000 other people are doing the same,’ wrote fan Jodie Rodgers on X.

The queue opened at 8am on February 13, for those who had registered for priority access with ATG Tickets but it seems the priority booking has been rather oversubscribed.

One disgruntled fan, Cat Reid, tweeted: ‘Not quite understanding the point of a presale when the population of Liechtenstein has signed up for it? 40,000 people to battle through to get tickets for Tom Holland’s Romeo and Juliet is insane😭.’

‘Now why are there 25,000 people in front of me in the queue to get these Tom Holland Romeo and Juliet tickets this isn’t the eras tour 😭,’ joked Libby.

Jaymi Niall added: ‘Trying to get Tom Holland Rome & Juliet tickets. I had 21k in front of me on my phone so that was quickly scrapped.’

Some fans did appear to be successful in securing seats, as Minny Futto tweeted: ‘I got tickets to see Tom Holland in Romeo and Juliet!!! I now feel more motivated in writing the essays for my Shakespeare module 🙌🏻❤️’

It’s unknown how many tickets were reserved for priority booking ahead of the general sale, especially given the fact the theatre simply cannot take the demand.

The Duke of York theatre has not yet addressed the mass of people attempting to get tickets, while Tom accidentally shared a link to the purchase page on his Instagram story before the sale opened.

How to get tickets to see Tom Holland in Romeo and Juliet

Anyone with priority booking or an ATG+ membership can join the huge queue now and attempt to purchase tickets at ATG and via the production’s website.

For people who did not sign up for priority, the general sale opens at midday on Tuesday, February 13, through the official Duke of York Theatre website.

There are thought to be eight shows a week – six evenings, two matinees – for the 12 weeks which Romeo and Juliet will run, totalling around 62,000 seats up for grabs across the entire production.

Priority sale had over 50,000 fans queuing for tickets (Picture: Araya Doheny/Getty Images)

Prices have not been confirmed so fans will need to be prepared to make a split decision if it is within their budget or not, with theatre ticket prices sometimes hitting the high £100s.

There are 10,000 tickets priced at £25 and under, with half of those made available exclusively for those under 30s, key workers, and those receiving government benefits – these include the front row.

Once general sale begins at 12pm, fans will be able to enter the queue for tickets, although the discounted tickets are set to be released at a later date.

What else do we know about Tom Holland in Romeo and Juliet?

Very little is known about Tom’s return to the West End, other than he will appear as star-crossed lover Romeo in the new production, directed by the Jamie Lloyd Company.

The Cherry star, whose famous dad recently had fans shocked, announced his casting via his Instagram account, sharing a picture of the production’s poster and the Jamie Lloyd Company logo.

He accompanied this with a simple instruction: ‘Sign up now. Link in bio.’

Meanwhile, the Duke of York Theatre shared the news in an Instagram post of their own which garnered thousands of likes.

The Marvel star is the only casting choice announced so far (Picture: John Salangsang/Deadline via Getty Images)

‘Tom Holland is Romo in Jamie Lloyd’s pulsating new vision of Shakespeare’s immortal tale of wordsmiths, rhymers, lovers and fighters,’ the announcement read.

British theatre director Jamie Lloyd is best known for his recent production of Sunset Blvd, starring Nicole Scherzinger, and A Doll’s House with Jessica Chastain.

‘Tom Holland is one of the greatest, most exciting young actors in the world. It is an honour to welcome him back to the West End,’ he praised of the Marvel star.

The rest of the cast is yet to be announced, with Juliet still unnamed next to Tom’s superhero might.

All the production has revealed is the haunting tagline: ‘Violent delights have violent ends.’

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