Layton Williams and Shane Richie will lead the cast of the UK tour of Everybody's Talking About Jamie.
Inspired by a true story, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has proved a hit on the West End ever since opening in 2017.
Now its heading out on a tour across the UK from February 2020, aptly starting in Sheffield where the musical is set.
Starring in the lead roles will be Layton Williams and Shane Richie who have both appeared in the West End production.
Layton will reprise his role as titular character Jamie New with EastEnders star Shane Richie returning as Hugo / Loco Chanelle.
Joining the cast are Shobna Gulati (Rey), Amy Ellen Richardson (Margaret New), George Sampson (Dean), Lara Denning (Miss Hedge), Sharan Phull (Pritti Pasha) and Cameron Johnson (Sandra Bollock / Jamie's Dad).
Completing the cast are John Paul McCue (Laika Virgin), Rhys Taylor (Tray Sophisticay), Richard Appiah-Sarpong (Cy), Simeon Beckett (Levi), Kazmin Borrer (Vicki), Ellis Brownhill (Mickey), Jodie Knight (Fatimah), Jessica Meegan (Bex), Talia Palamathanan (Becca), Adam Taylor (Sayid), Alex Hetherington (swing), Emma Robotham-Hunt (swing), Ellie Leah (understudy) and Garry Lee (understudy).
Layton Williams said: “I’ve loved my time in the West End but am beyond excited to be playing Jamie on tour! This will be my 6th tour and I can’t wait to come back to some of my favourite venues with this beautiful show. I hope you’ll welcome me back with open arms as we share this beautiful story and spread love across the U.K! See you soon…”
Shane Richie said: “I had such a fantastic time playing Hugo/Loco Chanelle in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in the West End, so when I was offered the chance to be involved in the touring production I jumped at the opportunity to get back into those heels!
"I believe this show has such an important message for younger and older generations I’m excited to be taking it to a larger audience around the UK.”
Producer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Nica Burns commented: “Since Everybody’s Talking About Jamie opened in early 2017 at the Sheffield Crucible, written by a virgin British musical theatre writing team and performed by a large cast of mostly new faces, all our dreams for the show have come true.
"We are a hit! In November we will be starting our third year in the West End! The movie is currently shooting in Sheffield! We have won awards! Now we are going to be playing 20 cities nationwide led by two of our brilliant West End stars, the superb Layton Williams as Jamie and the wonderful Shane Richie as Hugo / Loco Chanelle.
"Fittingly, we are looking forward to opening our national tour back at its home in Sheffield on the 4th anniversary of its first performance.”
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie tells the story of Jamie New, a sixteen-year-old who 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.