Sheffield's sensational musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie returns to home city on national tour

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the hit musical created in Sheffield and set in the city, restarts its UK tour in September.

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 1:24 pm

The show returns to Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre on April 11-16, 2022. Tickets will be on sale soon via www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk or 0114 249 6000.

West End star Layton Williams reprises the role of Jamie New. TV star Shane Richie (EastEnders, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here) will play Hugo/Loco Chanelle from September 1 until November 20.

The duo have already appeared in the show at the Lyceum as well as on the London stage.

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Shobna Gulati (Ray) and Layton Williams (Jamie New) in the Everybody's Talking About Jamie tour

Layton, who began his career in the title role of Billy Elliot the Musical, played Kylie in the BBC show Beautiful People and co-starred with Jack Whitehall in the BBC comedy Bad Education.

RuPaul’s Drag Race season six winner Bianca Del Rio (the drag alter ego of Roy Haylock) takes over Shane’s role from November 23 to January 8.

Coronation Street and Dinnerladies star Shobna Gulati rejoins the cast to play Ray.

The tour will open at The Lowry, Salford Quays on September 1 before visiting Birmingham, Leicester, Wolverhampton, Canterbury, Bristol, Newcastle, Leeds, Cardiff, Liverpool, Hull, Southampton, Nottingham, Norwich, Belfast, Woking, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Milton Keynes and includes a four-week Christmas season in Brighton. Further tour venues are to be announced.

Layton Williams as Jamie

The West End production is booking until August 29.

Producer Nica Burns said: “We are back! The company of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is absolutely delighted to be sharing our fun, funny, and fabulous musical with audiences around the UK.

"So dust off your glad rags, put on your heels and enjoy a fantastic night out. You’ve waited long enough!”

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has been made into a film set in Sheffield, starring Max Harwood, Sarah Lancashire, Lauren Patel, Shobna Gulati, Sharon Horgan and Richard E Grant. The stage show’s director Jonathan Butterell makes his feature-film debut as director.

Sheffielder Jonathan created the show for the Crucible Theatre in 2017 after he saw the documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, the true story of Jamie Campbell and his mother, Margaret, transposing the story to a Sheffield council estate.

In the show, Jamie is a 16-year-old who wants to go to his school prom in drag, a decision that will change his world.