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Everybody's Talking About Jamie extends in the West End as plans for a major film are announced

John McCrea (Jamie New) in Everybody's Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre. Photo by Johan Persson.

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SHEFFIELD Theatres’ production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has extended its run at the West End’s Apollo Theatre until April 6, 2019.

Plans to make a major film of this award-winning feel-good new musical by Sheffield based production company Warp Films have also been announced.

Warp Films (This Is England, Ghost Stories, The Last Panthers), known for their distinctive multi-
award winning film and television, will be revealing further details about the film tomorrow (Wednesday, May 30, 2018) at a live launch event at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

The film, directed by Jonathan Butterell, written by Tom MacRae and with music by Dan Gillespie Sells, will be inspired by the musical and is being developed in conjunction with Film4. Filming is expected to commence in Spring 2019.

Jonathan Butterell, Director of the stage production and film said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled that Warp are producing the film of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. We were inspired by Jamie Campbell to tell this open hearted story of a boy looking to take his place in the world without shame or prejudice supported by the unflinching love of his Mum. Warp Films like Sheffield, the city in which they were founded, reflect the diverse and vibrant city that we chose to set our story in. For me it’s a coming home.”

Nica Burns, Producer of the West End production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie said: “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has captured the hearts of the public and critics in record time. Thanks to them, we will soon be celebrating our second year in the West End and you can now book your tickets as far ahead as April 2019. We are so excited to be announcing the film: Warp Films, with their fantastic track record for telling compelling stories of Britain today, are the perfect filmmakers for this contemporary true story.”

Jamie Campbell, the boy who inspired the story, said: “All I originally wanted was to go to my school prom in a dress. Then Firecracker made the documentary. My story then inspired a West End musical. Now it’s a film! It’s incredible. Even I couldn’t have dreamed it.”

Mark Herbert, Joint CEO and Producer, Warp Films said: “Back in February 2017 I became aware of the show because literally everyone I knew was talking about Jamie. From work colleagues to friends, the reception was incredible. Everyone at Warp Films went to see the show in Sheffield and instantly fell in love with it. Two weeks later Jonathan, the director, and Dan, the composer, were sat in our Sheffield offices talking about how we could adapt the show into a film. It ticks every box for a Warp Film; a great central character; diversity at its core; and a massive amount of heart. We can’t wait to start.”

The cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre. Photo by Alastair Muir.

Robert Hastie, Sheffield Theatres Artistic Director said: “The response to Everybody’s Talking About Jamie when it originated here at the Crucible was absolutely overwhelming. This show perfectly captures what it means to be a young person growing up in this vibrant diverse city. Its authenticity and sheer feel-good energy has secured a dedicated fan base in Sheffield, which has now expanded further still, thanks to its successful transfer to London’s West End.

“We’re so proud of all that the show has achieved so far and of how it represents our city. It’s fantastic that Warp Films are beginning the next chapter of Jamie’s story, back here in Sheffield. This project is a testament to the creative industry in the city, and the passion of its residents.”

The official West End cast recording of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie was released digitally worldwide and on CD in the UK on April 27 and reached #28 in the UK album charts, and #12 in the iTunes charts.

NB: On Thursday, July 5, 2018, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will be screened live from the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End to over 510 cinemas across the UK and Ireland by More2Screen followed by a worldwide roll-out in the autumn.

Image (top): John McCrea (Jamie New) in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre. Photo by Johan Persson.

Image (bottom): The cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre. Photo by Alastair Muir.

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