Ivano Turco, John Partridge and Shobna Gulati to star in Everybody's Talking About Jamie at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre!

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 Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 January 2024, with tickets on sale now at grandtheatre.co.uk

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, Talia Palamathanan (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Tour and film) as Pritti, with John Partridge (Eastenders, The View Upstairs, La Cage Aux Folles, Chicago, A Chorus Line, CATS) as Hugo/Loco. Further casting to be announced.

Nica Burns, Producer of EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE said: “We are absolutely delighted to be announcing a cracking cast for our second national tour. A huge welcome to two new talented stars to the cast of Jamie: Ivano Turco in the title role and John Partridge as his mentors, Hugo/Loco Chanelle.  They join 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”.

John Partridge said: “I have loved this show since the first time I saw it. Never before has an LGBTQ+ musical, a story that at its heart is about diversity and inclusion, been more relevant. The fact that I get to kick off this UK tour in Manchester, the place of my birth, and bring it back to the West End is a full circle moment. Excited and honoured.”

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. 

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.

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

Music by Dan Gillespie Sells 

Book and Lyrics by Tom MacRae

From an idea by Jonathan Butterell 

Directed by Matt Ryan from original direction by Jonathan Butterell

Design by Anna Fleischle

Choreography by Kate Prince

Lighting design by Lucy Carter

Sound design by Paul Groothuis

Video Design Luke Halls

Casting by Will Burton 

Musical Supervisor Theo Jamieson

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