Parental discretion advised. Contains some strong language and mild sexual references.
Great musicals don't get much newer than this, a brilliant contemporary show that enjoyed its world première at Sheffield’s famous Crucible Theatre in February 2017, directed by Jonathan Butterell. 21st June saw the show announce a thrilling transfer, moving to the West End's Apollo Theatre for a stint lasting from 6th November 2017 to 21st April 2018. The majority of the Crucible cast returns for the London run.
This show already has excellent credentials. The Times' critic said, “I gave it a very rare five stars. The moment it ended the entire audience rose up as one. I think that it has such an impact for the same reason that Dear Evan Hansen, the musical that just cleaned up the Tony Awards in New York, is such a success." In her opinion it's 'hit material' and deserves a West End run.
This is the story of Jamie, a 16 year old lad from County Durham whose ambition is to become a famous drag queen. You can expect a touching and occasionally outrageous musical, wonderfully exuberant, a truly memorable and unusual coming-of-age tale that's both funny and joyful. As the Daily Telegraph reviewer Dominic Cavendish said, “I can’t think of a musical that has set me spinning right round (like a record, baby) quite as much as this funny, outrageous, touching but oh-my-word PC flag-waving show...The show sends you out on a feel-good bubble of happiness.”
This fresh new British musical is a courageous piece, a defiant and brave exploration of the nature of difference. If you love the music, you're not the only one. There's also an excellent concept album available featuring John McCrea, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Betty Boo, Dan Gillespie Sells and Josie Walker.
As the character Jamie says, “sometimes you just have to grab life by the balls”. This musical does exactly that, a crowd pleaser that's happy-go-lucky on the surface, but also reveals the emotional cost of being different, often a high cost even in today's enlightened times. Your thoughts will be well and truly provoked!
What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (68%)
Loved it! Fantastically funny yet so real at the same time!
Reviewed on 12 July 2019 by Alex, Auckland, New Zealand
Feel good show for everyone....the song He’s my boy’ will steal your heart!!! Simply amazing!!!
Reviewed on 08 July 2019 by Lisa, Leigh-on-sea, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 05 July 2019 by Lisa, Edlibach, Switzerland
Reviewed on 18 June 2019 by Nicole, Fell, Germany
I went to this show as a visitor from Australia. Based on the reviews I thought it would be a professional Westend production just as I've seen in the past. However it turned out to be a show put on by people from the north of England. We couldn't understand half of the accents and what was being said. There was no money spent on backdrops or costumes. We spent time getting dressed for a wonderful night at the theatre, but most of the audience had made no effort at all to get changed. I won't be attending another Westend production after this experience, not with the cost of the tickets...
Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Jan, Waverton, Australia
Fantastic story, heartwarming performances, excellent costumes and singing. A great show!!
Reviewed on 14 June 2019 by Grace, Orpington, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 12 June 2019 by Georgia, Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 May 2019 by Geoff, Claygate, United Kingdom
Loved everything My daughter meeting some of the cast at stage door after was a highlight Shame Bianca didn’t come though
Reviewed on 12 May 2019 by Beatrice, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 12 May 2019 by Genevieve, Riaz, Switzerland
Loved everything about it. Uplifting. So much talent. A must see. Love love love.
Reviewed on 07 May 2019 by Debbie, Mogan, Spain
Loved the show but did miss quite a bit of the script due to poor sound. Had to really try hard to listen. Sadly missed quite a lot of the humour.
Reviewed on 26 April 2019 by Maxine, Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 22 April 2019 by Cedric, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 April 2019 by Ester, Loosdrecht, Netherlands
Reviewed on 06 April 2019 by Mike, Lomdom, United Kingdom
This show was amazing!! Going to the theatre is one of my favourite things to do, so my standards are very high. This show absolutely blew me away from start to finish. I just wanted to jump up and join in. Definitely not suitable for children, however I’m 16 and went to watch with my mum and didn’t find it awkward at all. Very well done and stays tasteful. Every voice was stunning. Don’t have a bad word to say about this show!!
Reviewed on 05 April 2019 by Josie, Chester, United Kingdom
Fun but cat could have be better.
Reviewed on 29 March 2019 by Paul, Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed on 24 March 2019 by Felix, Berlin, Germany
Such talented case, managed to bring on a tear or two.
Reviewed on 16 March 2019 by Jane, Amersham, United Kingdom
I liked the story it was very versatile, I was very disappointed that there was not enough glam and glitter, I wish Jamie dressed up as drag at the end.
Reviewed on 14 March 2019 by Maria, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 02 March 2019 by Stefanos, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Reviewed on 14 February 2019 by Melanie, Gröbenzell, Germany
This show has such great life messages in it. There is a lesson for everyone to learn and the fact its based on a true story makes it even more fabulous.
Reviewed on 10 February 2019 by Pamela, Renfrew, United Kingdom
Amazing. My son is gay and it really tugged on the heart strings and also made me so angry at times too. Jamie and his mum were so believable and the song Jamie sung to his mum and vice versa were beautiful. The whole cast played their parts really well, not a bad word to be said. Will definitely be recommending this to all my friends
Reviewed on 03 February 2019 by Rebecca, Umberleigh, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 24 January 2019 by Christian, Zurich, Switzerland
Not only us Jamie uniquely gifted, every performer is gifted in song and dance. A fabulous, uplifting evening.
Reviewed on 18 January 2019 by Catherine, Bern, Switzerland
Reviewed on 17 January 2019 by Silva, Burton-on-trent, United Kingdom
Great show . Good music
Reviewed on 16 January 2019 by Anthony, Biggleswade, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 10 January 2019 by Karen, Wittering Peterborough, United Kingdom
Loved the modern dance and how it gives a positive attitude toward anyone who dares to be different. Fantastic acting, LOVED EVERY SECOND, can’t wait to watch it again.
Reviewed on 01 January 2019 by Amanda, Plymouth, United Kingdom
Entertaining from the start. Colourful, fast moving,funny, emotional. Made me laugh made me cry. John McCrea faboulous throughout and Jamie as we're the rest of the cast. Few well-known faces as well as the newbies all very talented.
Reviewed on 31 December 2018 by Julie, Morecambe, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 30 December 2018 by Robin, Washington, United States Of America
From the opening to the finale such a powerful storyline with powerful characters and vocals . . Heartfelt . . Laughed and cried very emotional and entertaining . . This is now in my top 3 . . I can’t wait to watch it again . . Well done to all the cast . . Amazing
Reviewed on 30 December 2018 by Sandra, Ingleby Barwick, Stockton On Tees, United Kingdom
I can honestly say it was the best show i have ever seen
Reviewed on 24 December 2018 by Diane, Littlehampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 15 December 2018 by Mark, Poole, United Kingdom
read about the story and then you will find this show true to life and put across brilliantly
Reviewed on 11 December 2018 by Gordon, Stokeon Trent, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 09 December 2018 by Daniel, Fleetwood, United Kingdom
I really enjoyed this show. The cast were all great in their roles, music, costumes and set all excellent too!
Reviewed on 03 December 2018 by Martin, East Boldon, United Kingdom
This show was brilliant from start to finish!! Loved all the music, acting and singing. Would watch this again, absolutely amazing.
Reviewed on 29 November 2018 by Liz, Isle Of Man, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by Rachel, Penrith, United Kingdom
Great to see right now with its message of inclusivity, acceptance, love.
Reviewed on 13 November 2018 by Susan, Portland, United States Of America
Reviewed on 11 November 2018 by Sian, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 24 October 2018 by Marie-alix, Boulogne, France
Fun fun fun! Great performances by all. The lead, mother and best friend AMAZING! The song "he's my boy" tears streaming it was so good. Wow! I'll recommend this to anyone any age to see.
Reviewed on 20 October 2018 by Allen, Ventura, United States Of America
Behind a pleasant and entertaining show, a real society issue is tackled denouncing common prejudices . Even if the subject is sometimes heavy-handedly treated, the message gets through in a pleasant manner.
Reviewed on 17 October 2018 by François, Pacé, France
Reviewed on 17 October 2018 by Mari, Espoo, Finland
What a great show.. well worth seeing.
Reviewed on 01 October 2018 by Dawn, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 September 2018 by Monica, North Sydney, Australia
Reviewed on 26 August 2018 by Sam, Leigh-on-sea, United Kingdom
Great show, lots of laughs and an important message.
Reviewed on 24 August 2018 by Antony, London, United Kingdom
Anyone thinking of seeing this show, abosutely go. It was fantastic!
Reviewed on 22 August 2018 by Mandi, Amherst, United States
We didn’t know quite what to expect but really enjoyed a moving story with laughter, great music and a fantastic leading actor.
Reviewed on 17 August 2018 by Simon, Bidford On Avon, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 July 2018 by Keith Ross, Rose Bay, Australia
Fantastic show, moving and realistic story, wonderful acting (Jamie, Preti, mom), great music and dancing. Also loved the stage settings and changes throughout the scenes.I came with my teenaged son, both of us non-native english speakers, but this fact did not harm our good experience of the show.All together was a top entertainment on London Pride Day (July 7 2018)
Reviewed on 20 July 2018 by Hadar, Kibutz Malkiya, Israel
Reviewed on 18 July 2018 by Christoph, Berlin, Germany
Absolutely loved it, highly recommended
Reviewed on 01 June 2018 by Lisa, Brentwood, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 May 2018 by Dorothy, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 13 May 2018 by Robert, Stevenage, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 May 2018 by Luca, Bologna, Italy
We saw this musical with the whole family with teens. It's a touching story based on a real life "Jamie" and his experiences in a mainstream high school environment. While the actors of the main characters play superb so does the whole ensemble: Their dancing and choreographie is creative and powerfull and fit perfectly to the music that is somehow pop-like but also complex and interesting and exciting: This is clearly a must see again musical and very certainly a strong candidate for the top of the tops playlist for your mobile.
Reviewed on 07 April 2018 by Stefan, Boeblingen, Germany
Fab show - brilliant music acting and story. Best show I’ve seen for a long time
Reviewed on 27 February 2018 by Christopher, Rochdale, United Kingdom
It was so funny, and the musical numbers were insanely good. But, what struck us was how poignant it was, and how much we cried! An absolute must-see.
Reviewed on 22 February 2018 by Rebecca, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 January 2018 by Matthew, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 January 2018 by Thierry, Overijse, Belgium
Reviewed on 28 December 2017 by Katherine, Havant Hampshire, United Kingdom
Great show with believable characters. Cried through most of the second act. Jamies mums performance was poignant and heart wrenching.
Reviewed on 24 December 2017 by Linda, Woking, United Kingdom
Gay issues is not sutable for every body
Reviewed on 09 December 2017 by Sharaf, Jeddah-ksa, Saudi Arabia
Reviewed on 07 December 2017 by Rosemary, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Went with an open mind to this show and boy was I surprised! A fantastic cast great score and top performances all around! Top Choice best I seen in the West End Ever!
Reviewed on 06 December 2017 by Mark, Tamworth, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 23 November 2017 by Janet, Darlington, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 22 November 2017 by Fabien, London, United Kingdom
Fantastic story with shuch talented actors! Story that anybody can relate to in some way, funny, deep yet witty! Absolutly fabulous darling! A MUST see! Well done!
Reviewed on 17 November 2017 by Rudy, London, United Kingdom
A truly life-affirming big hug of a show!
Reviewed on 17 November 2017 by Rebekah, Sandgate, Folkestone, United Kingdom
by Phil Willmott | Friday, April 12 2019, 09:49
Back in November 2017 I reported that this high-spirited musical was the “perfect way to lift the gloom with a reminder of decent British humanity that celebrates the individual spirit”.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Layton Williams as Jamie, Hayley Tamaddon as Miss Hedge & classSecond Look: EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE at the Apollo Theatre
by Phil Willmott | Friday, November 24 2017, 17:35
London needs something to celebrate as this particular winter of political uncertainty grinds onwards - this musical is the perfect way to lift the gloom with a reminder of decent British humanity that celebrates the individual spirit.Review: EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE at the Apollo Theatre