Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

4.7 (258) · Musicals

Out of the darkness… into the spotlight… back to the place where we belong.

“Shane Ritchie has joined the cast of this feel-good contemporary musical about the 16-year-old gay school outcast and would-be drag queen. This gloriously ebullient evening may be very much in fairy tale mode, but it boasts sharp songs, sharp social comment and even sharper performances. There is grit beneath the sequins and the frocks, and a critique of society’s unwillingness to embrace difference lurking behind the wit. It’s a show with as much appeal to teenagers as to their parents, and I can’t think of a West End show which delivers the same level of full-throttle, look-no-hands joy.”


Be one of the first to see Everybody’s Talking About Jamie as it triumphantly returns to the Apollo Theatre this May, making it one of the first major musicals to reopen in London! With a hotly anticipated new film adaptation due to be released this year, everybody’s talking about our fabulous return!

Inspired by a true story, it is the award-winning hit musical for today – bang up to date, more relevant than ever and specially updated for the times we live in.

Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield.
Jamie doesn’t quite fit in.
Jamie is terrified about the future.
He is going to be a sensation.
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.

Noah Thomas, Melissa Jacques, Sejal Keshwala, Hiba Elchikhe and Gillian Ford, are joined by EastEnders star Shane Richie, who reprises his role as Hugo/Loco Chanelle*, as the show returns to the West End. With a twenty-five strong company and a nine-piece band, this will ‘sweep you away on a tide of mischief, warmth and exuberance’ (Financial Times).

With ‘songs that have the wow factor’ (The Times) by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, and ‘hilarious’ book and lyrics ‘with delightful punch’ (Whatsonstage), by writer Tom MacRae, this funny, feel-good, musical sensation is ready to be your much-needed glitter in the grey as it reopens at the Apollo Theatre from May this year.

*Shane Richie will star as Hugo/Loco Chanelle until July 18.

Critic reviews

The 1,000th performance of the coming-out musical was a lively, cathartic affair that swept our critic’s reservations away

The Telegraph

This show is life-affirming, inspiring and hilarious all at once

West End Wilma

This musical, about a 16-year-old wannabe drag queen, has an undeniable touch of magic about it

The Times

A Billy Elliot for the gender-fluid age

The Independent

Staggeringly enjoyable

Time Out

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a must-see musical of our time that has been given a new blast of energy for 2020


Together, all the constituent parts of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie come together to demonstrate that this is a show whose place on Shaftesbury Avenue is never going to be given up lightly

Musical Theatre Review

Laughter enriches this heartfelt production, that shines with lively choruses and bright staging

The Upcoming

In a triumphant return to the stage, the entire cast and crew bring their A-game

Broadway World

New lead brings fresh energy to the uplifting musical about a teenage drag queen

The Stage

Totally feel good and guaranteed to make you feel fabulous!

Everything Theatre

The whole evening floats on a beautifully choreographed crowd of schoolchildren – flying knees, bright blazers, excited hair. Disruptive and supportive. A true expression of this instant hit.

The Observer

It’s still fun, it’s still a great West End musical, the cast just need to work a little harder to send the dialogue and lyrics out to the audience

London Box Office

Date & time

Until 29 Aug
Thu 20 May 2021 - Sun 29 Aug 2021,
2.30pm & 7.30pm

Contactless ticketing only. Venues will be cleaned and disinfected regularly. There will be one-way traffic. All staff and audience members must wear masks and observe social distancing at all times.

Online Venue Check-In: You will be contacted by the venue 48 hours before the performance with instructions on how to check-in and retrieve your e-ticket.
Runtime: 2 hrs 40 mins


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