Layton Williams, as previously announced, will step into the title role of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie beginning January 28 at the Apollo Theatre. Williams, who starred in the title role of London's Billy Elliot and is best known for his work in the BBC series Beautiful People and the BBC comedy Bad Education, will succeed John McCrea, who created the role of Jamie when the show debuted at Sheffield Crucible Theatre and who has played the part since its opening in the West End in November 2017.
EastEnders star Shane Richie was also previously announced to step into the role of Hugo/Loco Chanelle beginning January 28.
The two actors will be joined by Hayley Tamaddon (Coronation Street) as Miss Hedge, Sejal Keshwala as Ray, Sabrina Sandhu as Pritti Pasha, Marlon G Day as Dad, Momar Diagne, Zahra Jones as Becca, Luke Latchman as Sayid, Rachel Price (swing), Biancha Szynal (swing), Adam Taylor (swing), and Ziggy Tyler Taylor as Levi.
Continuing with the show are current cast members Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Marvyn Charles (Swing), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Melissa Jacques, Emily Kenwright (Vicki), Jordan Laviniere (Cy), Rebecca McKinnis (Margaret New), and Harriet Payne (Bex).
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie tells the story of a teenager who finds his confidence through the art of drag. The show premiered at Sheffield Theatres in 2017 before a transfer to London’s Apollo Theatre, where it is currently scheduled to play through May 2019.
Inspired by a BBC Three documentary about Jamie Campbell, the musical follows a 16-year-old who, still grappling with coming out as gay, embraces drag to overcome bullying and taunts about his sexuality. Supported by his loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies, and steps out into the spotlight.
The Olivier-nominated musical features music by Dan Gillespie Sells, book and lyrics by Tom MacRae, from an idea by Jonathan Butterell, and direction by Butterell.
The production also has design by Anna Fleischle, choreography by Kate Prince, lighting design by Lucy Carter, sound design by Paul Groothuis, musical direction by Theo Jamieson, and casting by Will Burton.