Shobna Gulati, best known for playing Sunita Alahan in ITV’s Coronation Street and Anita in Dinnerladies, is joining the West End cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, taking on the role of Ray from 7 May 2018.
Gulati said: “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a wonderful show; it’s truly warm, infectious for the soul and incredibly uplifting. The entire cast and team are so gifted and such energetic storytellers who give us a universal tale for right now. The show is full of the rich diversity that makes my heart sing and what makes Britain great! This musical celebrates life! This incredible production and ensemble is one I am so proud and so pleased to become a part of.”
The actress joins current cast members, John McCrea (Jamie), Josie Walker (Margaret), Tamsin Carroll (Miss Hedge), Lucie Shorthouse (Pritti Pasha), Phil Nichol (Hugo), Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Luke Bayer, Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Marvyn Charles, Ken Christiansen (Jamie’s Dad), Jordan Cunningham (Sayid), Daniel Davids (Levi), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Cherelle Jay, Rebecca McKinnis, Harriet Payne (Bex), Chloe Pole, Shiv Rabheru (Cy), Lauran Rae (Becca) and Kirstie Skivington (Vicki).
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae. It’s directed and conceived by Jonathan Butterell, who saw the Firecracker documentary film Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, which is the story of Jamie Campbell and his mother Margaret, and was inspired him to create this fictionalised musical.
The show opened at the Sheffield Crucible in 2017 and is now playing at the Apollo Theatre in the West End, currently booking until 6 October 2018. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie was nominated for five Olivier Awards, received the UK Theatre Award for Best New Musical and won the Attitude Culture Award 2017.
Dan Gillespie Sells won Best Composer at The Stage Debut Awards, John McCrea won the UK Theatre Award for Best Performance in A Musical and was named joint Most Promising Newcomer at the Critics’ Circle Awards.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will be screened live from the Apollo Theatre into cinemas across the UK, Ireland and select European territories on Thursday 5 July 2018. The official West End cast recording is released digitally worldwide and on CD in the UK on 27 April 2018.
Shobna Gulati has become a household name for her role as Anita in Victoria Wood’s Dinnerladies and as Sunita in Coronation Street. Theatre credits include Daisy Pulls It Off (The Park), Anita & Me (Birmingham Rep and Touring Consortium), Grease (Leicester Curve Theatre), Mamma Mia! (international tour), April in Paris (Derby Playhouse and UK tour), B!rth, Hunger for Trade, Come Closer, Pretend You Have Big Buildings, Cafe Vesuvio (Royal Exchange, Manchester), The Jungle Book (West Yorkshire Playhouse), dinnerladies (UK tour), Romeo and Juliet (Leicester Haymarket) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tara Arts, UK tour). She has also written and directed the critically acclaimed comedy show for young women, The Masala Girls.