Must See Theatre: Everybody's Talking About Jamie

It's been 72 hours since I saw the show and I'm still not even slightly over it.

Based on a true story, Everybody's Talking About Jamie tells the story of a 16 year old from a Sheffield council estate who wants to become a Drag Queen. The plot isn't exactly the detailed and extensive tale of Les Mis or Phantom Of The Opera but it's still undoubtedly one of the BEST shows I've ever seen! I think I may even like it more then Billy Elliot which is a huge deal because that's been my favourite west end show for as long as I can remember.

I knew I'd enjoy it as I love anything Drag related but I never expected to love it as much as I did. I never expected to spend the entire second half in a constant state of almost crying my heart out then suddenly bursting out with laughter when one of the cast dropped an incredible one liner. Nor did I expect to fall for the ensemble as much as I fell for the main cast, or to find the bully characters performances so moving that I felt it to my core.

I genuinely cannot find a fault in this production. From vocals to casting it was sheer perfection and as I write this I'm actually getting emotional thinking about it all. I don't want to ruin too much but I have to mention that Jamie's parents performances were amazing (Jamie was also incredible but that's a given) and I have so much love for how inclusive the cast is when it comes to representation. That classroom was a true British classroom full of many different cultures, it took me back to my year 11 days. Plus it felt natural and not forced which is surprisingly hard for a lot of shows both Theatre and TV to achieve.

The Apollo Theatre is surprisingly small, I sat in the second row of the dress circle but after looking around I don't think there's a single place you wouldn't be able to see the stage from. Plus the theatre is right in the heart of Theatreland meaning there are restaurants galore for you to choose from beforehand. We chose Vapiano on Wardour Street because pasta is life.

I don't write about every show I see because let's face it some shows are not worth the write up, but this one couldn't be ignored. It's a stand out show that's worth every penny, I already want to see it again! Also it's worth mentioning that you don't have to be a drag fan to enjoy this show. Surprisingly there isn't that much actual drag included and the varied audience were proof that this show can be enjoyed by anyone.

I managed to get half price tickets via Show Film First as part of their spring promotion so definitely have a look around before you book as offers are out there. You can also find out more about the show via their website

If you've seen it already let me know what you think! and I'm always down for theatre recommendations so don't be shy about telling me about your faves :)

Until next time, J xx


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