‘unapologetically, hilariously, aggressively camp’
‘a star-making turn by John McCrea as Jamie, the queen-in-waiting’
‘a dynamic, deliciously entertaining night out’
Sheffield Theatres’ critically acclaimed production Everybody’s Talking About Jamie plays at the West End’s Apollo Theatre, following a smash-hit run at Sheffield Crucible. A brand new British musical by composer and lyricist duo Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae, the uplifting coming-of-age story continues to play to packed-out London audiences.
Based on the true story of Jamie New, the musical follows sixteen-year old Jamie living on a Sheffield council estate. Terrified about the near future and struggling to find his feet after his Dad leaves, Jamie finds it increasingly difficult to fit in at school. But Jamie is destined for something better, brighter and utterly sensational.
With the help of his ever-supportive Mum and friends, Jamie finds a way to overcome the prejudice and battle the bullies to step into the spotlight. A fearless, funny and fabulous musical about stepping out of the darkness, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie simply proves that dreams really can come true.
After receiving multiple nominations at The Stage Debut Awards, Dan Gillespie Sells swiped the award for Best Composer, for the exciting score which includes numbers such as “Don’t Even Know It”, “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” and “It Means Beautiful”. An uplifting, sensational story that is incredibly relevant today, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie plays at London’s Apollo Theatre.
Cast and Creative
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a brand new musical created by Dan Gillespie Sells (music) and Tom MacRae (lyrics and book), and is produced by Nica Burns. Jonathan Butterell directs, with choreography by Kate Prince, design by Anna Fleischle, lighting design by Lucy Carter and sound design by Paul Groothius.
Layton Williams (RENT, Bad Education) stars as Jamie New, with Mellisa Jacques (Kinky Boots) as Margaret New, Rita Simons (Eastenders) as Miss Hedge, Phil Nichol (Man Down, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) as Hugo/Loco Chanelle, Sejal Keshwala (Bend it Like Beckham) as Ray and Sabrina Sandhu (East is East) as Pritti.
Several cast changes come over the new year. From 19th November, the role of Miss Hedge will be played by Preeya Kalidas (Eastenders, Bend it Like Beckham). From 9th December, drag star and Jamie-fan favourite Bianca Del Rio will be returning to the role of Hugo/Loco Chanelle for 12 weeks. From January 6th, newcomer and Mountview student Noah Thomas will take over the leading role of Jamie.
Show Lengths and Times
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie began previews at the Apollo Theatre London on November 6th 2017, with an official opening on November 22nd 2017. Performances are currently booking into April 2019 and are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with a matinee at 2:30pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Show running time is approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes, including an interval.
Suitable for Children?
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is recommended for those aged 14 and up.
Tickets for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre London are on sale and you can book them by using the search form at the top of the page.
Have you seen Everybody’s Talking About Jamie? If so please share your thoughts in the comments section below!