Everybody's Talking About Jamie


Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  8f, 10m

Dan Gillespie Sells, Tom MacRae, Jonathan Butterell

The new hit West End musical about learning who you are – and loving it!

Image: Johan Persson

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    8f, 10m
  • Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
  • Winner! WhatsOnStage Awards - Best West End Show, 2019
    Winner! WhatsOnStage Awards - Best New Musical, 2018
    Nominee: Five 2018 Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical

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Everybody's Talking About Jamie



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

Please note: The acting edition currently sold is intended for perusal only and may not be used in performance. 


Everybody’s Talking About Jamie premiered at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, on 13 February 2017, directed by Jonathan Butterell. In November 2017, the musical transferred to the West End at the Apollo Theatre, with most of the Crucible Theatre cast returning. The West End production is currently on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will resume when restrictions are lifted.

20th Century Studios is releasing its film adaptation of the musical, directed by Jonathan Butterell, on 26 February, 2021.

Cast Attributes
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Drag performance
  • Roles for Teens
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

MISS HEDGE – a teacher, thirties/fourties
BECCA – a school pupil, black
VICKI – a school pupil, white
CY – a school pupil, Asian
BEX – a school pupil, white
SAYID – a school pupil, Muslim
FATIMAH – a school pupil, Iranian
PRITTI – a school pupil, Muslim
DEAN PAXTON – a school pupil
LEVI – a school pupil, black
MICKEY – a school pupil, white
JAMIE NEW – a school pupil, our hero
MARGARET NEW – Jamie’s mother
RAY – Margaret’s best friend
HUGO/LOCO CHANELLE – a faded former drag queen and his retired alter ego
LAIKA VIRGIN – a drag queen
TRAY SOPHISTICAY – a drag queen
SANDRA BOLLOCK – a drag queen
YOUNG LOCO – Hugo’s younger self
THE OTHER WOMAN – a woman from Hugo’s past
JOHN – a man from Hugo’s past
LAD 1 – a local lad
LAD 2 – a local lad
LAD 3 – a local lad

In the original production, Tray Sophisticay doubled for Young Loco, Sandra Bollock doubled as John, and Laika Virgin doubled for The Other Woman.
To reduce cast numbers, one of the drag queens can also double for Jamie’s Dad if necessary.
Lads 1, 2 and 3 should be played by three boys from among the school kids.

  • Time Period Contemporary
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions


“A joyous punch in the air about following your dreams and being yourself.” – Time Out

“It’s the real deal. Everyone really should be talking, singing, shouting about Jamie now.” – The Times

“A fizzing, feeling, instant hit.” – The Observer

“Sweeps you away on a tide of mischief, warmth and exuberance.” – The Financial Times

“A dynamic, deliciously entertaining night out, a glorious tribute to what makes us human and a heart-warming appeal for acceptance. Let’s all keep talking about Jamie for as long as possible.” – WhatsOnStage


Song Samples

And You Don't Even Know It
The Wall In My Head
The Legend Of Loco Chanelle (And The Blood Red Dress)
If I Met Myself Again
Work of Art
Over The Top
Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Limited Edition Prom Night Special
It Means Beautiful
Ugly In This Ugly World
He's My Boy
My Man, Your Boy
Prom Song
Out Of The Darkness (A Place Where We Belong)

Act I

0. Don’t Even Know It Entrance – Band
1. “And You Don’t Even Know It” – Jamie, Miss Hedges and Kids
1. “And You Don’t Even Know It (Tag)” – Jamie
2. “The Wall in My Head” – Jamie
2a. Scene Change – Band
3. “Spotlight” – Pritti & Girls
3a. “Spotlight: Star of the Show (Reprise)” – Jamie & Pritti
4. “The Legend of Loco Chanelle (and the Blood Red Dress)” – Hugo, John, Young Loco, The Other Woman & Drag Queens
4a. “Loco Chanelle (Reprise)” – Hugo
5. “If I Met Myself Again” – Margaret
5a. Scene Change – Band
6. “Work of Art” – Miss Hedge, Dean, Jamie & Kids
6a. Work of Art Playoff – Band
6b. Scene Change – Band
7. “Over the Top” – Loco Chanelle (Hugo) & Drag Queens
8. End of Act One: “Out of the Darkness” – Drag Queens, Dean & Lads

Act II

9. “Everybody's Talking About Jamie” – Kids
9a. Scene Change – Band
10. “Limited Edition Prom Night Special” – Jamie, Ray & Margaret
10a. Scene Change – Band
10b. Scene Change – Band
11. “It Means Beautiful” – Pritti
11a. “It Means Beautiful” (Reprise) – Pritti
12. “Ugly in This Ugly World” – Jamie
13. “He's My Boy” – Margaret
14. “And You Don't Even Know It” (Bus Station Reprise) – Jamie
14a. Over the Top (Underscore) – Band
14b. Scene Change – Band
15. “My Man, Your Boy” – Jamie & Margaret
16. “The Prom Song” – Kids
17. “Finale” – Company
18. Encore: “Out of the Darkness (A Place Where We Belong)” – Jamie & Company
19. Exit Music – Band





Guitar/Keyboard 2 (dbl. Mandolin)

Percussion (Kit, Wind Chimes, Shaker, Congas, Vibraslap, Bongos, Suspended Cymbal, Tambourine, Woodblock, Triangle, Finger Cymbals, Foot Cabasa, Cowbell, China Cymbal)



  • Musical StylePop/Rock


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1 Saxophone
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1 Trombone
1 Guitar
1 Percussion
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1 Bass

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