Why See Everybody's Talking About Jamie?
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Bianca Del Rio returns to Everybody's Talking About Jamie from 9 December!
When this exuberant musical from The Feeling's Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae premiered at the Sheffield Crucible in 2017, it became an instant success with both audiences and critics. Now a West End mainstay, dazzling audiences at the Apollo Theatre 9 times a week, 'Jamie is based on the true story of Jamie Campbell, a gay 16-year-old who stunned his school by heading to prom in heels and a dress, starting a national conversation on gender, sexuality and self-expression. Infectious, funny and touching, this is a coming of age story for our generation, one that celebrates difference with remarkable kindness and compassion.
Ranging from upbeat pop-rock to glorious soulful ballads, Gillespie Sells imbues Jamie's story with the fabulousity of Kinky Boots, whilst Tom MacRae's book echoes the struggle and wit of Billy Elliott yet manages to create an entirely fresh and inspiring modern British musical.
Growing up on a Sheffield Council Estate isn't plain sailing for teenage Jamie. Out of touch with his peers yet always ready with a comeback for his bullies, he's just not sure what the future holds. Supported by his wonderful mum and his tight-knit group of pals, he sets out to confront his fate head-on and become the star he was always meant to be.
Previews from: 6 November 2017
Opening night: 22 November 2017
And before you stop reading
Layton Williams will not perform the role of Jamie New on the following dates:
Mondays 7, 14, 21, 28 October
Monday 4 November
Saturday 9 – Wednesday 13 November
Mondays 18, 25 November
Saturday 30 November – Saturday 7 December
Images by Johan Persson and Matt Crockett
Cast and Creative
Layton Williams as Jamie
Noah Thomas as Jamie (from 6 January)
Melissa Jaques as Margaret
Paul Nichol as Hugo/Loco Chanelle
Bianca Del Rio As Hugo/Loco Chanelle (from 9 December)
Rita Simons as Miss Hedge
Preeya Kalidas as Miss Hedge (from 19 November)
Sejal Keshwala as Ray
Sabrina Sandhu as Pritti Pasha
Alex Anstey as Laika Virgin
Marlon G. Day as Jamie's Dad
James Gillan as Tray Sophisticay
Daniel Jacob as Sandra Bollock
Luke Baker as Dean Paxton
Courtney Bowman as Fatima
Ryan Hughes as Mickey
Zahra Jones as Becca
Emily Kenwright as Vicki
Luke Latchman as Sayid
Jordan Laviniere as Cy
Harriet Payne as Bex
Ziggy Tyler Taylor as Levi
Marvyn Charles, Rachel Price, Adam Taylor and Biancha Szynal
Mogmar Diane as Understudy Jamie's Dad / Drag Queens
Melissa Jaques as Understudy Margaret/ Ray / Miss Hedge
Book and Lyrics by Tom MaCrae
Music by Dan Gillespie Sells
Directed by Jonathan Butterell
What's On Stage Awards - 2019
Best Original Cast Recording
Olivier Awards, 2018 - Nominations
Outstanding Achievement in Music
Best Actress in a Musical - Josie Walker
Best Actor in a Musical - John McCrea
Best New Musical
2018 What's On Stage Awards
Best Actor in a Musical
Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
Best New Musical
What we thought
HE'S our Boy
This show is everything the world needs right now
Billed as Billy Elliot for the Kinky Boots generation, Everybody's Talking About Jamie introduces us to the newest superstar of British musical theatre with plenty of heart, wit and a fantastic score that'll spawn more than a few standardsRead full review
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