Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is officially coming to London’s West End.
The show tells the story of teenage student Jamie New as he overcomes prejudice, faces bullies and steps into the spotlight to fulfill his dream as a drag star.
Inspired by the BBC Three documentary film Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, the musical was met with critical acclaim during its initial run at the Sheffield Crucible this year and has been described as a “feel-good, triumphant, pop song sensation.”
Director Jonathan Butterell watched the documentary and was inspired to create the musical as a dramatised portrayal of Jamie’s life, though certain events and characters are fictionalised.
The musical will transfer to the West End’s Apollo Theatre for a limited season run, starting Monday November 6.
John McCrea is set to return to the musical to play the title role of Jamie alongside Josie Walker, reprising her role as his Mum, Margaret.
The pair will be joined by several other original cast members from the Sheffield run including Daniel Davids (Levi), Mina Anwar (Rayia ‘Ray’ Begum), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Tamsin Carroll (Miss Hedge), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Harriet Payne (Bex), Shiv Rabheru (Cy), Lucie Shorthouse (Pritti Pasha) and Kristie Skivington (Vicki).
Other cast members to appear in the musical include Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Bayer, marvyn Charles, Ken Christiansen (Jamie’s Dad), Jordan Cunningham (Sayid), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Cherelle Jay, Rebecca McKinnis, Phil Nichol (Hugo), Chloe Pole and Lauran Rae (Becca).
You can watch the trailer for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie below: