Everybodys Talking About Jamie

Apollo Shaftesbury Ave

Everybodys Talking About Jamie

06 Nov 2017 - 06 Oct 2018

£23.00 - £98.00

Pro reviewers rating
19 reviews

4.4 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

Sixteen: the edge of possibility.  Time to make your dreams come true.

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.

Features new songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae.

Transfers with most of the Crucible cast, including the lead.

(Some reviews from Sheffield)



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“Fabulous, fresh and enormously fun... Defined by pride, by a lack of shame, by love and fun and the defeat of bigotry.”

Tim Bano (The Stage, Time Out)

“MacRae's book and lyrics tell the tale in such a scrappy, honest, hilarious way that the whole thing has delightful punch.”

Daisy Bowie-Sell (What's On Stage, Time Out, Telegraph)

“Joyful: heart and skill, restraint and jokes, joy and gentleness.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“This fizzing musical is a blast of fresh air... What a joy... John McCrea lights up the stage as Jamie.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“McCrea is magnetic: mercurial, pin-precise, with legs like a young fawn’s... rebellious, fragile, loveable and a tad obnoxious.”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“Irresistible... joyous, life-affirming... Kate Prince’s witty S Club choreography is superb... McCrea: extraordinary bravura.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“A burst of joy... The real deal... A high-impact blaze of colour... It captures the frenetic energy of being a teenager.”

Tom Wicker (Time Out, The Stage, Telegraph)

“The best lead performance by an unknown young male musical actor since Charlie Stemp... Stonkingly funny... Walker is terrific.”

West End Whingers

“Funny, outrageous, touching but oh-my-word PC flag-waving... As fresh, coltish, exciting and turbulent as adolescence itself.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“MacRae's book tricks you with tropes, then twists out of shape. Far from realising his dreams, Jamie's is an Icarus tale.”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“John McCrea: fragility tempered by toughness, possibility struggling towards actualisation. It’s a masterly performance.”

Clare Brennan (Observer)

“Feelgood... timely... A fresh, exuberant confidence... John McCrea anchors Butterell’s lively production, sassily charismatic.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Pretty good fun... a sense of humour, some bubbly songs, Yorkshire repartee and a great central performance... Refreshing.”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Terrific street dance-inflected choreography... An enormously enjoyable show with a serious social riptide... Gritty realism.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Feeling and freshness... The show’s origins in a real-life story with a 21st-century sensibility give its sunniness an edge.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Refreshing: a genuine homegrown hit... Grounded and authentic... MacRae’s vivid, idiomatic text is pure working-class Sheffield.”

Marianka Swain (Broadway World, Arts Desk)

“McCrea: sharp, sassy, and delightfully out there and vulnerable... Shorthouse: the musical star of the show.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Powerfully nuanced performances... intertwine with an incredibly catchy score... Walker: floored me... Shorthouse: very good ”

Adam Bloodworth (Metro)

“The strength of the show lies in the songs, and Sells reveals an exceptional talent for writing for the female voice.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

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