Everybody's Talking About the return of Jamie

Everybody's Talking About the return of Jamie

By Adele Forrest | 30/12/2019

Everybody's Talking About the return of Jamie
Layton Williams

SMASH-hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is returning to the region next year, with two well-known faces among the cast.

Bad Education star Layton Williams will continue in the role of 16-year-old Jamie New, who causes a stir at his Sheffield school when he reveals he wants to go to his prom in a dress.

EastEnders star Shane Richie will also appear as father figure Hugo, a retired drag queen who once performed as Loco Channelle. 

Hugo helps Jamie navigate through his tough adolescence as he aims to become a drag queen at 16, meeting fellow queens Sandra Bollock and Laika Virgin along the way.

The tour will visit Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre between February 8 to 29, having first opened at the neighbouring Crucible stage four years ago. 

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is currently being made into a film, starring Richard E. Grant, Sharon Horgan, Shobna Gulati and Sarah Lancashire, by Sheffield-based production company Warp Films, and the production was seen shooting at Swinton Academy in the summer.

Layton, Shane and Coronation Street star Shobna will be reprising their roles from the West End production.

Shobna will also be starring as Ray in the film version, due for release in October 2020.

Also joining the cast is Britain’s Got Talent winner, George Sampson, who will play schoolboy Dean.

Producer Nica Burns said: “We are delighted that our first national tour of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is packed with West End stars.

“Three of them, hot off the Apollo stage, will be joined by a host of super-talented performers from other West End casts, from The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole to Matilda The Musical and Scrooge. 

“It’s fantastic to welcome George Sampson, who shot to fame as the youngest person to win Britain’s Got Talent at the tender age of 14. “Together they will give you a fun, funny and fabulous evening.”

Supported by his loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness and into the spotlight. 

With catchy songs by Dan Gillespie Sells, frontman of The Feeling, the funny, fabulous, feel-good, musical sensation has been wowing audiences and critics alike. 

Tickets are on sale now priced from £15 to £65 and are available from Sheffield Theatres’ box office in person, by phone on 0114 249 6000 or online at sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.