Everybody's Talking About Jamie


Everybody's Talking About Jamie

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

Book & Lyrics by Tom MacRae
Music by Dan Gillespie Sells
From an idea by Jonathan Butterell

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

Image: 2017 West End Production (Johan Persson)

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



Jamie New is 16 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.

Licensing is not currently available in the U.K. and Eire. Professional rights are available in selected international territories. Please request a licence for more information.

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. 20th Century Studios released its film adaptation of the musical, directed by Jonathan Butterell, on 17 September, 2021.

MISS HEDGE – a teacher, thirties/forties (Range: D3-E5)
BECCA – a school pupil, black (Range: A3-E5)
VICKI – a school pupil, white (Range: A3-E5)
CY – a school pupil, Asian (Range: C#3-G#4 (opt. A4))
BEX – a school pupil, white (Range: Bb3-E5)
SAYID – a school pupil, Muslim (Range: C3-Db5)
FATIMAH – a school pupil, Iranian (Range: A3-A5)
PRITTI – a school pupil, Muslim (Range: F#3-E5)
DEAN PAXTON – a school pupil (Range: G2-F#4)
LEVI – a school pupil, black (Range: D3-G#4 (opt. A4))
MICKEY – a school pupil, white (Range: C#3-F#4)
JAMIE NEW – a school pupil, our hero (Range: D3-B4)
MARGARET NEW – Jamie’s mother (Range: D3-F5)
RAY – Margaret’s best friend (Range: C4-E5)
HUGO/LOCO CHANELLE – a faded former drag queen and his retired alter ego (Range: G#2-F4)
LAIKA VIRGIN – a drag queen (Range: G2-A#4)
TRAY SOPHISTICAY – a drag queen (Range: G2-Db5)
SANDRA BOLLOCK – a drag queen (Range: G2-A#4)
YOUNG LOCO – Hugo’s younger self
THE OTHER WOMAN – a woman from Hugo’s past
JOHN – a man from Hugo’s past 
JAMIE’S DAD  (Range: G2-F4)
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
  • Setting Parson Cross, a working class area of Sheffield. 2017.
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Additional Features Drag Performance
  • 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


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  • Everybody's Talking About Jamie

    Image: 2017 West End Production (Johan Persson)

  • Everybody's Talking About Jamie

    Image: 2017 West End Production (Johan Persson)

  • Everybody's Talking About Jamie

    Image: 2017 West End Production (Johan Persson)

  • Everybody's Talking About Jamie

    Image: 2017 West End Production (Johan Persson)

  • Everybody's Talking About Jamie

    Image: 2017 West End Production (Johan Persson)

  • Everybody's Talking About Jamie

    Image: 2017 West End Production (Johan Persson)

  • Everybody's Talking About Jamie

    Image: 2017 West End Production (Johan Persson)

  • Everybody's Talking About Jamie

    Image: 2017 West End Production (Johan Persson)

  • Everybody's Talking About Jamie

    Image: 2017 West End Production (Johan Persson)

  • Everybody's Talking About Jamie

    Image: 2017 West End Production (Johan Persson)

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Music Samples

Act I

0. Don’t Even Know It Entrance – Band
1. “And You Don’t Even Know It” – Jamie, Miss Hedges and Kids
1a. “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

  • Musical Style Pop/Rock
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra Size Medium

Licensing & Materials

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20   Vocal Book
1   Piano-Vocal (rehearsal)

1   Tenor Saxophone
1   Trumpet – dbl. Flügelhorn
1   Trombone
1   Keyboard 1-Conductor (performance)
1   Guitar/Keyboard 2 – Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboard, Mandolin
1   Percussion – Shaker, Wind Chimes, Congas, Woodblock, Indian Bells, Foot Cabasa, Vibraslap, Bongos, Sus Cymbal, Crash Cymbal, China Cymbal, Tambourine, Headed Tambourine, Mounted Tambourine, Hand Clap, Triangle, Whip, Cowbell, Finger Cymbals, Glockenspiel
1   Drums
1   Bass

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Dan Gillespie Sells

Dan Gillespie Sells is the Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter and front person of pop band The Feeling. His 20 year career has taken him (and his songs) into the worlds of dance, theatre, TV and film. He has composed, arranged, and produced for and with artists as varied a ...
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Tom MacRae

Tom is a multi-award winning screenwriter, producer, playwright, lyricist and author, and a double BAFTA nominee and Olivier Theatre Awards nominee. Working on some of the UK’s biggest TV shows (including Doctor Who for which he was nominated for a Hugo Award) he also created ...
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Jonathan Butterell

Jonathan Butterell is a director and choreographer who has worked in London, New York and around the world. Most recently he directed the movie Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, released globally on Amazon Prime in 2021. Prior to that he spent time developing and directing ...
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