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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

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Sheffield Theatres' fearless, funny, five-time Olivier Award-nominated musical sensation Everybody's Talking About Jamie is a modern day fairytale, based on the true story of a 16 year-old with a secret to tell - and dreams to realise. Read More >

Sheffield Theatres’ fearless, funny, five-time Olivier Award-nominated musical sensation, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a modern day fairytale, based on the true story of a 16 year-old with a secret to tell – and dreams to realise.

With catchy new songs by Dan Gillespie Sells, lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, and writer Tom MacRae, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the musical tale of Jamie New: sixteen, on the edge of possibility, not quite fitting in on a council estate in Sheffield… but with big aspirations.

But 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 to become a sensation.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie first came to fruition when the real-life Jamie (Jamie Campbell) approached a documentary film maker (Firecracker Films), asking if they would help him tell his story. The resulting film, Jamie: Drag Queen At 16, was seen by a theatre director, and inspired him to create a musical, backed by a producing regional theatre (Sheffield Theatres).

The resulting show won two UK Theatre Awards in 2017, including Best Musical Production and Best Musical Performance (for John McCrea in the title role), with an eagerly anticipated West End transfer confirmed when Producer Nica Burns saw it and offered the show a run at the Apollo Theatre. It was then nominated for five Olivier Awards in 2018, including Mastercard Best New Musical.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is directed by Jonathan Butterell, who saw the documentary film in question. This inspired him to create Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, a dramatised portrayal of a period in Jamie’s life which defined him as a sensation.

John McCrea (Olivier nominated for Best Actor in a Musical) plays the titular character until 26 January 2019. Layton Williams (Beautiful People & Bad Education, BBC) will assume the role from 28 January 2019, with further casting for January 2019 to be announced.

Don’t miss this uplifting, enlightening and invigorating new musical, guaranteed to leave everybody at the Apollo Theatre talking about… well…!

Want to learn more about the show? Check out our ‘Everything You Need To Know’ about Everybody’s Talking About Jamie guide!

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Age Suitability: 12+. i

Advisory Content: Parental discretion advised. Contains some strong language and mild sexual references.

Minimum age for entry to theatre: 5

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 06/11/2017

Opening Night: 22/11/2017

Booking Until: 28/09/2019

Running time: 2h40, inc. interval

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Cast & Creative


Jamie New - John McCrea (from 28 January 2019: Layton Williams)

Margaret New - Rebecca McKinnis

Miss Hedge - Michelle Visage

Pritti Pasha - Lucie Shorthouse

Rayia 'Ray' Begum - Shobna Gulati

Dean Paxton - Luke Baker

Hugo - Lee Ross

Levi - Daniel Davids

Fatimah - Courney Bowman

Tray Sophisticay - James Gillan

Bex - Harriet Payne

Cy - Shiv Rabheru

Vicki - Kirstie Skivington

Laika Virgin - Alex Anstey

Jamie's Dad - Ken Christiansen

Sayid - Jordan Cunningham

Mickey - Ryan Hughes

Sandra Bollock - Daniel Jacob

Becca - Lauran Rae

Swing - Luke Bayer, Marvyn Charles, Cherelle Jay, Chloe Pole

Understudy Margaret New, 'Ray' Begum, Miss Hedge - Rebecca McKinnis



Director - Jonathan Butterell

Producer - Nica Burns, Ian Osborne, Paula Marie Black, Teresa & Craig Beech

Designer - Anna Fleischle

Choreographer - Kate Prince

Lighting Designer - Lucy Carter

Sound - Paul Groothuis

Lyrics By - Tom MacRae

Music By - Dan Gillespie Sells

Musical Direction - Theo Jamieson

Casting - Will Burton


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