29 Nov 2019

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the smash-hit, critically acclaimed West End musical is pleased to announce the full casting for its 2020 UK tour ahead of it coming to The Bristol Hippodrome from May 26-30 2020. The cast will include the previously announced Layton Williams (Bad Education, Beautiful People, Billy Elliot the Musical) who currently stars as Jamie in the West End and EastEnders’ much-loved Shane Richie who played Hugo/Loco Channelle in the West End earlier in 2019. They are joined by Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street, Dinnerladies, Eveybody’s Talking about Jamie West End and upcoming film) as Ray and George Sampson (winner of Britain’s Got Talent) as Dean.
Further cast includes Amy Ellen Richardson (Margaret New), Lara Denning (Miss Hedge), Sharan Phull (Pritti Pasha), Cameron Johnson (Sandra Bollock / Jamie’s Dad), John Paul McCue (Laika Virgin), Rhys Taylor (Tray Sophisticay), Richard Appiah-Sarpong (Cy), Simeon Beckett (Levi), Kazmin Borrer (Vicki), Ellis Brownhill (Mickey), Jodie Knight (Fatimah), Jessica Meegan (Bex), Talia Palamathanan (Becca), Adam Taylor (Sayid), Alex Hetherington (Swing), Emma Robotham-Hunt (Swing), Ellie Leah (Understudy) and Garry Lee (Understudy).
Nica Burns, Producer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie said:
We are delighted that our first national tour of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is packed with West End stars. Three hot off the Apollo stage who are joined by a host of super- talented performers from other West End casts, from The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole to Matilda The Musical and Scrooge. It’s fantastic to welcome George Sampson who shot to fame as the youngest person to win Britain’s Got Talent at the tender age of 14.  Together they will give you a fun, funny and fabulous evening.
Layton, Shane and Shobna will be reprising their roles from the West End production. Shobna will also be starring as Ray in the film version of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie which will be released in cinemas in October 2020.
The tour commences in February 2020 in Sheffield, where the show is set and first opened four years ago. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie continues to run at the Apollo Theatre in the West End where it is currently booking until 29 August 2020.
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 Matt Ryan from original direction 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
Video Design Luke Halls
Layton Williams plays Jamie New. Theatre credits include Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Apollo Theatre); Kiss Me Kate (Sheffield Crucible); Hairspray (2018 UK Tour); Rent (London/UK Tour); The Car Man (Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures); The Lord of the Flies (Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures); Thriller Live (Lyric Theatre); Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre). Television and film credits include Rocketman, Benidorm, Beautiful People and Bad Education. Layton is the director of ‘Pros From The Shows’ which provides high quality workshops for young performers. They’ve reached thousands of students across the country hoping to inspire the next generation and nurture talent.
Shane Richie plays Hugo / Loco Chanelle. Theatre credits include Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Apollo Theatre); The Entertainer (UK Tour); Grease (UK Tour); One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (UK Tour); Scrooge (UK Tour); Lone Star (Kings Head Theatre); Private Wars (Kings Head Theatre); Boogie Nights (Savoy Theatre). Television credits include Eastenders, Lucky Numbers, The Shane Richie Experience, Win, Lose or Draw, Don’t Forget the Lyrics!, Reflex, Win Your Wish List, Oliver Twist, New Tricks, We’re Doomed: The Dad’s Army Story, What We Did on Our Holidays, The Good Samaritan, As Good As It Gets, Skins, Moving On, Minder, Redwater, Benidorm, Claude, The World’s Most Shocking Ads and Caravanning with Shane Richie. Film credits include Macbeth, The Reverend, Prisoners of the Sun and Flushed Away. Recording credits include A Country Soul (Warner Music) and I’m Your Man for Children in Need. Book credits include Rags to Richie.
Shobna Gulati plays Ray. Shobna has become a household name for her role as Anita in Victoria Wood’s Dinnerladies and as Sunita in Coronation Street. Theatre credits include playing Ray in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Apollo Theatre, West End), 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. Film work includes Shadowscan (BAFTA winner), Honey and Razerblades, Junkhearts, Ashes and Finding Fatimah. Other TV includes Moving On, Hold the Sunset, Doctors, Casualty, In the Club, EastEnders, New Street Law, Magnolia, River City, Paranoid, You, Me and Them, Where the Heart Is, Loose Women and Celebrity Masterchef. She currently voices Kari in Cbeebies’ Treasure Champs. Radio includes her own late night show on BBC Radio Manchester, and many plays for BBC Radio 4, including The Break and The Show What You Wrote.
George Sampson plays Dean. Theatre credits include Our House (UK Tour); Jack and the Beanstalk (Ipswich Regent Theatre / Darlington Hippodrome); Rapunzel (Bolton Albert Halls); Into The Hoods (Novello Theatre). Television credits include Britain’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, Waterloo Road, Mount Pleasant and Emmerdale. Film credits include Daniel Thomas, Street Dance 3D and Street Dance 2.
Amy Ellen Richardson plays Margaret New. West End credits include The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 & 3/4 (The Ambassadors); Sweet Charity (Donmar); How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Royal Festival Hall); Follies (Royal Albert Hall) ; Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory/Harold Pinter); Crazy For You (Novello); Spamalot (Palace); Les Misérables (Queens); Into The Woods and Gigi (Regent’s Park Open Air); On The Town (London Coliseum); Aspects Of Love (Prince of Wales). Other theatre credits include Kiss Me Kate (Sheffield Crucible); Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse); Beautiful The Carole King Musical (UK Tour); Into The Woods (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); Singin’ In The Rain (Chichester Festival Theatre Production UK Tour/Theatre Orb Tokyo); White Christmas (Mayflower Theatre/Bord Gais Dublin/Liverpool Empire); Oklahoma (Chichester Festival Theatre); She Loves Me and Funny Girl (Minerva Theatre, Chichester); Vincent In Brixton (UK Tour); A Christmas Carol (Sherman Cymru); Cats (UK Tour); Chicago (Original UK Tour); Whistle Down The Wind (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Film and television credits include Les Misérables (Working Title); Maddy Burns/The One & Only Double (Short); The Olivier Awards (ITV); This Morning (ITV); Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert (DVD).
Lara Denning plays Miss Hedge. West End credits include The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 (The Ambassadors / Menier Chocolate Factory); Matilda (Cambridge Theatre); Ruthless The Musical (Arts Theatre); Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane). Other theatre credits include Scrooge The Musical (Leicester Curve); Dick Whittington (Bristol Hippodrome); The Rocky Horror Show (European Tour); Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance (UK Tour); All The Fun Of The Fair (UK Tour); Dirty Dancing In Concert (UK Tour); Grease (Cyprus). Television and film credits include Ruthless The Musical (Broadway HD), Dick Whittington (UK Cinema Release) and Lina in Glass Body (Short Film).
Sharan Phull plays Pritti Pasha. Theatre credits include Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest (Curve Theatre); Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth (National Theatre); Pink Sari Revolution (Curve Theatre); Scrooge: The Musical (Curve Theatre); The Boy In the Dress – Workshop (Royal Shakespeare Company). Recording credits include Bend It Like Beckham (Original Cast Recording).
Cameron Johnson plays Sandra Bollock and Jamie’s Dad. Theatre credits include Fame The Musical (UK Tour); Aladdin (Cliffs Pavilion); Europe (Pitlochry Festival Theatre); High Society (Pitlochry Festival Theatre); People (Pitlochry Festival Theatre); Five Guys Named Moe (Underbelly Festival Square Edinburgh); Guys and Dolls (UK Tour & Phoenix Theatre); The Life (English Theatre Frankfurt); I Will Be Everything (New International Encounter); Eqqus (Pomegranate Theatre); A Christmas Carol (BoxClever Theatre); The Boxed Romeo & Juliet (BoxClever Theatre); The Brontës of Dunwich Heath…and Cliff (Eastern Angles).
John Paul McCue plays Laika Virgin. Theatre credits include Snow White, Dick Whittington, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Aladdin, Snow White (Royal Spa Centre Leamington); Glaswegian Beauty (Milton Court Theatre); 365 (National Theatre of Scotland); The Wizard of Oz (New Vic, Stoke); The Diary of Me (Perfect Pitch/Trafalgar Studios). TV credits include The Most Beautiful Railway, Take Me Out -The Gossip and Louie Spence's Showbusiness. JP is most known as his drag alter ego Mary Mac, the tartan wrapped Scottish Songstress, who performs all over the UK and internationally in iconic cabaret venues such as The Royal Vauxhall Tavern and The Two Brewers and has recently taken the show onboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas for Atlantis Cruises.
Rhys Taylor plays Tray Sophisticay / 1st cover Hugo / Loco Chanelle. Theatre credits include Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith); Now and Then (Above the Stag Theatre); Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Union Theatre); The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre); Rob and the Hoodies (Vienna’s English Theatre). Television credits include Cher: The Greatest Showgirl.
Richard Appiah-Sarong plays Cy. Theatre credits include Pepe/Understudy Chino in West Side Story (Leicester Curve Theatre), Donny in The Wedding Singer (Daegu Opera House) and Back to the Future (Workshop).
Simon Beckett plays Levi. Theatre credits include Dance Captain in Motown the Musical (UK Tour); Understudy Andy/Joe in Flashdance the Musical (UK & International Tour) and Dance Captain in Sleeping Beauty (Qdos Entertainment). Television credits include The Brit Awards 2018 for Stormzy (ITV); Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV); BBC Back Chat Show (BBC1); X Factor for Rita Ora (ITV) and The Brit Awards for Kanye West (ITV).
Kazmin Borrer plays Vicki. Theatre credits include Salome (London Coliseum); The Last Days of Jack Sparks (Waterstones Piccadilly); Elegies, Punks and Raging Queens (Tron Theatre). Film and TV credits include the upcoming film version of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Honey, Baggage, What I Learnt, Michael McIntyre’s Very Christmassy Christmas Show and Little Red Hoodie.
Ellis Brownhill plays Mickey. Ellis has performed as a backup dancer for musicians such as Nile Rodgers & Chic, Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow, Hugh Jackman, Jax Jones, Jonas Blue and HRVY. TV credits include The BRIT Awards, The X Factor: Celebrity and Britain’s Got Talent as a choreographer. Ellis will also star in the upcoming film version of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
Jodie Knight plays Fatimah. Jodie’s credits whilst training at Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama include Bring It On and Spamalot. Jodie will make her professional stage debut in the UK tour of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
Jessica Meegan plays Bex. Jessica’s credits whilst training at Bird College include Made in Dagenham and Children In Need Rocks. Jessica will make her professional stage debut in the UK tour of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
Talia Palamathanan plays Becca. Theatre credits include Matilda the Musical. TV credits include Hank Zipzer and Children in Need. Talia will also star in the upcoming film version of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
Adam Taylor plays Sayid / Jamie New. Theatre credits include Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Apollo Theatre); Shrek the Musical (UK Tour); ISHQ (Sadler’s Wells); Robin Hood (Mayflower Theatre); Mamma Mia! and Blue Planet (both Royal Caribbean International); How Will I Know (Gas & Electric).
Alex Hetherington (Swing) theatre credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour); Dick Whittington (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Hooray For Hollywood (Globus Circus Bucharest); Jack and the Beanstalk (Cliffs Theatre Southend); The Lord of the Flies (The Alhambra Theatre). Alex has also performed as a backup dancer at the Rugby World Cup Final 2015 and FA Cup Final 2017.
Emma Robotham-Hunt (Understudy). Theatre credits include Swing in Matilda: The Musical (Cambridge Theatre, London); Ensemble/ Assistant Dance Captain in Motown the Musical (UK & Ireland tour). Other credits include BBC Music Awards- dancer for Zara Larsson and Matilda International Tour Workshop
Ellie Leah (Understudy). Theatre credits include Calendar Girls (UK Tour); Fat Friends (UK Tour); Legally Blonde (Leicester Curve); Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK Tour / The Civic, Auckland); Nell Gwynn (Apollo Theatre); Annie (UK Tour / Madinat Theatre Dubai); Mamma Mia! (International Tour); Sister Act (London Palladium); Marry Me A Little (Cheltenham Everyman Theatre); Beauty and the Beast (UK Tour); The Attic (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Stepping Out (Theatre Royal Lincoln); Hold Tight Its 60 Night (Netherlands Tour); Heartbeat The Musical (UK Tour); CBBC Playdays (UK Tour); The Blues Brothers (UK Tour); The Fair Maid of the West (Minack Theatre). Television credits include The Sound Of Music Live, Bands Reunited and Juniper Tree. Recording credits include Ident (BBC World Service), The Attic and Santa Claus The Musical.
Garry Lee (Understudy). 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).
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