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Acclaimed West End Musical 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie' Is Coming to Australia

Based on a true story, this feel-good hit will premiere at the Sydney Opera House before touring the rest of the country.
By Sarah Ward
March 08, 2020
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Acclaimed West End Musical 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie' Is Coming to Australia

Based on a true story, this feel-good hit will premiere at the Sydney Opera House before touring the rest of the country.
By Sarah Ward
March 08, 2020
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When Jamie Campbell wore a dress to his high school dance, he couldn't have known what would come next. In 2011, his story hit the small screen thanks to TV documentary JamieDrag Queen at Sixteen. In 2017, it became an acclaimed West End stage musical, nabbing five Olivier Award nominations in the process. And in 2020, the show is finally heading to Australia for a huge national tour.

Premiering at the Sydney Opera House in July before hitting up Western Sydney, Wyong, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Adelaide between September 2020–February 2021, Everybody's Talking About Jamie tells Jamie's coming-of-age tale, complete with an upbeat pop score by The Feeling's Dan Gillespie Sells. Drawn from reality but universal in its emotions and resonance, it's a story of friendship, being yourself and overcoming obstacles such as bullies and prejudice.

Here, Jamie New is a 16-year-old living in a council estate in Sheffield in Northern England. He's teased about his sexuality by his classmates, but dreams of attending prom in drag. And, despite the taunting and the small-minded attitudes around him — except from his supportive mum and his loyal friends — he's determined to make that dream a reality.

In the Australian production, Fan Girls' James Majoos will play Jamie and Helen Dallimore will play his mother, with the rest of the cast including Simon Burke, Elise McCann, Shubshri Kandiah, Christina O'Neill and Harry Targett.

The musical's Aussie run couldn't be better timed, too, with a movie adaptation of Everybody's Talking About Jamie due to hit local cinemas in early December.

EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE  2020-21 AUSTRALIAN SEASON

Sydney — Saturday, July 18–Sunday, August 30, Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Western Sydney — Friday, September 4–Sunday, September 13, Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ
Wyong — Monday, September 28–Sunday, October 4, The Art House
Melbourne — Friday, October 9–Sunday, October 25, Arts Centre Melbourne
Brisbane — Friday, November 13–Sunday, November 29, QPAC
Canberra — Friday, December 11–Sunday, December 13, Canberra Theatre Centre
Perth — Friday, January 22–Sunday, January 31, 2021, His Majesty's Theatre
Adelaide — Friday, February 5–Sunday, February 14, 2021, Her Majesty's Theatre

Check out the trailer below:

Everybody's Talking About Jamie's Australian season will premiere at the Sydney Opera House's Drama Theatre between Saturday, July 18–Sunday, August 30, before touring to Western Sydney from Friday, September 4–Sunday, September 13; Wyong from Monday, September 28–Sunday, October 4; Melbourne from Friday, October 9–Sunday, October 25; Brisbane from Friday, November 13–Sunday, November 29; Canberra from Friday, December 11–Sunday, December 13; Perth from Friday, January 22–Sunday, January 31, 2021 and Adelaide from Friday, February 5–Sunday, February 14, 2021. To join the ticket waitlist, visit the production's website — with Sydney ticket pre-sales starting at 9am on Wednesday, March 11 before general public sales open at 9am on Tuesday, March 17.

Top images: Alistair Muir / Johan Persson.

Published on March 08, 2020 by Sarah Ward

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