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Layton Williams to play Jamie in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Layton Williams - Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Layton Williams – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the award-winning feel-good musical sensation, is pleased to announce that Layton Williams is to play the title role of Jamie New from 28 January 2019.

Nica Burns, Producer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie said: “We’re delighted to welcome Layton Williams as only our second Jamie as we say goodbye to the wonderful John McCrea, who created the role and leaves the cast on 26 January 2019. Layton is a supremely talented actor, singer and dancer with a long list of credits. He is equally at home on TV in series like ‘Beautiful People’ and ‘Bad Education’ as he is on stage in roles such as Angel in ‘Rent’ and Seaweed in ‘Hairspray’. I’m sure he will make the role of Jamie very much his own.”

Layton Williams is best known for playing the character Kylie in the BBC series Beautiful People and for playing the lead, alongside Jack Whitehall, in the critically acclaimed BBC comedy Bad Education, the follow-up film hit cinemas and can be seen on DVD now. He is also known as one of the boys who played the title role in Billy Elliot the Musical in London’s West End. Layton recently took his dance talent to the stage touring with Matthew Bourne’s stunning show The Car Man. Layton then performed to rave reviews as the role of Angel in the UK tour of the much-loved musical Rent. He has recently been touring the country as Seaweed in the popular musical Hairspray and is appearing in Kiss Me, Kate at Sheffield Crucible Theatre this December.

Layton Williams takes over from John McCrea who created the role of Jamie when the show first opened at Sheffield Crucible Theatre in February 2017, and who has played the role since its opening in the West End in November 2017. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will celebrate its first birthday at the Apollo Theatre in the West End on 6 November.

Further casting for January 2019 is to be announced.

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. With songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, and book and lyrics by writer Tom MacRae, this funny, fabulous, feel-good, musical sensation has been wowing audiences and critics alike. 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 Jonathan Butterell
Design by Anna Fleischle
Choreography by Kate Prince
Lighting design by Lucy Carter
Sound design by Paul Groothuis
Musical direction by Theo Jamieson
Casting by Will Burton

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie opened at the Sheffield Crucible in 2017 and is now playing at the Apollo Theatre in the West End, currently booking until 6 April 2019. As well as receiving 5-star reviews, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has won 7 major theatre awards, including the UK Theatre and What’s On Stage Awards for Best New Musical and the Attitude Culture Award 2017, and was nominated for 5 Olivier Awards.

The Sheffield Theatres Production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is produced in the West End by Nica Burns, Ian Osborne, Paula Marie Black, Teresa and Craig Beech.

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.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie was screened live from the Apollo Theatre into over 500 cinemas across the UK, Ireland and select European territories on Thursday 5 July 2018 and is being screened in cinemas across the US, Canada and Australia this November. The official West End cast recording was released digitally worldwide and on CD in the UK on Friday 27 April 2018.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is also to be made into a major film by Sheffield based production company Warp Films completing the fairy-tale journey from a 16-year-old approaching a documentary maker to hit West End Show and now the big screen. Filming is expected to commence in Spring 2019.

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