Award-winning musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will return with social distancing to London’s Apollo Theatre from 20 May 2021, with Shane Richie returning to play Hugo/Loco Chanelle until 18 July 2021. Richie will be joined by the West End cast staring Noah Thomas as Jamie New, Melissa Jacques as his Mum, Margaret, Sejal Keshwala as Ray, Hiba Elchikhe as Pritti Pasha and Gillian Ford as Miss Hedge.
The Apollo Theatre reopens with social distancing in conjunction with other NIMAX theatres and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is currently booking until 29 August 2021.
Nica Burns, producer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, said: “Year 11 at Mayfield school are back! Yes, freshly tested, clutching their customised masks, ready to rumble in their bubble! Everybody’s Talking About Jamie bursts back into the West End – fun, funny and joyful and ready to lift your lockdown blues.”
Shane Richie added:
“It’s an absolute thrill and an honour to be getting back on stage in London’s West End biggest feelgood show reprising the role of Loco Chanelle .. time to get heels on!”
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.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has 36 performers and a large backstage support team and is only able to return with a reduced capacity in a small theatre thanks to support from the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund.
The musical 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, Samuel Bottomley, with Sharon Horgan and Richard E. Grant. The stage production’s director, Jonathan Butterell, makes his feature film debut as director .
The full cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre is as follows: 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 Shane Richie as Hugo/Loco Chanelle. Plus: 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).
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 Jonathan Butterell who also directs. The musical has won seven major theatre awards and was nominated for five Olivier Awards.
Also in the creative team are designer Anna Fleischle, choreographer Kate Prince, lighting designer Lucy Carter, sound designer Paul Groothuis, casting director Will Burton, musical supervisor Theo Jamieson, musical director Richard Weeden and video designer Luke Halls.