Everybodys Talking About Jamie
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Inspired by a true story, Everybody's Talking About Jamie is the new hit musical for today.

Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn't quite fit in.

Jamie is terrified about the future. He is going to be a sensation.

Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.

John McCrea, Rebecca McKinnis, Tamsin Carroll, Shobna Gulati, Lucie Shorthouse and Lee Ross lead a twenty-four strong company and an eight-piece band that will 'sweep you away on a tide of mischief, warmth and exuberance' (Financial Times).

With 'songs that have the wow factor' (The Times) by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, and 'hilarious' book and lyrics 'with delightful punch' (Whatsonstage), by writer Tom MacRae, this funny, fabulous, feel-good, musical sensation has been wowing audiences and critics alike.
★★★★★
THE TIMES, FINANCIAL TIMES, TIME OUT, THE INDEPENDENT, THE STAGE, WHATSONSTAGE, LONDON THEATRE, ATTITUDE

★★★★
THE TELEGRAPH, EVENING STANDARD, SUNDAY TIMES, OBSERVER, DAILY MAIL, DAILY EXPRESS, SUNDAY EXPRESS, MAIL ON SUNDAY, METRO, BROADWAY WORLD, THE ARTS DESK

THE TIMES
'This fizzing musical is a blast of fresh air. The songs have the wow factor.' 'It's the real deal. Everyone really should be talking, singing, shouting about Jamie now'

FINANCIAL TIMES
'Sweeps you away on a tide of mischief, warmth and exuberance'

TIME OUT
'Staggeringly enjoyable'
'A burst of joy'
'Punchy, funny, fabulous'
'A joyous punch in the air about following your dreams and being yourself'

THE INDEPENDENT/I
'Irresistible: a joyous, life-affirming Billy Elliot'

EVENING STANDARD
'A true big-hearted crowd-pleaser'

SUNDAY TIMES
'This irresistible British musical'
'I laughed. I cried. I'm still humming the songs. It's a chuffing marvellous British musical.'

OBSERVER
'A fizzing, feeling instant hit'
'This instant him. No wonder everybody's talking about it.'

DAILY EXPRESS
'A palpable hit.'

SUNDAY EXPRESS
'A joyous new musical'
'People will be talking about Jamie for a long time to come.'

METRO
'It isn't just Jamie everybody's talking about, it's this show'

WHATSONSTAGE
'Exuberant, exhilarating, exciting, enchanting'
'A dynamic, deliciously entertaining night out, a glorious tribute to what makes us human and a heart-warming appeal for acceptance. Let's all keep talking about Jamie for as long as possible.'

LONDON THEATRE
'Outright hilarious'
'This should run and run.'

ATTITUDE
'One of the biggest and best shows of the year.'
RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE JUDGE MICHELLE VISAGE MAKES WEST END DEBUT (22 SEPTEMBER 2018)

RuPaulRuPaul's Drag Race and IrelandRuPaul's Drag Race and Ireland's Got Talent judge Michelle Visage will be making her West End musical debut playing the role of Miss Hedge in Everybody's Talking About Jamie from 18 October 2018 to 26 January 2019.

Producer Nica Burns said: "We are all absolutely delighted to welcome Michelle Visage to the cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie as our new Miss Hedge. Michelle blew us away with her fantastic singing voice, her excellent characterisation of the part and her charismatic stage presence."

Michelle Visage said: "I am beyond thrilled to be making my West End debut in Everybody's Talking About Jamie. The reason I chose this show in particular is because of the very important message it tells. It is a great show with great music and talent but more importantly it's about love, truth and the tenacity of the human spirit!
"Also there is a huge bonus: I get to live in London, one of my favourite cities in the world! I can't wait to help audiences to fall in love with the show the way I did when I saw Everybody's Talking About Jamie for the first time and understand why everyone really is talking about Jamie!"

Michelle is an internationally renowned, platinum-selling recording artist, actress, author, television personality, podcast co-host, radio show host, who has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry, across multiple mediums for the past three decades. She is best known in the UK for being a judge on Ireland's Got Talent and America's hit TV show RuPaul's Drag Race. Visage hosts a podcast with RuPaul named RuPaul: What's the Tee with Michelle Visage which won the award for Best Host at this year's 22nd annual Webby Awards. Michelle was a finalist on Celebrity Big Brother in 2015.

Visage will join current cast members: John McCrea (Jamie), Rebecca McKinnis (Margaret), Shobna Gulati (Ray), Lucie Shorthouse (Pritti Pasha), Lee Ross (Hugo/Loco Chanel), Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Luke Bayer, Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Marvyn Charles, Ken Christiansen (Jamie's Dad), Jordan Cunningham (Sayid), Daniel Davids (Levi), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Cherelle Jay, Jordan Laviniere (Cy), Harriet Payne (Bex), Chloe Pole, Shiv Rabheru, Lauran Rae (Becca) and Kirstie Skivington (Vicki).

With music by Dan Gillespie Sells, book and lyrics by Tom MacRae, and directed by Jonathan Butterell, Everybody's Talking About Jamie was inspired by the Firecracker documentary film 'Jamie: Drag Queen at 16', the true story of Jamie Campbell and his mother, Margaret. The show opened at the Sheffield Crucible in 2017 and is now playing at the Apollo Theatre in the West End, currently booking until 6 April 2019.



REBECCA MCKINNIS & LEE ROSS ARE CAST IN EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE (17 JULY 2018)

The producers of the award-winning Everybody's Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre have announced that this week Rebecca McKinnis (Mamma Mia!, We Will Rock You) is stepping into the role of Margaret New and Lee Ross (EastEnders) is joining the cast to play Hugo.

Nica Burns, producer of the show, said:
"It's a big milestone saying goodbye to two of our terrific leading actors, Josie Walker and Phil Nichol. Josie has played Margaret New superbly from the very first workshop four years ago and Phil has brought his wonderful comic touch to the role of Hugo/Loco at the Apollo. I am delighted to reveal that Rebecca McKinnis - who has deputised brilliantly for Josie on a number of occasions - now makes Margaret New all her own. A big welcome to the talented Lee Ross who is putting on his heels to play the role of Hugo/Loco."

Rebecca McKinnis currently plays understudy Margaret in Everybody's Talking About Jamie. Her theatre credits include Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse Theatre), A Small Family Business (National Theatre Olivier), Viva Forever! (Piccadilly Theatre), Les Miserables (25th Anniversary Tour), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Fat Pig (Trafalgar Studios), Three Hours After Marriage (Union Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Changeling Theatre Company), Beggars' Opera (Changeling Theatre Company), Taboo (UK Tour) and Starting Here Starting Now (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) Half a Sixpence and Kitty in Charley's Aunt (CMC).

Lee Ross' work on stage has mainly been for the Royal Court where he originated leading roles for Joe Penhall, David Eldridge, Kevin Hood and Simon Stephens. He earned an Olivier Award nomination for his performance of Jack Firebrace in Birdsong (West End) and his most recent stage performance was the solo show 36 Phone Calls (Hampstead Theatre). Other recent theatre credits include Our Country's Good (National Theatre), In Basildon (Royal Court) and Whipping It Up 'Bush Theatre and West End).

Continuing with the show are current cast members: John McCrea (Jamie), Shobna Gulati (Ray), Tamsin Carroll (Miss Hedge), Lucie Shorthouse (Pritti Pasha), Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Baker (Dean Paxtonv), Luke Bayer, Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Marvyn Charles, Ken Christiansen (Jamie's Dad), Jordan Cunningham (Sayid), Daniel Davids (Levi), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Cherelle Jay, Harriet Payne (Bex), Chloe Pole, Shiv Rabheru (Cy), Lauran Rae (Becca) and Kirstie Skivington (Vicki).

Everybody's Talking About Jamie, which originally opened at the Sheffield Crucible in 2017, has new songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae. It's directed and conceived by Jonathan Butterell, who saw the Firecracker documentary film Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, which is the story of Jamie Campbell and his mother Margaret, and was inspired him to create this fictionalised musical.



JAMIE GOES FROM THE WEST END TO THE BIG SCREEN (29 MAY 2018)

Everybody's Talking About Jamie, the award-winning feel good new musical sensation, is to be made into a major film by Sheffield based production company Warp Films completing the fairy-tale journey from a 16-year-old approaching a documentary maker to hit West End Show and now the big screen.

Once upon a time there was a 16-year-old boy who had a secret he wanted to tell...

So, he wrote a film script, sent it to documentary film makers and asked if they would help him tell it. The resulting documentary was seen by theatre director Jonathan Butterell and it inspired him to create a musical. Sheffield Theatres backed him. He then bumped into a famous musical theatre star who introduced him to a well-known pop composer who was working with a lyricist and book writer. The theatre put on the production. A major producer saw it and offered them a West End theatre. A host of 5-star reviews, 7 theatre awards and 5 Olivier Award nominations later, Everybody's Talking About Jamie has released an official cast album, is being screened live over 510 cinemas across the UK and Ireland and now: a film! Everybody's Talking About Jamie has now extended its booking period at the Apollo Theatre in the West End until 6 April 2019.

Warp Films (This Is England, Ghost Stories, The Last Panthers), known for their distinctive multiaward winning film and television, will be revealing further details about the film on Wednesday the 30th May at a live launch event at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. The film, directed by Jonathan Butterell, written by Tom MacRae and with music by Dan Gillespie Sells, will be inspired by the musical and is being developed in conjunction with Film4.

Filming is expected to commence in Spring 2019.

Jonathan Butterell, Director of the stage production and film said: "I couldn't be more thrilled that Warp are producing the film of Everybody's Talking About Jamie. We were inspired by Jamie Campbell to tell this open hearted story of a boy looking to take his place in the world without shame or prejudice supported by the unflinching love of his Mum. Warp Films like Sheffield, the city in which they were founded, reflect the diverse and vibrant city that we chose to set our story in. For me it's a coming home."

Nica Burns, Producer of the West End production of Everybody's Talking About Jamie said: "Everybody's Talking About Jamie has captured the hearts of the public and critics in record time. Thanks to them, we will soon be celebrating our second year in the West End and you can now book your tickets as far ahead as April 2019. We are so excited to be announcing the film: Warp Films, with their fantastic track record for telling compelling stories of Britain today, are the perfect filmmakers for this contemporary true story."

Jamie Campbell, the boy who inspired the story: "All I originally wanted was to go to my school prom in a dress. Then Firecracker made the documentary. My story then inspired a West End musical. Now it's a film! It's incredible. Even I couldn't have dreamed it."

Mark Herbert, Joint CEO and Producer, Warp Films said: "Back in February 2017 I became aware of the show because literally everyone I knew was talking about Jamie. From work colleagues to friends, the reception was incredible. Everyone at Warp Films went to see the show in Sheffield and instantly fell in love with it. Two weeks later Jonathan, the director, and Dan, the composer, were sat in our Sheffield offices talking about how we could adapt the show into a film. It ticks every box for a Warp Film; a great central character; diversity at its core; and a massive amount of heart. We can't wait to start"

Robert Hastie, Sheffield Theatres Artistic Director said: "The response to Everybody's Talking About Jamie when it originated here at the Crucible was absolutely overwhelming. This show perfectly captures what it means to be a young person growing up in this vibrant diverse city. Its authenticity and sheer feel-good energy has secured a dedicated fan base in Sheffield, which has now expanded further still, thanks to its successful transfer to London's West End. We're so proud of all that the show has achieved so far and of how it represents our city. It's fantastic that Warp Films are beginning the next chapter of Jamie's story, back here in Sheffield. This project is a testament to the creative industry in the city, and the passion of its residents."

The official West End cast recording of Everybody's Talking About Jamie was released digitally worldwide and on CD in the UK on 27 April and reached #28 in the UK album charts, and #12 in the iTunes charts. On Thursday 5 July 2018 Everybody's Talking About Jamie will be screened live from the Apollo Theatre in London's West End to over 510 cinemas across the UK and Ireland by More2Screen followed by a worldwide roll-out in the autumn.



EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE EXTENDS WEST END BOOKING TO OCTOBER (15 JANUARY 2018)

Producers have announced an extension for the West End transfer of original British musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie. The award-winning production, first seen in Sheffield in spring 2017, opened at London's Apollo Theatre in November and is now taking bookings through to 6 October 2018. Tickets for the new period are now on sale.

As well as receiving rave reviews, Everybody's Talking About Jamie won the UK Theatre Awards for Best Musical Production and Best Performance in A Musical for John McCrea. The show also won the Attitude Culture Award 2017, and Dan Gillespie-Sells won the Best Composer Award at the Stage Debut Awards. It's also nominated for four WhatsOnStage Awards: Best Actor in a Musical for John McCrea, Best Actress in a Musical for Josie Walker, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Lucie Shorthouse and Best New Musical.

This "fabulous, funny, feelgood brand new musical sensation" has new songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae. It's directed and conceived by Jonathan Butterell, who saw the Firecracker documentary film Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, which is the story of Jamie Campbell and his mother Margaret, and was inspired to create this fictionalised musical.

John McCrea takes the title role of Jamie alongside Josie Walker as his Mum. They're joined by: Daniel Anthony (Levi), Mina Anwar (Rayia 'Ray' Begum), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Tamsin Carroll (Miss Hedge), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Harriet Payne (Bex), Shiv Rabheru (Cy), Lucie Shorthouse (Pritti Pasha) and Kirstie Skivington (Vicki) along with Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Bayer, Marvyn Charles, Ken Christiansen (Jamie's Dad), Jordan Cunningham (Sayid), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Cherelle Jay, Rebecca McKinnis, Phil Nichol (Hugo), Chloe Pole and Lauran Rae (Becca).



FULL CAST CONFIRMED FOR EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE (9 OCTOBER 2017)

Full casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Everybody's Talking About Jamie, which opens next month following a critically acclaimed run at Sheffield Crucible. Directed by Jonathan Butterell and written by Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae, the new British musical will play a limited season at the London's Apollo Theatre from 6 November 2017 to 21 April 2018.

As previously announced, John McCrea will return to play the title role of Jamie alongside Josie Walker who reprises her role as his Mum, Margaret. They are joined by the following original cast members from the run in Sheffield Daniel Anthony (Levi), Mina Anwar (Rayia 'Ray' Begum), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Tamsin Carroll (Miss Hedge), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Harriet Payne (Bex), Shiv Rabheru (Cy), Lucie Shorthouse (Pritti Pasha) and Kirstie Skivington (Vicki) along with Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Bayer, Marvyn Charles, Ken Christiansen (Jamie's Dad), Jordan Cunningham (Sayid), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Cherelle Jay, Rebecca McKinnis, Phil Nichol (Hugo), Chloe Pole and Lauran Rae (Becca).

Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight. This fabulous, funny, feelgood brand new musical sensation hits London with catchy new songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae. Sixteen: the edge of possibility. Time to make your dreams come true.



NEW BRITISH MUSICAL SET FOR WEST END'S APOLLO (27 JUNE 2017)

A new British musical by a new British theatre writing and directing team, Everybody's Talking About Jamie opens at the Apollo Theatre on Wednesday 22 November 2017. It promises to be a "fearless, funny, fabulous brand new musical sensation" and features new songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae. It tells the story of a 16-year-old boy who overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.

John McCrea will reprise his role of Jamie, alongside the majority of the Sheffield Crucible cast including: Josie Walker, Mina Anwar, Tamsin Carroll and Daniel Anthony, Luke Baker, Courtney Bowman, James Gillian, Harriet Payne, Shiv Rabheru, Lucie Shorthouse, Kirstie Skivington.

Director Jonathan Butterell, Composer Dan Gillespie Sells and writer and lyricist Tom MacRae said:
"After Everybody's Talking About Jamie was commissioned we spent three hours in a wig room in Sheffield in which we wrote the complete plot and framework for the show before catching the train back to London. The three of us just clicked and we were instantly a team. It has been a new adventure for all of us, this is our first musical and going from zero to West End has felt like a fairy tale. There is a bit of all three of us that has ended up in Jamie. We knew we needed a very specially talented performer to play him and when John McCrea walked into the room he was perfect. We hope that audiences will see a bit of Jamie in themselves too."

Producer and theatre owner Nica Burns said:
"Everybody seemed to be talking about the show so I went to see the final matinee in Sheffield with no expectations. I came out of the auditorium singing the tunes having laughed, cried, laughed again and dancing with happiness. I found the director, and immediately offered to produce the show in London at one of my theatres. It had to come to the West End. This is an uplifting musical for our times and for everyone."











Information
Type of production: Musical

Opened: 06 November 2017

Booking until: 06 April 2019

Running time: 2 Hours 40 Mins

Prices: £27.00 - £126.00

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