Sometimes, dreams come true. And then, they become theatre. This is the story of Jamie Campbell, a 16 year old boy who had something to say... And boy did he say it.
The show Everybody's talking about Jamie is much more than a musical. It is based on a documentary that told the story of a 16 year old boy. It was first adapted for a small local theatre, but its success soon brought it to London's West End. Created by Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom Macrae, and directed by Jonathan Butterell, it has already won WhatsOnStage Awards for Best New Musical, Best Actor and Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Don’t miss the “Billy Elliot of our time”, the phenomenon everyone’s talking about.
Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Age Recommendation: For the over 7s
Tickets for the musical cost between £20 and £100 approximately, depending on how close they are to the stage, their visibility and how comfortable the seats are.
Stalls: The stalls offer complete visibility of the stage and a wide range of prices. The best seats can cost up to £97, but the last rows cost £52 and £37. Don’t miss out!
Dress Circle: The dress circle offers amazing views, especially from the first rows.
Grand Circle: Most of these seats have reduced visibility, but they have the most affordable prices of the theatre. The central area costs £37 on average, while the back and side seats just cost £20.
“Jamie: Drag Queen at 16”, was first aired by the BBC in 2011. This documentary told the story of a boy from Sheffield didn’t quite fit in and who didn’t quite know how to face his future.
But not only was Jamie Campbell lucky enough to find someone to tell his story, no. He also inadvertently inspired a theatre producer. And his life was turned into a musical. The show first opened at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, but it soon drew the attention of the West End.
Jamie is sure about one thing: when he grows up, he wants to be a Drag Queen. By no means something you can tell people about when you’re just 11 years old. With the support of his friends and his amazing mother, young Jamie, as the years go by, manages to face up to his critics and everything that stands between him and his dream. It is the story of a struggle against bullying and society, of belief in oneself, the story of how a boy from Sheffield manages to shine just the way he wants to shine.
Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Recommended Age: The show may have strong language and sexual references. It is recommended for people over the age of 14. Parental discretion advised. Not recommended for children under the age of 10.
Accessibility: The theatre has a special platform that allows wheelchairs to access the stalls. Please contact the theatre staff so they can assist you during the process. They will also be delighted to serve you and to bring you something from the bar if you wish. There are accessible bathrooms in the stalls. There is also a hearing support system.
There are also performances specifically adapted for people with a hearing impairment (captioned performances) and with a visual disability (performances with audio description of the action). Please contact the theatre to know when the next adapted performances will take place.
Guide dogs are allowed into the theatre.
How much is the cheapest ticket? The cheapest tickets start at £20. They are in the Grand Circle, especially at the sides. You can also buy tickets for side and back seats on all levels for £37.
When are tickets at their cheapest? Tickets are cheaper from Monday to Thursday. Although lower prices are always the same (£27, £50 and £20), good visibility tickets may cost up to £10 less on a weekday. Avoid Fridays and Saturdays if you want to find the best prices.
The musical is running at the Apollo Theatre, one of the most emblematic venues in London’s West End. Address: Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ES
How can I get there? You can get to the theatre in many ways: The theatre is very centrally located, close to Piccadilly Circus Tube station and right beside Leicester Square. Public transport is highly recommended.
By Tube: Piccadilly Circus is the closest station (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines).
By Bus: routes 1, 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 55 and 176
By Car: if you choose to go by car, the closest car parks are the Q-Parks in Chinatown and Newport Place. Remember that if you go to a musical, you can enjoy a 50% discount at Q-Park.
Show times: from Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm and also Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:30pm.
The musical opened in 2017, but it’s still a huge success, so it doesn’t look like it will end be closing any time soon. The show is already booking for most of 2019, so go get your tickets!
What hits will I be able to hear in 2019? Songs like And You Don't Even Know It, Spotlight, The Legend of Loco Chanelle, Works of Art, It Means Beautiful, My Man, Your Boy, The Prom Song, Over The Top and many more.
The cast features John McCrea as Jamie New, Rebecca McKinnis as Margaret New, Shobna Gulati as Ray, Michelle Visage in the role of Miss Hedge, Lucie Shorthouse as Pritti Pasha, Lee Ross as Hugo, Alex Anstey is Laika Virgin, James Gillan is Tray Sophisticay, Daniel Jacob as Sandra Bollock, Ken Christiansen as Jamie’s father, Luke Baker as Dean Paxton, Courty Bowman as Fatimah, and many other actors who form an ensemble which has been widely acclaimed by critics.
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