Everybodys Talking About Jamie
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Inspired by a true story, Everybody's Talking About Jamie is the 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.

Layton Williams, Melissa Jacques, Sejal Keshwala and Sabrina Sandhu are joined by EastEnders' star Rita Simons as Miss Hedge with Phil Nichol returning to play Hugo/Loco Chanelle. They lead a twenty-five strong company and a nine-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.'
NOAH THOMAS IS THE NEW JAMIE (19 NOVEMBER 2019)

Everybody's Talking About Jamie, the award-winning feel good musical sensation, is pleased to announce that Noah Thomas is to play the title role of Jamie New from Monday 6 January 2020 at the Apollo Theatre in the West End.

Nica Burns, Producer of Everybody's Talking About Jamie said: "Noah was the 211th and final performer we auditioned for Jamie. After he'd sung the opening number and read the first scene, I was tingling with excitement. We had found our Jamie. Noah is making his professional debut in one of the biggest and most demanding roles in musical theatre: it needs a really good actor who can also sing and dance to the highest level. We never imagined we would be casting a 20 year old drama school student at the start of his career. Noah is going to be a fantastic Jamie and the possibilities for his future are boundless."

Noah Thomas, Jamie New, said: "What a whirlwind! Only two weeks ago I was studying at Mountview and had very little time to prepare for the audition, which I saw as a chance to gain some experience in the industry. I was asked back the next day, not expecting anything, and they asked me if I would like to play Jamie. I couldn't believe it. Nica told me to go outside the theatre and look up. It was then I realised that my face would be in lights on Shaftesbury Avenue. This is so surreal and I am so ready for whatever this experience holds."

Stephen Jameson, Principal and Artistic Director of Mountview drama school said: "Noah was performing in our production of Guys and Dolls when he auditioned for the Jamie creative team and we are delighted they recognised Noah's incredible talent. Their decision to cast him in this amazing West End role before he had even finished training at Mountview is testament to his dedication and flair. Staff and students wish him well in this exciting start to his professional career."

Noah was born and brought up in South London. His first experiences of theatre came at the age of five when he saw the shows Annie and The Lion King and seeing children like himself on stage inspired him to want to become a performer. His parents, both civil servants, actively encouraged his interest and with the guidance of a theatre loving neighbour he enrolled in Stagecoach and the ABC Ballet School. He was cast in Oliver! at Theatre Royal Drury Lane aged 11 giving him a taste for the profession.
Aged 14 he successfully auditioned for the BRIT School where he further honed his skills in acting, singing and dancing leading to him getting a place at Mountview in 2017, where he recently started his final year and was the Student Union's Gender Relations Officer.

Casting Jamie was a long process with the Producers and creatives of the show embarking on a national search to find the next Jamie New. Noah initially missed the open auditions at the Apollo Theatre in June as his Mum was receiving an MBE at Buckingham Palace that same day. He told her 'There will be many auditions in the future but you will only go to the Palace once. I need to be with you, Dad and Grace' (his sister). However, he was offered a second opportunity to audition and following a call back the next day was offered the role there and then.

Noah Thomas takes over from Layton Williams who, with Shane Richie, will be leading the first UK tour of Everybody's Talking About Jamie opening in Sheffield in February 2020. Noah is the third actor to play the title role in the musical, also following John McCrea who originated the role at Sheffield Crucible Theatre in February 2017 and opened the production in the West End.

Everybody's Talking About Jamie recently celebrated its second birthday in the West End and is currently booking until 29 August 2020.

Further casting for January 2020 is to be announced.



BIANCA DEL RIO RETURNS AND PREEYA KALIDAS JOINS THE CAST OF EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE (12 NOVEMBER 2019)

Everybody's Talking About Jamie, the award-winning feel good musical sensation, is delighted to welcome BAFTA and Olivier Award nominee actress, singer and radio presenter Preeya Kalidas from 17 November 2019 and thrilled to welcome back Roy Haylock, best known as his Drag alter ego, Bianca Del Rio, to reprises his West End debut role of Hugo/Loco Chanelle from 9 December 2019.

Preeya Kalidas said: "I fell in love with Everybody's Talking About Jamie from the first time I saw it. The music is contagious, the diversity of talent being represented on a West End stage is incredible. So to be joining the cast as Miss Hedge, I am extremely excited to be part of a show that makes the audience feel so elated, and reminds us all that being unafraid to do and be whoever you want to be can be extremely powerful."
Roy Haylock said: "I'm so thrilled and excited to be re-joining the cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie in the West End! I had such a blast playing Hugo/Loco Chanelle earlier this year. I'm honoured and beyond grateful to have the opportunity to work with such an incredibly talented cast and crew once again!"
Nica Burns, Producer of Everybody's Talking About Jamie said: "As Everybody's Talking About Jamie starts its third fabulous year in the West End, we are delighted to welcome back the equally fabulous Roy Haylock/Bianca Del Rio as Hugo /Loco Chanelle and the much loved musical theatre and TV star Preeya Kalidas as Miss Hedge. Roy was a huge hit with audiences when he performed the role earlier this year and Preeya always brings a star performance to every show she is in. "
Preeya Kalidas is a stage and screen actress best known for playing Amira Masood in BBC's EastEnders. Preeya also starred in the British smash hit film Bend it Like Beckham, and then later originated the role of Pinky in the original West End musical cast, for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Olivier Awards. Her other film credits include: Empire award winning Four Lions, East is East, Sari and Trainers, Jump Boy and Bollywood Queen. TV credits include: C4's Britz alongside Riz Ahmed, BBC's Bodies , BBC's England Expects with Steven Mackintosh, Carrie in BBC's Mistresses, BBC's Bedtime, BBC's Casualty, BBC's Doctors, BBC's Goggle eyes, BBC's Banglatown Banquet, Carmen in BBC Three Bollywood Carmen (BAFTA Nominated). Theatre credits include: Aisha in Chiaroscuro at Bush Theatre, Priya in AR Rahmans Bombay Dreams at London's Victoria Apollo Theatre, Loraina in Oxford Street at The Royal Court, Narrator in revival of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Adelphi Theatre , Reema in Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti's Khandan at Royal Court/ Birmingham Rep, Patty Di Marco in the Original London Cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's School Of Rock. Preeya currently hosts her own radio show on BBC Asian Network every Sunday afternoon from 1pm.

Roy Haylock, as Bianca Del Rio, was the season six winner of the hit TV series RuPaul's Drag Race. A self-proclaimed "clown in a gown," he received the Best New Television Personality Award from NewNowNext in 2014 and made Variety magazine's list of Top 10 Comics To Watch for 2015. The New York Times called Haylock the "Joan Rivers of the Drag World", and Joan Rivers herself referred to him as "So funny! So sharp!" Since winning RuPaul's Drag Race, Roy has completed three solo stand-up tours to sold-out audiences around the world, starred in two feature films (Hurricane Bianca and Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate) which are now available on Netflix, and wrote his first book: Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert on Nothing With an Opinion on Everything. As Bianca, he made guest appearances on MTV's Mardi Gras with Britney Spears and Carson Daly and In Bed With Joan starring Joan Rivers, as well as starred in the LogoTV Christmas special Not Today Bianca. On stage Haylock has had theatrical starring roles that include Angel in Rent, the Emcee in Cabaret, Miss Industrial Northeast in Pageant, and Miss Mazeppa in Gypsy. Roy is wrapping up his fourth solo stand-up show, It's Jester Joke, which reached six continents and over 25 countries in 2019. The tour included performances at New York City's Carnegie Hall and London's Wembley Arena, where he was the first time a drag queen to headline both of these venues with a solo act.

Preeya and Roy will join cast members: Layton Williams (Jamie New), Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Alexander Archer (Mickey), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Marvyn Charles (Swing), Daniel Davids (Levi), Marlon G Day (Dad), Momar Diagne, Melissa Jacques (Margaret), Zahra Jones (Becca), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Emily Kenwright (Vicki), Sejal Keshwala (Ray), Luke Latchman (Sayid), Jordan Laviniere (Cy), Harriet Payne (Bex), Sabrina Sandhu (Pritti Pasha), Rachel Seirian (Swing), Biancha Szynal (Swing), Adam Taylor (Swing) and Tilly La Belle Yengo (Fatimah).



RUPAUL'S DRAG STAR BIANCA DE RIO JOINS EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE (4 APRIL 2019)

More West End casting this week for Everybody's Talking About Jamie: Roy Haylock, best known as his drag alter ego, Bianca Del Rio, will make his West End debut playing the role of Loco Chanelle/Hugo for a limited season 6 May to 29 June 2019.

Haylock takes over his role from Shane Richie and starts the same night as former Steps star Faye Tozer takes over as Miss Hedge.

Bianca Del Rio said:
"I'm absolutely ecstatic to be joining the brilliant cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie' What better way to return to the musical theatre stage than in a WEST END production?! It's such an incredible honour. Helen Mirren beat me to playing Queen Elizabeth, so I accepted the role of the next best admired queen... Loco Chanelle!".

Nica Burns, producer of Everybody's Talking About Jamie, added: "We are so excited to have a genuine drag queen playing the part of Loco Chanelle/Hugo for the first time. Bianca Del Rio is a queen amongst queens, a world-famous, RuPaul's Drag Race winner. This is her West End debut and while dazzling us as Loco Chanelle, she will also be channelling her inner actor in the double role of Hugo."

Bianca Del Rio was the season six winner of the hit TV series RuPaul's Drag Race. A self-proclaimed "clown in a gown," he received the Best New Television Personality Award from NewNowNext in 2014 and made Variety magazine's list of Top 10 Comics To Watch for 2015. The New York Times called Haylock the "Joan Rivers of the Drag World", and Joan Rivers herself referred to him as "So funny! So sharp!"

Since winning RuPaul's Drag Race, Haylock has completed three solo stand-up tours to sold-out audiences around the world, starred in two feature films (Hurricane Bianca and Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate) which are now available on Netflix, and wrote his first book:Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert on Nothing With an Opinion on Everything. As Bianca, he made guest appearances on MTV's Mardi Gras with Britney Spears and Carson Daly and In Bed With Joan starring Joan Rivers, as well as starred in the LogoTV Christmas special Not Today Bianca. On stage Haylock has had theatrical starring roles that include Miss Mazeppa in Gypsy, the Emcee in Cabaret, and Angel in Rent.

Haylock is now touring with his fourth solo stand-up show, It's Jester Joke, that will reach six continents and over 25 countries in 2019. The tour will include performances at New York City's Carnegie Hall and London's Wembley Arena which will be the first time a drag queen headlines either of those venues with a solo act.

Roy will join current cast members: Layton Williams (Jamie New), Faye Tozer (Miss Hedge), Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Marvyn Charles (Swing), Marlon G Day (Dad), Momar Diagne, Zahra Jones (Becca), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Melissa Jacques, Emily Kenwright (Vicki), Sejal Keshwala (Ray), Luke Latchman (Sayid), Jordan Laviniere (Cy), Rebecca McKinnis (Margaret New), Harriet Payne (Bex), Rachel Price (Swing), Sabrina Sandhu (Pritti Pasha), Biancha Szynal (Swing), Adam Taylor (Swing) and Ziggy Tyler Taylor (Levi).



FAYE TOZER IS MISS HEDGE IN THE WEST END'S EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE (26 MARCH 2019)

Steps star and Strictly Come Dancing finalist Faye Tozer will take on the role of Miss Hedge in Everybody's Talking About Jamie at London's Apollo Theatre from 6 May to 3 August 2019.

Faye Tozer said:
"I am extremely proud to be joining this ground-breaking, award winning production which is so fresh and current on the West End scene."

Producer Nica Burns added: "Faye is a terrific talent who will bring her own special qualities to the role. We are delighted that she is joining the company."

Faye Tozer is a singer-songwriter, dancer and stage actress who is best known for being a member of the Brit Award winning pop band Steps. Steps have sold over 20 million records worldwide and performed sold out arena tours. Their most recent album, Tears on the Dancefloor, which saw the band reform to celebrate their 2oth anniversary, went to number one in the UK album charts in 2017.

Tozer was most recently seen on television in the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, where she made it to the 2018 finals with her dance partner Giovanni Pernice.

She began her theatre career in 2004 starring in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tell Me on a Sunday. Other theatre credits include Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens (The Venue Theatre, London), Tailor Made Man (The Arts Theatre, London) and UK tours of Love Shack, Me & My Girl, Dial M for Murder, Over the Rainbow, Rhinestone Mondays, Singin' in the Rain and The Naked Truth.

Tozer will join current cast members: Layton Williams (Jamie New), Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Marvyn Charles (Swing), Marlon G Day (Dad), Momar Diagne, Zahra Jones (Becca), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Melissa Jacques, Emily Kenwright (Vicki), Sejal Keshwala (Ray), Luke Latchman (Sayid), Jordan Laviniere (Cy), Rebecca McKinnis (Margaret New), Harriet Payne (Bex), Rachel Price (Swing), Sabrina Sandhu (Pritti Pasha), Biancha Szynal (Swing), Adam Taylor (Swing) and Ziggy Tyler Taylor (Levi).

Inspired by a true story, Everybody's Talking About Jamie has songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells and book and lyrics by writer Tom MacRae, from an idea by Jonathan Butterell who also directs. The musical has won seven major theatre awards and was nominated for five Olivier Awards.

The musical is also 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.



LAYTON WILLIAMS WILL CONTINUE IN EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE (15 MARCH 2019)

The producers of Everybody's Talking About Jamie have opened a new booking period up to Saturday 25 January 2020. Entertaining audiences at London's Apollo Theatre since November 2017, the musical is currently in its second year in the West End.

Producer Nica Burns said: "We are delighted that Layton Williams is having such a ball playing Jamie that he will continue leading the cast into 2020 and will celebrate our second birthday in November 2019. Thank you to our fantastic audiences and critics for continuing to talk about Jamie and keeping us in the West End alongside some of the world's favourite musicals."

Layton Williams, who plays Jamie New, said: "I'm so thrilled to be strutting into 2020 as Jamie New. I love seeing the joy it brings to audience members after every show. It fills my heart and hopefully theirs too!"

The full West End cast includes Layton Williams (Jamie New), Shane Richie (Hugo/Loco Channelle), Hayley Tamaddon (Miss Hedge), Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Marvyn Charles (Swing), Marlon G Day (Dad), Zahra Jones (Becca), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Emily Kenwright (Vicki), Sejal Keshwala (Ray), Luke Latchman (Sayid), Jordan Laviniere (Cy), Rebecca McKinnis (Margaret New), Harriet Payne (Bex), Sabrina Sandhu (Pritti Pasha), Ziggy Tyler Taylor (Levi), Momar Diagne, Melissa Jacques, Rachel Price (Swing), Biancha Szynal (Swing) and Adam Taylor (Swing).

Inspired by a true story, Everybody's Talking About Jamie has songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells and book and lyrics by writer Tom MacRae, from an idea by Jonathan Butterell who also directs. The musical has won seven major theatre awards and was nominated for five Olivier Awards.

The musical is also 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.



HAYLEY TAMADDON JOINS THE WEST END CAST OF JAMIE (9 JANUARY 2019)

New casting has been announced for the award-winning musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie at London's Apollo Theatre with Hayley Tamaddon (best known for her roles in Emmerdale and Coronation Street and for winning the fifth series of ITV1's Dancing on Ice) stepping into the role of Miss Hedge, Sejal Keshwala joining the company as Ray, and Sabrina Sandhu playing Pritti Pasha, all from 28 January 2019.

They will join the previously announced Layton Williams who takes over the role of Jamie New and Shane Richie who will play Hugo/Loco Chanelle.

New cast members also include Marlon G Day (Dad), Momar Diagne, Zahra Jones (Becca), Luke Latchman (Sayid), Rachel Price (Swing), Biancha Szynal (Swing), Adam Taylor (Swing) and Ziggy Tyler Taylor (Levi).

Continuing with the show are current cast members: Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Marvyn Charles (Swing), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Melissa Jacques, Emily Kenwright (Vicki), Jordan Laviniere (Cy) Rebecca McKinnis (Margaret New), and Harriet Payne (Bex).

Inspired by a true story, Everybody's Talking About Jamie has songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells and book and lyrics by writer Tom MacRae, from an idea by Jonathan Butterell who also directs. The musical has won seven major theatre awards and was nominated for five Olivier Awards.
The musical is also 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. Filming is expected to commence this spring.



LAYTON WILLIAMS IS THE NEW JAMIE (5 NOVEMBER 2018)

Layton Williams will play the title role of Jamie New in the award-winning musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie at London's Apollo Theatre from 28 January 2019.

Williams takes over from John McCrea who created the role of Jamie when the show first opened at Sheffield Crucible Theatre in February 2017, and who has played the role since its opening in the West End in November 2017. Everybody's Talking About Jamie will celebrate its first birthday at the Apollo Theatre in the West End on 6 November 2018. Further casting for January 2019 is to be announced and the show is currently booking until 6 April 2019.

Producer Nica Burns said:
"We're delighted to welcome Layton Williams as only our second Jamie as we say goodbye to the wonderful John McCrea, who created the role and leaves the cast on 26 January 2019. Layton is a supremely talented actor, singer and dancer with a long list of credits."
'He is equally at home on TV in series like Beautiful People and Bad Education as he is on stage in roles such as Angel in Rent and Seaweed in Hairspray. I'm sure he will make the role of Jamie very much his own."

Layton Williams is best known for playing the character Kylie in the BBC series Beautiful People and for playing the lead, alongside Jack Whitehall, in the BBC comedy Bad Education. He is also known as one of the boys who played the title role in Billy Elliot the Musical in London's West End. Williams recently took his dance talent to the stage touring with Matthew Bourne's The Car Man. He then performed in the role of Angel in the UK tour of Rent. He has recently been touring the country as Seaweed in Hairspray and is appearing in Kiss Me, Kate at Sheffield Crucible Theatre this December.



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: 29 August 2020

Running time: 2 Hours 40 Mins

Prices: £27.00 - £129.00

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