Back in July, it was announced that the West End production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will temporarily ‘pause’ from 26 September, and return to the West End in 2022.
Many people have been questioning why this is happening when the show seems to be doing very well and with the major film production (starring Max Harwood, Sarah Lancashire, Lauren Patel, Shobna Gulati, Ralph Ineson, Adeel Akhtar, Samuel Bottomley, with Sharon Horgan and Richard E. Grant) being released globally on Amazon Prime on 17 September 2021, ticket sales would surely increase with people wanting to see the live stage show.
Having attended the film premiere last night, I think I may have found the answer.
The motion picture is quite different from the stage show – and all of the changes made are for the better. There are some new songs to replace ones that didn’t work so well beforehand and some other slight amendments which make the whole show so much better than the current West End production (which is still very good). It’s like everything that niggled at me in the stage show has been fixed in the movie – which is fantastic.
So, my guess (and this is just my opinion) is that they are temporarily closing the show in the West End in order to re-work the show and bring it more in line with the film, and then after the movie has gained momentum around the world for a few months, reopen a brand new production of the show.
The UK Tour is still traveling around the country but will ‘pause’ on 8 January 2022 for Layton Williams and Bianca Del Rio to open the show in Los Angeles for a four-week run at the prestigious Ahmanson Theatre. The UK tour will recommence on 23 February 2022 and will continue until 1 May 2022.
A second UK tour is planned for 2023. I assume that during this break the tour version of the show will also be updated.
What do you think? Have you seen the film yet (out on Friday on Amazon Prime) and do you think my prediction is correct?