Shaftesbury Avenue, London
Public Previews: 6 November 2017
Opens: 22 November 2017
Closes: 21 April 2018
Buy tickets: 0844 847 1722 or1: Buy tickets online
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Monday at 7.30pm
Tuesday at 7.30pm
Wednesday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Thursday at 7.30pm
Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday no shows
Note: Wed 8 Nov at 7.30pm only
Note: Sat 11 Nov at 7.30pm only
Note: Wed 15 Nov at 7.30pm only
Note: Wed 22 Nov at 7.00pm only
Runs ? hours and ? minutes
£? to £?
(plus booking fees if applicable)
The new musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie in London starring John McCrea - transferring to the West End following a sold-out run at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre
Jamie New is sixteen. Heís from Sheffield. And he has a secret. He doesnít quite fit in at school. His Dadís left home. Heís about to sit his GCSEs. The future is terrifying. But Jamie is going to be a sensation.
Please note this show contains some strong language.
The show's writer Tom MacRae said: "It's based on a BBC documentary on a lad called Jamie, who became a drag queen at 16. He wanted to go to his school prom in a dress." The musical, which features songs by Dan Gillespie Sells (of The Feeling), is based on the 2011 BBC Three television documentry Jamie: Drag Queen at 16 and was presented for a three week run at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield during February 2017.
The cast features John McCrea who is reprising his role of 'Jamie', alongside the majority of the Sheffield Crucible cast including: Josie Walker as his mum and Lucie Shorthouse as his best friend 'Pritti Pasha', with Daniel Anthony, Mina Anwar, Luke Baker, Courtney Bowman, Tamsin Carroll, James Gillian, Harriet Payne, Shiv Rabheru, Kirstie Skivington. Directed by Jonathan Butterell with choreography by Kate Prince, designs by Anna Fleischle, lighting by Lucy Carter and sound by Paul Groothuis.
When this production was seen at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield in February 2017, Ann Treneman in the Times highlighted how "John McCrea gives a career-making performance as the gangly kid in his school uniform who yearns to shimmy in a dress at his school prom... This show wears its message lightly on its (sparkly) shoulder pads. There is the odd lapse in pace but there is also lots of fun... At the end, the audience rose as one. This show has the tingle." Jonathan Brown in the i Newspaper said that "Jamie provides an entrance to the dazzling world of sequins, false breasts and tucked testicles that is at once fascinating and hilarious. John McCrea in the title role is triumphant as the boy in the dress... At the risk of pooping the party, the plotting is clunky and the production is overlong and drags in the second half as we are invited into Jamie's predictably troubled home life." Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph described it as being a "funny, outrageous, touching, but oh-my-word PC flag-waving show about a Sheffield schoolboy who has set his sights on becoming a drag queen... The show sends you out on a feelgood bubble of happiness. Think about it too much, though, and the bubble gets pricked." Ian Shuttleworth in the Financial Times commented how "virtually everyone is entirely supportive both of his homosexuality and his frankly questionable taste in stiletto-heeled platform footwear... the thing is, without opposition, where is the story?.. Affirmation needs to affirm in the face of something reasonably weighty. What carries the show through is that that affirmation is so very joyous and witty." Michael Billington in the Guardian explained that "at every turn, the audience cheers Jamie on. However, it all seems a bit too easy... he has a loyally supportive mum, the love of his fellow pupils and a self-belief that only occasionally flags. To make up for the lack of dramatic substance, Tom MacRae has to fill out the story... The show is lively and engaging but, like its transvestite hero, demands a fair amount of padding."
This production was original seen at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre - previewed from 9 February 2017, opened on 13 February 2017 and closed on 25 February 2017 - when the original cast featured John McCrea as 'Jamie' with Josie Walker as his mum and Lucie Shorthouse as his best friend, 'Pritti Pasha' along with Daniel Anthony, Mina Anwar, Luke Baker, Courtney Bowman, Gabrielle Brooks, Tamsin Carroll, Charles Dale, Raj Ghatak, James Gillan, Barney Hudson, Kush Khanna, Harriet Payne, Shiv Rabheru, Kirstie Skivington and Spencer Stafford.
Everybody's Talking About Jamie in London at the Apollo Theatre public previews from 6 November 2017, opens 22 November 2017 and closes 21 April 2018