EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE The Award-Winning West End Hit Musical To Be Broadcast Live To Cinemas By More2Screen
More2Screen has been appointed by Producer Nica Burns and Nimax Theatres to broadcast the award-winning 5-star hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie live by satellite from the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End to cinemas across the UK, Ireland and selected European territories on Thursday 5 July 2018, followed by a worldwide recorded roll-out in the autumn.
Inspired by a true story, Winner of 3 WhatsOnStage Awards including Best New Musical, 3 UK Theatre Awards including Best New Musical and nominated for 5 Olivier Awards, this funny, fabulous, feel-good, musical sensation has been thrilling audiences and critics alike since it opened at the Sheffield Crucible in 2017, before transferring to Shaftesbury Avenue’s Apollo Theatre. Fresh and contemporary with an extraordinary mother and son relationship at its centre, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie celebrates acceptance and belonging, and how good life is when everybody is the best they can be.
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, the musical is directed by Jonathan Butterell who was inspired to create Everybody’s Talking About Jamie after watching the Firecracker documentary film about the true and remarkable story of Jamie Campbell and his mother Margaret.
Christine Costello, CEO, More2Screen comments "We are very proud to be appointed by Nica Burns and Nimax Theatres to bring this fabulously successful West End production to musical theatre fans around the UK and Ireland, and then to a global audience. Although there have been an ever-increasing number of successful theatre events at the cinema, the live broadcast of a commercial West End musical production remains a rare occurrence. The enthusiastic response from our cinema partners, and rush to programme the live broadcast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, demonstrates what a hot ticket this is for cinema audiences.”
Nica Burns, Producer and CEO Nimax Theatres, comments “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is an uplifting, contemporary musical for everyone. Fantastic songs, a story that tugs at your heartstrings whilst being fun, funny and ultimately fabulous. Thank you to our audiences and the critics whose enthusiasm took us from Sheffield to the West End and continue to cheer us on every night. So come to your local cinema to join our live audiences for a great night out and to share “a little bit of glitter in the grey”. And of course - a round of applause to the wonderful More2Screen for partnering us to bring Jamie’s story to hundreds of screens nationally.”
Cinema tickets on sale from Thursday 12 April 2018 at Jamie Cinemas
Broadcast live Thursday 5 July 7.20pm | Running time 165 minutes (approx) | BBFC Cert TBC
More2Screen is a leading distributor of Event Cinema with an unparalleled reputation among its blue-chip partners for professionalism, responsiveness and the delivery of great cinema events to audiences around the world for a maximum commercial return. Founded in 2006 by CEO Christine Costello, it has been a global pioneer in the harnessing of digital technology to bring the very best in live music, performance arts and cultural entertainment to local cinema audiences. In collaboration with its stellar list of long-standing content partners, More2Screen has acted as consultants, producers and worldwide distributors in bringing more than 150 individual ‘special event’ productions to its network of more than 7,000 cinemas in 65-plus international territories. Its extensive catalogue of world-class productions from across the cultural spectrum is second to none and includes many sector ‘firsts’. The More2Screen team is proud to have been named Global Box Office Award winners in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018 (Event Cinema Association), a Screen International Awards finalist in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and winners of the inaugural Best European Distributor award in 2015.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is produced in the West End by Nica Burns, Ian Osborne, Paula Marie Black, Teresa and Craig Beach.
The musical has drawn inspiration from the story of Jamie Campbell and his mother, Margaret. It is a dramatised portrayal of a period in Jamie’s life, but is not a faithful account. Certain events and characters have been fictionalised.
Music by Dan Gillespie Sells
Book and Lyrics by Tom MacRae
From an idea by Jonathan Butterell
Directed by Jonathan Butterell
Design by Anne Fleischle
Choreography by Kate Prince
Lighting design by Lucy Carter
Sound Design by Paul Groothuis
Video Design by Luke Halls
Musical direction by Theo Jamieson
Casting by Will Burton
Jamie New John McCrea
Margaret New Josie Walker
Miss Hedge Tamsin Carroll
Pritti Pasha Lucy Shorthouse
Hugo Battersby Phil Nichol