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John McCrea and the company of Everybody's Talking About Jamie (Photo: Alastair Muir)

Everything you need to know about Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

By Carly-Ann Clements, Published March 27, 2018

Want to know exactly why Everybody’s Talking About Jamie? Well, you probably have to see it to find out. But before you do, here’s everything you need to know about the show that’s sweeping the West End and earned five Olivier Award nominations.

THE BACKSTORY

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is based on a true story. Inspired by the 2011 BBC Three documentary Jamie: Drag Queen At 16, it tells a real tale of bravery, adversary and fabulousness.

At 16, Jamie Campbell was very different from others on his Sheffield council estate. Despite bullying, Jamie had a secret which he wanted to share with the world and a dream he was determined to realise. Knowing he had an inspirational story to tell, Jamie contacted Firecracker Films – a documentary film company – and asked if they would bring his tale to the masses.

After seeing the resulting documentary, theatre director Jonathan Butterell was inspired to make a musical based on Jamie’s story. Jonathan teamed up with Dan Gillespie Sells, the lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, and writer Tom MacRae to create the outstanding show.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie was backed by a producing regional theatre (Sheffield Theatres) and it premiered at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

During its Crucible Theatre run, the show won two UK Theatre Awards in 2017, including Best Musical Production and Best Musical Performance (for John McCrea in the title role).

Everybody's Talking About Jamie (Photo: Alastair Muir)

WHAT’S EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE ABOUT?

Retelling the story of Jamie Campbell, the show is about a 16-year-old boy who wants to go to his prom in a dress.

Jamie came out when he was 14 and has been bulled ever since. But not letting others hold him back, he’s going to fulfil his dreams and become the talk of the city.

WHAT AGE IS EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE APPROPRIATE FOR?

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is recommended for audiences aged 14 and over. Parental discretion is advised as the show contains strong language and mild sexual references.

HOW LONG IS EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE?

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is 2 hours and 40 minutes including one interval. Performances are normally at 7.30pm Monday to Saturday, with matinee performances at 2.30pm on Wednesday and Saturday.

WHERE IS THE SHOW PLAYING IN LONDON?

The production is playing at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. The nearest stations to the show are Piccadilly Circus (250m) and Tottenham Court Road (650m). You can also get to the Apollo Theatre via overground train to London Charing Cross (800m).

WILL EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE BE TOURING?

There are no current touring dates planned. The only place to see it is the Apollo Theatre in the West End.

John McCrea and Lucie Shorthouse in the show (Photo: Alastair Muir)

WHO IS IN THE EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE LONDON CAST?

A lot of the original cast members from the Crucible Theatre production transferred to the Apollo Theatre production.

Jamie New is played by John McCrea. John played Jamie in the original cast. He’s nominated for the 2018 Best Actor in a Musical Olivier Award.

Margaret New is played by Josie Walker. Josie originated the role of Margaret – Jamie’s supportive mother – in the Sheffield run. She’s nominated for the 2018 Best Actress in a Musical Olivier Award.

Levi is played by Daniel Davids. Daniel was part of the original cast. He has previously starred in Disney’s The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre) and A New World: A Life Of Thomas Paine (The Shakespeare Globe Theatre).

Rayia ‘Ray’ Begum is played by Mina Anwar. Mina is reprising her role of Ray. She is well-known for her TV work including The Thing Blue Line and House Of Anubis.

Dean Paxton is played by Luke Baker. Luke was in the original cast. He’s also appeared in Footloose (UK Tour), American Idiot (Arts Theatre), Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre), Hairspray (Cork Opera House), and I Can’t Sing! (London Palladium).

Fatimah is played by Courney Bowman. Courtney is making her West End debut having joined the cast during its original Sheffield run.

Miss Hedge is played by Tamsin Carroll. Tamsin played Miss Hedge in the original production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie as well. She’s also been in West End’s Miss Saigon, and the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Global Creatures production of Strictly Ballroom.

Tray Sophisticay is played by James Gillan. James appeared as Tray in the Sheffield production. He is probably most well-known for his role of Rusty in Starlight Express.

Pritti Pasha is played by Lucie Shorthouse. Lucie is making her West End debut with Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. She was in the original Sheffield cast.

Laika Virgin is played by Alex Anstey. Alex is making his West End debut. He often performs on the UK cabaret circuit as his drag alter ego Vileda Moppe.

Jamie’s Dad is played by Ken Christiansen. Ken began his career at the RSC in 1992. He’s starred in many RSC productions and is a familiar face of TV and film having appeared in Hollyoakes, Doctors, Coronation Street, and more.

WILL I LIKE IT?

It’s bright. It’s colourful. It’s inspirational. And the songs are pretty amazing, too. It’s a feel-good show that will put a tear in your eye and a desire for glitter in your heart. It’s winning over both critics and audiences, and it’s received a whopping five Olivier Award nominations. Yes, yes you will.

WHERE CAN I BUY TICKETS TO EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE?

Right here with us! Just visit Official London Theatre’s Everybody’s Talking About Jamie page to find the best available tickets for great prices.

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