About the show
Find out why Everybody’s Talking About Jamie with the new musical at the Apollo Theatre.
After wowing audienecs in Sheffield last February, new musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie transfers to London’s Apollo Theatre.
The musical is inspired by the true-life story of the teen drag queen who was the subject of the BBC Three documentary, Jamie: Drag Queen at 16.
Jamie is a 16-year-old from Sheffield. Like most teens, he finds parts of life difficult. His dad recently left home and Jamie is struggling to fit in at school. Luckily, he has a great mum on his side. With the support of those around him, Jamie gradually manages to become the person he really wants to be – and all in time for the school prom.
The Feeling front man Dan Gillespie Sells provides the music for the hit show. Tom MacRae wrote the book and lyrics.
John McCrea reprise his lead role in the musical when it transfers to London’s West End. He previously appeared in London productions including The Buskers Opera and Peter Pan. The Guardian calls McCrae’s performance “excellent” and says that because of him the audience “instinctively warm to Jamie”.
Many members of the original Sheffield cast join McCrea for this transfer. The cast includes Josie Walker, Mina Anwar, Tamsin Carroll, Daniel Anthony, Luke Baker, Courtney Bowman, James Gillian, Harriet Payne, Shiv Rabheru, Lucie Shorthouse and Kirstie Skivington.
Jonathan Butterell directs the production. Butterell’s previous projects include Second Chance, Whida Peru and Resurrection Tangle in New York.
WhatsOnStage gives the show four stars and calls it “a bona fide toe-tapper”. The Stage go one better with five stars and the declaration that “Everybody should soon be talking about Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.”
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie runs from 6 November 2017 – 6 October 2018 at the Apollo Theatre.