Sheffield Theatres’ hit production of Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae’s Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is heading for the West End this November.
Following on from the show’s successful premiere run at the Crucible in February, the production will arrive at the Apollo Theatre with previews from Monday 6 November ahead of a press night on Wednesday 22 November.
Confirming details of the West End transfer, chief executive of Sheffield Theatres Dan Bates said: “We are beyond thrilled that this fantastic production has been picked up by the West End producer Nica Burns, who recognised the incredible work produced in Sheffield. The reaction from Sheffield audiences to Everybody’s Talking About Jamie was overwhelming and we can’t wait to see the show continue its success in London.”
Described as a ‘coming-of-age story with a twist’, the major new work was written by singer songwriter Sells, the lead vocalist of rock band The Feeling and stage and screen writer MacRae.
The majority of the Sheffield Crucible cast is joining the West End transfer with John McCrea reprising his acclaimed performance in the role of Jamie, alongside Josie Walker, Mina Anwar, Tamsin Carroll and Daniel Anthony, Luke Baker, Courtney Bowman, James Gillian, Harriet Payne, Shiv Rabheru, Lucie Shorthouse and Kirstie Skivington.
Directed by Jonathan Butterell, who also came up with the original idea for the show, the production’s creative team includes designer Anna Fleischle, choreographer Kate Prince, musical director Theo Jamieson, lighting designer Lucy Carter, sound designer Paul Groothuis, and casting director Will Burton.
Commenting on the show, producer and theatre owner Nica Burns said: “Everybody seemed to be talking about the show, so I went to see the final matinee in Sheffield with no expectations. I came out of the auditorium singing the tunes, having laughed, cried, laughed again and dancing with happiness. I found the director, and immediately offered to produce the show in London at one of my theatres. It had to come to the West End. This is an uplifting musical for our times and for everyone.
‘Congratulations to Sheffield Theatres for backing a new British musical theatre composing and directing team and developing it over three years. It is a huge achievement. The city of Sheffield has every reason to be very proud of their brilliant theatre which is greatly admired throughout the UK.”