Shane Richie is to return to the West End cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
Fresh from I’m A Celebrity, Richie will reprise his role of Hugo/Loco Chanelle from 5 January 2021 having previously played the part in 2019 and on tour earlier this year.
The show is due to reopen at the Apollo Theatre in London on 12 December after pausing performances back in March due to the pandemic.
The cast will also include Noah Thomas in the title role, joined by Melissa Jacques (Margaret New), Sejal Keshwala (Ray), Hiba Elchikhe (Pritti Pasha) and Gillian Ford (Miss Hedge). Phil Nichol will play Hugo / Loco Chanelle throughout December.
Richie said: “I can’t wait to swap my castle walking boots for a pair of high heels and return to Everybody’s Talking About Jamie as Hugo / Loco Chanelle in January.
“After 2020 we could all do with little bit of glitter in the grey and having been with Jamie both in the West End and on UK Tour it’s going to be a fabulous way to start the New Year.”
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie tells the story of 16-year-old Jamie New, who 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.
The musical features music by Dan Gillespie Sells and lyrics & book by Tom MacRae.
A film adaption is currently scheduled for release in 2021, with newcomer Max Harwood cast as Jamie New.