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All you need to know: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

The hit new musical strides into its second year in the West End

Over a year strong in London’s West End, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie continues to go from strength to strength. With the title role originated by John McCrea, the musical jumps into its second phase with Layton Williams at the helm as Jamie New.

The hit show first premiered at the Sheffield Crucible and is based on the BBC documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16 and tells the story of a teenager who aspires to be a drag queen.

With more fresh faces joining the fold, here’s what you need to know about the show.

What is Everybody’s Talking About Jamie?

Inspired by a true story, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie tells the story of schoolboy Jamie New, who at 16 years of age lives on a council estate in Sheffield and dreams of becoming a drag queen. 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.

Who stars in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie?

Leyton Williams (Bad Education, Beautiful People) joins Everybody’s Talking About Jamie as the title character, Jamie New. He last appeared on the West End stage at Billy Elliot in the musical of the same name.

He’s joined by Rebecca McKinnis as his loving and supportive mother, Margaret New. Hayley Tamaddon, star of Coronation Street and Emmerdale follows a guest run by Michelle Visage as Miss Hedge.

Sejal Keshwala stars as Ray, with Sabrina Sandhu as Jamie’s best friend Pritti Pasha.

Shane Ritchie joins the cast as a special guest star, taking on the role of Hugo.

They lead a cast of twenty-five and a nine-piece band.

What can audiences expect from Everybody’s Talking About Jamie?

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie really shines with modernity and originality. With songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, and a zinger of a script by writer Tom MacRae, it’s a funny, feel-good musical that’s doesn’t hold any punches.

What are the critics saying?

“This fizzling musical is a blast of fresh air” ★★★★★ – The Times

★★★★★ “ A burst of joy!” – Time Out

★★★★★ – Financial Times

★★★★★ – The Independent

What else do I need to know?

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is now showing at Apollo Theatre until 29 September 2019.

Tickets are on sale now. Get yours at Ticketmaster.co.uk.

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