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.
Sheffield Theatres’ new season includes Standing at the Sky’s Edge by Michael Wynne, with music and lyrics by Richard Hawley; A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Robert Hastie with music by Dan Gillespie Sells; and this year’s Christmas musical Kiss Me, Kate.
It’s that point in the year again: Olivier Award public panel application time! After getting to the interview stage last year (better than 2016 and 2015) I was hoping to do it again this time round but it wasn’t to be.
A joyful celebration of the power of embracing what makes a person special, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre, London is one of the most exciting new British musicals in a long time.
Everybody’s Talking about Jamie has extended its West End booking at the Apollo Theatre through to October 2018.
The actors playing the teens are very fine, but top of the class are John McCrea as a spectacularly well-sung and well-observed Jamie, and Josie Walker as his mum with the only really heartfelt song in the show, ‘He’s My Boy’.
Written by Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae and adapted from a BBC documentary, Jamie casts off the archetypal coming out and gay bashing stories (though not completely ignoring them) in favour of a main narrative about an out and proud teen.
It’s about kids – the boiling mass of hormones that is a year 11 class grappling with GCSEs and half-formed hope. It’s about a mother and son, anger and kindness and making the best of a bad-dad deal.
Based on real life events, it tells the story of 16-year-old Jamie New, who’s dreams are a little different to his classmates. Chronicling the struggles of growing up, issues with family and being accepted, it’s the warm, British, comedic show the West End has been waiting for.
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Full casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,
directed by Jonathan Butterell and written by Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae, which will play a
limited season at the Apollo Theatre from Monday 6 November following a critically acclaimed run at
Thanks to Jamie Campbell, Firecracker Films, Michael Ball, Sheffield Theatres and Nica Burns, a new British musical by a new British theatre writing and directing team, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie opens at the Apollo Theatre on Wednesday 22 November 2017.
What a joy it is, a breath of feel-good fresh air that can’t help but leave you feeling fabulous. With career advice flying by unheeded, all 16-year-old Jamie is really bothered about as his school-time comes to an end is whether he will attend the school prom as his drag persona Mimi Me or not.
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