Everybody’s Talking About Jamie comes to New Oxford Theatre in December

Following a record-breaking three-year West End residency, sold out UK & Ireland Tour and Amazon studios award-winning film, the smash-hit and critically acclaimed musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie announces initial casting for its second UK & Ireland tour which visits Oxford New Theatre between Tuesday 12th – Saturday 30th December 2023 as part of it’s 2023-24 UK tour.

The cast includes Ivano Turco (Get Up, Stand Up!, Cinderella) as Jamie New, Rebecca McKinnis (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie West End, Dear Evan Hansen, We Will Rock You, Les Misérables) as Margaret New,  Shobna Gulati (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie West End and Film, Coronation Street, Brassic) as Ray, and Talia Palamathanan (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Tour and film) as Pritti. Further star casting to be announced.

Ivano Turco as Jamie New
Ivano Turco stars as Jamie

Nica Burns, Producer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie said:

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Ivano Turco in the title role.  He joins two superlative fan favourites from the West End cast, Rebecca McKinnis as mum Margaret and Shobna Gulati also reprising her role in the film as Ray.  Talia Palamathanan who  was such a hit in the ensemble steps up to the lead role of Pritti.

We thank all our audiences for the incredible reception they have given us and look forward to sharing our joyful musical once again on tour round the UK”.

The show opens at The Lowry on 7 September 2023 before visiting Sunderland, Nottingham, Bromley, Birmingham, Cardiff, Brighton, Leeds, Blackpool, Llandudno, Oxford, Newcastle, Wolverhampton, Woking, Sheffield, Liverpool and Glasgow with further tour dates to be announced. 

This ‘Funny, outrageous, touching’ (Daily Telegraph) musical sensation is to be experienced by all the family and not to be missed!

Set to an original score of catchy pop tunes that will ‘blow the roof off the theatre’ (Mail on Sunday) by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae (Doctor Who). Choreographed by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Kate Prince (Into The Woods, Some Like It Hip Hop, SYLVIA, Message In A Bottle). This ‘sparking coming-of-age musical’ (The Times) will have everybody talking about Jamie for years to come.

What is Everybody’s Talking About Jamie about?

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.

Is it a true story?

Yes, Director Jonathan Butterell saw the Firecracker documentary film ‘Jamie: Drag Queen at 16’ the true story of Jamie Campbell and his mother, Margaret.  This inspired him to create this musical which is a dramatised portrayal of a period in Jamie’s life but is not a faithful account. Certain events and characters have been fictionalised to create an all singing and dancing musical.

What came first, the film or the musical?

The Everybody’s Talking About Jamie musical opened at the Sheffield Crucible in 2017 and transferred to the Apollo Theatre in the West End later that same year and ran until September 2021. It was screened live from the Apollo Theatre into over 500 cinemas across the UK, Ireland and select European territories on Thursday 5 July 2018, it was screened in cinemas across the US, Canada and Australia in November 2018 and then there was an encore cinema screening across the UK on 29 January 2019. John McCrea played the titular role in the first West End run.

The film came in 2021 (available globally on Amazon Prime) starring Max Harwood, Sarah Lancashire, Lauren Patel, Shobna Gulati, Ralph Ineson, Adeel Akhtar, Samuel Bottomley, with Sharon Horgan and Richard E. Grant. The stage production’s director, Jonathan Butterell, made his feature-film debut as director.

As well as receiving 5-star reviews, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has won 8 major theatre awards, including the UK Theatre and WhatsOnStage Awards for Best New Musical and the Attitude Culture Award 2017, and was nominated for 5 Olivier Awards. Most recently the show won Best Original Cast Recording at the 2019 WhatsOnStage Awards.

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Tour UK Dates 2023/24

The Lowry, Salford QuaysThu 7 – Sun 17 September 2023Website: www.thelowry.com
Sunderland EmpireTue 19 – Sat 23 September 2023Website: www.atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire
Nottingham Theatre RoyalMon 25 – Sat 30 September 2023Website: www.trch.co.uk
Bromley Churchill TheatreMon 2 – Sat 7 October 2023Website: www.churchilltheatre.co.uk
Birmingham HippodromeMon 9 – Sat 14 October 2023Website: www.birminghamhippodrome.com
Wales Millennium Centre, CardiffMon 23 – Sat 28 October 2023Website: www.wmc.org.uk
Brighton Theatre RoyalTue 31 October – Sat 11 November 2023Website: www.atgtickets.com/venues/theatre-royal-brighton
Leeds Grand TheatreTue 14 – Sun 19 November 2023Website: www.leedsheritagetheatres.com
Blackpool Winter GardensTue 21 – Sat 25 November 2023Website: www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk
Venue Cymru, LlandudnoTue 28 November – Sat 2 December 2023Website: www.venuecymru.co.uk
New Theatre, OxfordTue 12 – Sat 30 December 2023Website: www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-theatre-oxford
Newcastle Theatre RoyalTue 16 – Sat 20 January 2024Website: www.theatreroyal.co.uk
Wolverhampton Grand TheatreTue 23 – Sat 27 January 2024Website: www.grandtheatre.co.uk
New Victoria Theatre, WokingMon 29 January – Sat 3 February 2024Website: www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-victoria-theatre
Peacock Theatre, LondonMon 5 February – Sat 16 March 2024Website: www.sadlerswells.com
Lyceum Theatre, SheffieldTue 9 – Sat 20 April 2024Website: www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
Empire Theatre, LiverpoolMon 22 – Sat 27 April 2024Website: www.atgtickets.com/venues/liverpool-empire
King’s Theatre, GlasgowMon 13 – Sat 18 May 2024Website: www.atgtickets.com/venues/kings-theatre-glasgow


Further venues to be announced.