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About Everybody's Talking About...

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.

John McCrea, Rebecca McKinnis, Tamsin Carroll, Shobna Gulati, Lucie Shorthouse and Lee Ross lead a twenty-four strong company and an eight-piece band that 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, fabulous, feel-good, musical sensation has been wowing audiences and critics alike.

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An exciting new British musical, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie tells the story of teenager Jamie and his secret desire to become a fabulous drag queen. When a teacher asks her year 11 class what they want to be when they’re older, Jamie admits he wants to be a performer but is told to get his head out of the clouds and get real. His adoring mother, Margaret, however has always had Jamie’s back and presents him with a pair of red high-heels. This is the catalyst that Jamie needed to be his true self and come out of the closet with his drag character, Mimi Me!

The songs of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie hit the highs of recognisable, energetic pop tracks but also have the emotional depths of an iconic piece of musical theatre. There’s more than a few songs that you can strut your stuff to for weeks after seeing the show!

Facing down school bully, Dean, Jamie finds support in his friends, family and drag community, helping him to step confidently into the world as his true self. The uplifting message of self-acceptance has touched the hearts of London audiences and the positive representation of both gay and muslim characters has been highly praised too. It’s a musical about loving yourself and learning that you are beautiful, inside and outside, no matter what you wear.

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What To Watch For

  • The show’s premise is based on a BBC Three documentary called Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, following Jamie Campbell and his journey.
  • The show’s music was created by Dan Gillespie Sells, formerly of the indie-pop band The Feeling.
  • In true Jamie style, the real Jamie Campbell arrived at the London press night for the musical in a dress adorned with the show’s artwork.

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Run Time

2hrs 35min (including interval)

Start Date

Sweeps you away on a tide of mischief, warmth and exuberance
Financial Times
It’s the real deal. Everyone really should be talking, singing, shouting about Jamie now
The Times

Apollo Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES

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