Cast announced for EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE at the Crucible Theatre


Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres Robert Hastie today announces the cast for the world première of Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae’s new musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Jonathan Butterell directs Daniel Anthony (Levi), Mina Anwar (Leigh), Luke Baker (Dean), Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Tamsin Carroll (Miss Hedge), Charles Dale (Hugo), Raj Ghatak (Sandra Bollock), Barney Hudson (Mickey), Gabrielle Brooks (Becca), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Kush Khanna (Salah), John McCrea (Jamie), Harriet Payne (Bex), Shiv Rabheru (Callum), Lucie Shorthouse (Pritti), Kirstie Skivington (Vicki and Dance Captain), Spencer Stafford (Laika Virgin / Jamie’s Dad) and Josie Walker (Margaret). The production opens on 13 February, with previews from 8 February, and runs until 25 February.

‘Out of the darkness,
Into the spotlight,
A teenage sensation is coming.’

Jamie New is sixteen. He’s from Sheffield. And he has a secret.

He doesn’t quite fit in at school. His Dad’s left home. He’s about to sit his GCSEs. The future is terrifying.

With his brilliant mum behind him, will Jamie be brave enough to stand up for who he really wants to be?

A coming-of-age story with a twist, with catchy new songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae, this brand new musical will have everybody talking about Jamie for years to come.

Dan Gillespie Sells is best known for being the lead vocalist and principal songwriter in The Feeling. Their debut album, ‘Twelve Stops And Home’ sold over a million copies, whilst their second album, ‘Join With Us’ reached the No. 1 spot in the UK Charts. The band’s 5th album is to be released in March 2017. His theatre credits include The Bad, The Sad, And The Broken Hearted (Soho Theatre and The Steve Allen Theatre, Los Angeles), 3WITHD (London Coliseum and Stuttgart Ballet). He wrote the theme music for television series Beautiful People. Gillespie Sells won the Ivor Novello award for Song Writer of the Year in 2007.

Tom MacRae’s theatre credits include Crash Of The Elysium (Manchester International Festival). His television credits include The Librarians, Bulldog Drummond, Fungus The Bogeyman, Threesome, Overboard, The Store, Uniform, Snake Tattoo, Pulse, Escape, Money Can Buy You Love, School’s Out, Doctor Who, Bonekickers, Lewis, Mayo, No Angels As If, U Get Me, Mile High.

Mina Anwar returns to Sheffield Theatres to play Leigh – she previously appeared in King Lear. Her other theatre work includes Oats (RSC), Birth International Theatre Festival (Royal Exchange), The Infidel – The Musical (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and The Iron Man (Young Vic). Her work for television includes Damned, The A Word, In the Club, Upstart Crow, Cuffs, Marley’s Ghosts, Scott and Bailey, Moving On, Happy Valley, House of Anubis, A Passionate Woman, Scoop, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Shameless and Love Soup; and for film, The Infidel and Maybe Baby.

Tamsin Carroll plays Miss Hedge. For theatre, her work includes Strictly Ballroom, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Miss Saigon, Oliver! (West End), Barnum (Chichester Festival Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ragtime (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Magistrate (National Theatre), Dusty – The Original Pop Diva (Australian Tour) and Measure for Measure (Australia). For television, her work includes A Difficult Woman, Above the Law, All Saints, Heartbreak High and The Three Stooges; and for film, Goddess, Holy Smoke and Ms Understanding.

Charles Dale plays Hugo. For theatre, his work includes The Wars of the Roses, The Comedy of Errors, Coriolanus and The Winter’s Tale (English Shakespeare Company), Cyrano de Bergerac (Haymarket Theatre, London), Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Dealer’s Choice (West Yorkshire Playhouse). His television work includes series regular roles in Casualty, Where the Heart Is, Rocket Man, The Eustace Man, Paradise Heights, Coronation Street, At Home With the Braithwaites and The Lakes. Other television work includes Belonging, The Royal, Robin Hood, Vincent, Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire and Touching Evil.

John McCrea plays Jamie. His theatre work includes The Busker’s Opera (Park Theatre), Streets (Hackney Empire), Rent! (Cockpit Theatre), Spring Awakening (Bull Theatre), The Sound of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium). For television, his work includes Documental, The Catherine Tate Show, Kerching!, New Tricks and Bleak House; and for film God’s Own Country.

Lucie Shorthouse plays Pritti. Her theatre work includes The House of In Between (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare’s Globe), Spring Awakening (The Space, 2014 Edinburgh Festival), Jumpers for Goalposts (The Sheridan Studio) and Liola (The Avondale Theatre). For television, her work includes Line of Duty and The Sound of Music Live.

Josie Walker plays Margaret. Her theatre work for the National Theatre incudes The Plough and the Stars, Husbands and Sons, 3 Winters, Silver Tassie, War Horse (West End and NT Live). Other theatre includes Matilda The Musical (Royal Shakespeare Company and also West End), Enjoy, Side by Side by Sondheim, The Beautiful Game, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats (West End). For television, her work includes Midwinter of the Spirit, Call the Midwife, Waterloo Road, Psychoville and Blessed; and for film, Where Hands Touch, Fishbowl and Sleeping Beauty.

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE plays at Sheffield Crucible Theatre 8 – 25 February 2017