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Saturday 07 July - 7PM

John McCrea in

Everybody’s talking about Jamie

Recorded live on 5 July at The Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue.

Inspired by a true story, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the new award-winning five-star hit musical for today. Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. He 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.

John McCrea, Josie Walker, Tamsin Carroll, Lucie Shorthouse and Phil Nichol lead a twenty-four strong company and an eight-piece band that will ‘sweep you away on a tide of mischief, warmth and exuberance’ (Financial Times). With ‘songs that have the wow factor’ (The Times) by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, and ‘hilarious’ book and lyrics ‘with delightful punch’ (Whatsonstage), by writer Tom MacRae, this funny, fabulous, feel-good, musical sensation has been thrilling audiences and critics alike.

Winner of 3 WhatsOnStage Awards including Best New Musical and nominated for 5 Olivier Awards, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will be broadcast live from the Apollo Theatre in London’s Shaftesbury Avenue on 5 July and shown here at the Merlin on 7 July.

Written by DAN GILLESPIE SELLS and TOM MACRAE
From an idea by JONATHAN BUTTERELL

Director
Jonathan Butterell

Designer
Anne Fleischle

Choreographer
Kate Prince

Lighting Designer
Lucy Carter

Sound Designer
Paul Groothuis

Video Designer
Luke Halls

CAST

Jamie New
John McCrea

Margaret New
Josie Walker

Ray
Mina Anwar

Miss Hedge
Tamsin Carroll

Pritti Pasha
Lucy Shorthouse

Hugo Battersby
Phil Nichol

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Tickets: Adults £16, Concessions £10.50
Please note that senior citizens are no longer automatically eligible for concessions. See our guidelines

Certificate 12A
Running time 165 mins

★★★★★
THE TIMES, FINANCIAL TIMES, TIME OUT, THE INDEPENDENT, THE STAGE, WHATSONSTAGE, LONDON THEATRE, ATTITUDE

★★★★
THE TELEGRAPH, EVENING STANDARD, SUNDAY TIMES, OBSERVER, DAILY MAIL, DAILY EXPRESS, SUNDAY EXPRESS, MAIL ON SUNDAY, METRO, BROADWAY WORLD, THE ARTS DESK

THE TIMES
‘This fizzing musical is a blast of fresh air. The songs have the wow factor.’
‘It’s the real deal. Everyone really should be talking, singing, shouting about Jamie now’

FINANCIAL TIMES
‘Sweeps you away on a tide of mischief, warmth and exuberance’

TIME OUT
‘Staggeringly enjoyable’
‘A burst of joy’
‘Punchy, funny, fabulous’
‘A joyous punch in the air about following your dreams and being yourself’

THE INDEPENDENT/I
‘Irresistible: a joyous, life-affirming Billy Elliot’

EVENING STANDARD
‘A true big-hearted crowd-pleaser’

SUNDAY TIMES
‘This irresistible British musical’
‘I laughed. I cried. I’m still humming the songs. It’s a chuffing marvellous British musical.’

OBSERVER
‘A fizzing, feeling instant hit’
‘This instant hit. No wonder everybody’s talking about it.’

DAILY EXPRESS
‘A palpable hit.’

SUNDAY EXPRESS
‘A joyous new musical’
‘People will be talking about Jamie for a long time to come.’

METRO
‘It isn’t just Jamie everybody’s talking about, it’s this show’

WHATSONSTAGE
‘Exuberant, exhilarating, exciting, enchanting’
‘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.’

LONDON THEATRE
‘Outright hilarious’
‘This should run and run.’

ATTITUDE
‘One of the biggest and best shows of the year.’