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EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE RETURNS TO THE WEST END THIS CHRISTMAS

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the award-winning feel good musical sensation, will return with social distancing and half the usual capacity to the Apollo Theatre from 12th December. Celebrating its 3rd birthday, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’s return will be the first full-book musical to re-open in the West End this Christmas, ahead of its 1000th performance.

Nica Burns, Producer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie said:

“Year 11 at Mayfield school are back clutching their personalised masks and ready to rumble in their bubble! Everybody’s talking About Jamie returns fresher than ever – fun, funny and joyful and ready to lift your lockdown blues.”

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie West End trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZWrLCJpLqw

Capacity at the Apollo Theatre has been reduced to 50% to comply with COVID-19 Secure guidelines with socially distanced seats plus robust risk mitigation.  Our 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 Apollo Theatre is a 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.

Prior to Jamie’s return, the Apollo Theatre reopened on 22nd October with ex-NHS doctor Adam Kay’s show This is Going to Hurt. It played 14 performances before theatres were asked to close again. Feedback from the circa 4,500 theatre customers who attended its run had been very positive with many telling the theatre staff they felt were very happy with the safety procedures in place.

For further information please visit www.nimaxtheatres.com/covid-19-secure/

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, 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 February 26th 2021.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre 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).

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.

Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight. With catchy songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, and book and lyrics by writer Tom MacRae, this funny, fabulous, feel-good, musical sensation has been wowing audiences and critics alike. Sixteen: the edge of possibility. Time to make your dreams come true.

 

Music by Dan Gillespie Sells

Book and Lyrics by Tom MacRae

From an idea by Jonathan Butterell

Directed by Jonathan Butterell

Design by Anna Fleischle

Choreography by Kate Prince

Lighting design by Lucy Carter

Sound design by Paul Groothuis

Casting by Will Burton

Musical Supervisor Theo Jamieson

Musical Director Richard Weeden

Video Design Luke Halls

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

Noah Thomas plays Jamie New. Noah is currently a third year student at Mountview Academy and previously attended The BRIT School. Theatre Credits (whilst Training) include: Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys & Dolls; Flick in Violet; Peter Mark Roget in An Experiment with an Air Pump; Motel in Fiddler on the Roof. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie marks Noah’s professional stage debut.

Melissa Jacques plays Margaret New. Theatre credits include: Trish in Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre) WICKED, Midwife, Madame Morrible Cover (Victoria Palace); Original cast member of Mamma Mia! (London), alternate Donna and understudying all of ‘The Dynamos’; My Fair Lady (Esplanade Theatre, Singapore); Chess (Spektrum Arena, Oslo); Company, Into the Woods (Derby Playhouse); The Full Monty (UK tour); Spend, Spend, Spend (West Yorkshire Playhouse & UK tour); A Slice of Saturday Night, Oliver, Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Royal, Lincoln); Little Shop of Horrors (Millfield Theatre); Me and My Girl, Crazy for You (Aberystwyth). Workshops include: We Will Rock You, Desperately Seeking Susan, Blag, Paris Thunder. Melissa was one-sixth of the close vocal harmony group The Unconventionals who released their album Flower to the People.

Sejal Keshwala plays Ray. Theatre credits include: Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre, West End); Anita and Me (Birmingham Rep); Trident Moon (Finborough Theatre); My Fair Lady 60th Anniversary Concert (Alex Parker Productions); Destiny’s Child Re:Imagine and Fugees: The Complete Re-Score (Rogue Symphony); Bernstein’s Mass (Southbank Centre); Company (Phoenix Arts) and as a backing vocalist for Kimberly Walsh. Television credits include: Britain’s Got Talent as backing vocalist (ITV); Michael McIntyre’s Very Christmassy Christmas Show (ITV); Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel (ITV); Search for a Musical Theatre Performer (BBC Wales). Radio credits include: Friday Night is Music Night (Dynamic Vocals, BBC Radio 2).

Hiba Elchikhe plays Pritti Pasha. Theatre credits include: Brooklyn in Brooklyn The Musical (Greenwich Theatre); Fiver (Southwark Playhouse); Antony & Cleopatra (National Theatre); Princess Jasmine in Aladdin (Australia); Mrs Santiago/Understudy Molly in Ghost the Musical (Asia); The Sound Of Music: Live (ITV); featured soloist in Friday Night is Music Night for BBC Radio 2 and Bend it Like Beckham (workshop). Everybody’s Talking About Jamie marks Hiba’s West End debut.

Gillian Ford plays Miss Hedge. Theatre credits include: Mamma Mia! (UK Tour), Cinderella (The Kings, Glasgow); It’s a Wonderful LifeWhisky Galore, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, What Every Woman Knows and A Servant o’ Twa Maisters (Pitlochry Festival Theatre); The Sound of Music (The Palladium, London); Hay Fever (UK Tour); The Marriage-go-Round (The Lyceum, Crewe); Songs for a New World (Judi Dench Theatre, London) and Jack and the Beanstalk (The Kings, Edinburgh). Film and Television credits include: Yo! Diary (BBC 1, The Comedy Unit) and The Honeymoon (FilmFour, 2AM Productions).

Phil Nichol plays Hugo/Loco Chanelle. Theatre credits include: his critically acclaimed one-man show Your Wrong which played over a 130 performances in 15 countries, Eugene O’Neill’s classic Hughie directed by Mike McShane, The Machine (MIF/Armory NY), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (West End), Twelve Angry Men (West End) and Taboo. Phil’s television and film credits include:  Man Down (C4), Catastrophe (C4), Siblings (BBC), Uncle (BBC), Holy Flying Circus (BBC4’s BAFTA nominated drama about the Pythons).  As the Artistic Director of Comedians’ Theatre Company, Phil has produced and starred in over 15 shows in the past 13 years including True WestSchool for ScandalKiller JoeGagarin Way and Talk Radio, directed by Stewart Lee.  Phil is also a standup comedian – he gigs regularly on the UK and international comedy circuit and was the winner of the prestigious Perrier Award in 2006.  He is lead singer of the glam rock band Muscle.

Alexander Archer plays Mickey. Alexander is making his West End debut after recently graduating from Bird College. Theatre credits include: Levi in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Kilworth Theatre); Ensemble and Understudy of King Rat in Dick Whittington (Mayflower Theatre Southampton); Julius in Romeo & Julius (Move It); Featured Dancer in La Fuerza (Move It); Ensemble in Matthew Bourne’s Mr Wonderful (Sadler’s Wells) and Benedict in Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies UK Tour (Sadler’s Wells). Film credits include: Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw (Universal Pictures). Television credits include: Advance & Enthrone promo (Camelot Films); Essex Police Campaign; Burberry London Fashion Week (Tate Modern); Olympia London Horse Show (BBC).

Zion Battles plays Levi. Theatre credits include: Groove On Down The Road (Zoonation) Danced for: Steff London and Skepta. Film credits include: PAN, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie: The Film (2020). Music credits include: Cosigned artist by Little Mix, Stormzy, Wiley, Chipmunk, Wretch 32 Performed at: Wireless Festival 2018 and 2019, Mutiny Festival 2018.

Ebony Clarke (Swing/Dance Captain). Theatre credits include: Alternate Soozy/Tweetz, Kate Prince’s Some Like it Hip HopSylvia (Old Vic); Dance Captain and Swing Dancer in THRILLER Live! (West End); The Brit Awards 2018 (The o2 Arena); Associate Choreographer, Aladdin (Townsgate Theatre); Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Hawth Theatre); Priya in Some Words (Sadler Wells); Spirit of the Ring, Aladdin (Marlowe Theatre); Rita LaPorta, The Lucky Stiff (Lilian Baylis).Film and Television credits include: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie; The Generation Game; Dua Lipa (ITV); Stage School (E4); Bring The Noise (Sky 1); The Brit Awards; Morrison’s (Commercial); House of Fraser – Christmas is Coming (Commercial); GiffGaff (Commercial).

Marlon G. Day plays Jamie’s Dad. Theatre credits include: Les in Bouncers (Liverpool Royal Court); History in Patience (Bush Theatre); Lloyd in Meat (Albany Theatre); Henry Ross in Harriet TubmanRakesh on Tryst With Destiny (Tara Theatre); Leonardo in Blood Wedding (Southwark Playhouse); Boy in A Taste of Honey; Peter in A Big Stuff (Arts Depot); Ty in Safe – workshop (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Xeneca in Tempting Cannibal (Contact Theatre); Edward in Spark (M6 Theatre); Lucas in Cooling Off; Sergeant in Live & Direct (Contact Theatre); Anthony in Lyrikal Flavas (Contact Theatre); Son in My Fathers House; Jonessey in The Street Nobody Knows (London New Play Festival). Television credit includes: Al Wakeham in Coronation Street (ITV); Chris in Kiss of Death (Talos/October Films); Guy Goodey in 4 O’Clock Club (BBC); Harvey Simpson in Suspicion (October Films); Coronation Street (ITV); Josh Trimmer in Doctors (BBC); Charlie Pollard in Dark Matters (Wide-Eyed Entertainment); Leroy in Breaking the Business – pilot (311 Films); Jim in Ideal 2 (Baby Cow Productions/BBC). Film credits include: Mark in 90 Minutes (El Capitan); Holt in Deny Everything (Reality Shift Productions); Ticket Clerk in Pride (Pathe); B in Hackney’s Finest (Iona Films/Framestore); Barman in I Against I (Stray Dogs Films); Young Bert in The Fallen (Channel Four); Ray in Private Life (Mad Cat Films); Darren in Two Heels and a Baby (Community Rites).

James Gillan plays Tray Sophisticay. Theatre credits include: Tray Sophisticay in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Sheffield Crucible); Lady Puck in The Donkey Show (Camden Proud Galleries); Mr Tumnas in The Lion The Which and the Wardrobe (The Rose theatre Kingston); Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors (Aberystwyth Arts Theatre); Colin in The Secret Garden (Birmingham Rep and West Yorkshire Playhouse); Peter in Peter Pan (West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Royal festival Hall); Original Boq in WICKED (Apollo Victoria Theatre); John Hinckley in Assassins (Sheffield Crucible theatre); Rusty in Starlight Express ( Apollo Victoria Theatre and 1st national tour); Marilyn in Taboo (National tour); Nick in FAME (Arena tour Of Sweden);  Godspell (Chichester Festival Theatre); Iras in Antony and Cleopatra and Lucius in Julius Caesar (Shakespeare’s Globe theatre); Pippin in Pippin (The Bridewell Theatre); TOMMY at the Shaftesbury theatre (Oliver Award Nomination for best supporting performance in a musical); Benjamin in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (National tour) and James  in James and the Giant Peach (National tour). Television credits include: Doctors (BBC); ‘orrible (BBC); Casualty (BBC); The Seven Industrial Wonders of the World (BBC); The Inbetweeners (Channel 4); The C Word (BBC); A Tale of Two Cities (CBS); Suspects the Improvised Cop drama for Channel 5.

Zahra Jones plays Becca. Theatre credits include: Dancer/Understudy Fairy Godmother in Cinderella (The Town Hall Theatre, Hartlepool), Dancer/Singer for RJP Entertainment, Dancer/Understudy Belle and Grimalkin in Beauty and the Beast (Prince’s Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea), Dance Captain for Live Business and TUI Family Life.

Emily Kenwright plays Vicki. Theatre credits include: Flashdance (UK and International Tour); 27 Rise of a Falling Star the Musical (Cockpit Theatre); Some Words (Workshop); Cinderella (Qdos); Aladdin (Qdos); Cinderella (First Family Entertainment). Dancer in Strictly Come DancingBritain’s Got Talent, The Brit Awards, Children In Need TV, Jam Audio THE BOX Plus 4Music. Emily has Performed with Ellie Goulding, Raye, Misunderstood RADAR Music Week, Performed in Numerous of Music Videos for various artists, Model for BLOCH Fashion, Hollyoaks, BBC TV Drama Justice.

Keenan Knight plays Sayid. Theatre credits include: George in The Wedding Singer (Kenneth More Theatre); Christmas Wonderland (US Tour); New Jersey Nights (UK & Australian Tour); Christmas On Ice (Niagara Falls Avalon Theatre); Princess Cruises (Dancer); X Factor Finals ‘Only Boys Aloud’ (Manchester Arena); Britain’s Got Talent Finalist ‘Only Boys Aloud’ (Fountain Studios); ITV Red or Black – Vocalist (Elstree Studios).

Jordan Laviniere plays Cy. Theatre credits include: Duane & u/s Seaweed in Hairspray (UK Tour); Ensemble & u/s Angel & Benny in Rent (UK Tour); Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith); Dance Captain on The Life (The English Theatre-Frankfurt); Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, (Workshop); We Will Rock You (European Tour); Thriller Live (UK&EU tour); Young Simba in The Lion King ( Lyceum); Whistle Down The Wind (Aldwych). Film and television credits include: X Factor (Freemantle Media); Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince (Warner Bros.); Little Miss Jocelyn (BBC); Disney Kids Awards (Disney).

Garry Lee plays Sandra Bollock. Theatre credits include: Cinderella (Nottingham Theatre Royal), Freddy in The View Upstairs (Soho Theatre), Associate Director on Flashdance (No1 Korean Tour), Resident Director/Assistant Choreographer on Flashdance (Uk Tour), Assistant Choreographer on Footloose (Uk Tour), Subway Ghost in Ghost The Musical (Uk Tour), Assistant Choreographer on Little Shop of Horrors (Uk Tour), Jordan in Dirty Dancing (Uk Tour), Lucas in BARE (Greenwich Theatre) and Hip Hopper 1 in Starlight Express (Germany).

Brian James Leys (Understudy). Theatre credits include: Motown The Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre);
Disney’s The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), BARK! The Musical (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Les Misérable – Bishop/Brujon, understudy Javert (UK/Ireland- international tour). Television credits include: River City (BBC SCOTLAND).

David O’Reilly plays Laika Virgin. Theatre credits include: Franics Henshall in One Man Two Guvnors (Derby Theatre); Jamie in Catherine Tate Live (Wyndhams Theatre); Sarah The Cook in Dick Whittington (Bristol Hippodrome); Jamie in Catherine Tate Live (Australian & New Zealand Tour); Cecil Graham in Lady Windermere’s Fan (Vaudeville Theatre); Standby Elder Cunningham in The Book Of Mormon (Prince Of Wales); Roger in Grease (UK Tour and West End); Reggie in Bluebirds (Above The Stag). Television credits include: Finn Pendle in Doctors (BBC); Bean in Benidorm (ITV); Chobado in Furiki Wheels (Disney XD); Boogie in Tiki Tam Tam (Pilot); Nigel Nit Boy in Worlds Worst Children (Teaser); Ronan in Round Ireland with a Fridge (Fridge D’or).

Harriet Payne plays Bex. Theatre credits include: Bex in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Sheffield Crucible and workshops); Fern in Charlotte’s Web (Gordon Craig Theatre Stevenage); Snow White (Southport Theatre and Grimsby Auditorium); Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty (Millfield Arts Centre London); The Little Mermaid (Dugdale Centre London); Beauty in Beauty and the Beast (The Victoria Theatre Halifax); Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Tour); Wendla in Spring Awakening (Completely Productions, The Bull Theatre Barnet).

Jordan Ricketts plays Dean. Training: Bird College. Theatre credits (whilst in training) include: Billy Crocker in Anything Goes; Eddie O’Grady in Made in Dagenham; Dupree in Cry Baby; Earl of Essex in Bess the Musical (Workshop). Jordan is making his professional and West End debut in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

Rachel Seirian plays Fatimah. Rachel is currently training at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and makes her professional stage and West End debut in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Previous credits include the Brother Leo music video Push Up and the Grange Hill 40th Anniversary Event.

Joe Wolstenholme (Swing). Joe started off as Dodger in Oliver! before getting a scholarship to Sylvia Young School.  He later became a tap world champion with England tap team Tap Attack.  Joe then went on to train at The Brit School’s Khronos dance company. Credits include: Brit Awards with company Wayne McGregorProms (The Royal Albert Hall); NSPCC commercialWizard of Oz (West End); Singing in the Rain (West End).