Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield.
Jamie doesn’t quite fit in.
Jamie is terrified about the future.
Jamie is going to be a sensation.
This is the premise that kicks off what promises to be West End’s new favourite musical, which has completely took over the Apollo Monday the 6th November. Fresh off the UK Theatre Awards and packed with feel-good tunes that aim to keep you humming along for weeks, the true story of Jamie Campbell gets reworked for the stage under the careful direction of Jonathan Butterell and the musical talents of singer-songwriter of The Feeling Dan Gillespie Spells and writer Tom MacRae.
16-year-old Jamie Campbell navigates his hopes and dreams of drag-queen stardom through a sea of bullying, prejudice and adjacent setbacks. It’s his moment of metamorphosis, of finding his own spotlight, glitter and high heels included. And with a little help from his friends and mother, that might not be too scary after all.
What originated as a documentary about Jamie’s journey – from a wish to wear a dress to his school prom to his drag progression – creates the foundation for these hours of joyous exploration mapped around awkward adolescence and coming to terms with your true self. Airing on BBC3 in 2011 to major success, it attracted the team that gave it the form it has today. So come on down to the Apollo and get singing with Jamie and of course, get talking about Jamie.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie runs at The Apollo Theatre from 6th November up to 21 April 2018. For tickets and more information visit http://www.everybodystalkingaboutjamie.co.uk.