Award-winning musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will return with social distancing to London’s Apollo Theatre from 28 November 2020, celebrating its third birthday in the West End. The show will be the first full-book musical to reopen in the West End this autumn.
Producer Nica Burns said:
“Like everyone else in the UK, year 11 at Mayfield High School is back to school and coping with Covid-19 and the challenges of personalising their facemasks within school rules… We are delighted to welcome back our pre-lockdown leading performers with the addition of Phil Nichol guest starring as Hugo/Loco Chanelle. To keep them safe, our brilliant cast and the backstage team will be tested for Covid every 48 hours. In a change of schedule, we will now be playing eight shows a week Wednesday to Sunday with ticket prices remaining unchanged.
“We are only able to open such a big cast show with so few seats thanks to Oliver Dowden and the DCMS Culture Recovery Fund grant. Huge thanks to them – you should have heard the cheers from the cast when they received the news! It is wonderful to be able to welcome back our cast, backstage crew and all our fantastic freelancers who together make the production.”
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie stars Noah Thomas as Jamie New, Melissa Jacques as his Mum, Margaret, Sejal Keshwala as Ray, Hiba Elchikhe as Pritti Pasha, Gillian Ford as Miss Hedge and Phil Nicol as Hugo/Loco Chanelle.
The cast also includes Alexander Archer (Mickey), Zion Battles (Levi), Ebony Clarke (Swing), Marlon G. Day (Jamie’s Dad), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Zahra Jones (Becca), Emily Kenwright (Vicki), Keenan Knight (Sayid), Jordan Laviniere (Cy), Garry Lee (Sandra Bollock), Brian James Leys (understudy), David O’Reilly (Laika Virgin), Harriet Payne (Bex), Jordan Ricketts (Dean Paxton), Rachel Seiran (Fatimah) and Joe Wolstenholme (Swing).
Capacity at the Apollo Theatre has been reduced to circa 50% to comply with Covid-19 Secure guidelines with socially distanced seats plus robust risk mitigation. Preventative measures include:
- Health questionnaire to be emailed 48 hours in advance of the performance
- Contactless tickets
- Compulsory facemasks
- Hand sanitisation stations throughout the building
- Click and Collect bar App
- Deep clean and building sanitation
- Additional entrances and exits
- Supporting NHS Track and Trace
The theatre is also part of the See it Safely scheme run by SOLT and UK Theatre. This scheme supports theatres by providing a toolkit and practical help and training to ensure that they are following the latest Covid secure guidelines. When audiences go into a venue displaying the See it Safely mark they can feel confident that all the correct safety measures in place.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has been made into a major film by New Regency, Film4 and Sheffield based production company Warp Films starring Max Harwood, Sarah Lancashire, Lauren Patel, Shobna Gulati, Ralph Ineson, Adeel Akhtar and Samuel Bottomley, with Sharon Horgan and Richard E. Grant. The stage production’s director, Jonathan Butterell, makes his feature film debut as director. Distributed by 20th Century Studios, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will be released on 26 February 2021.
Inspired by a true story, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells and book and lyrics by writer Tom MacRae, from an idea by Butterell who also directs. The musical has won seven major theatre awards and was nominated for five Olivier Awards.
The design for the production is by Anna Fleischle, with choreography by Kate Prince. lighting design by Lucy Carter, sound design by Paul Groothuis, casting by Will Burton, musical supervision by Theo Jamieson, musical direction by Richard Weeden and video design by Luke Halls.
TICKETS ONSALE NOW! #JamieLondon returns to class officially from 28 November. We cannot wait to welcome our audiences back to the Apollo Theatre, the place where we belong ❤ pic.twitter.com/yteLA8ernQ
— JamieMusical (@JamieMusical) October 23, 2020