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Cast changes announced for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Rebecca McKinnis

Casting news

FROM JULY 16, 2018, Rebecca McKinnis and Lee Ross will play Margaret New and Hugo/Loco respectively in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which is currently booking at the Apollo Theatre until April 6, 2019.

Continuing with the show are current cast members: John McCrea (as Jamie), Shobna Gulati (Ray), Tamsin Carroll (Miss Hedge), Lucie Shorthouse (Pritti Pasha), Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Luke Bayer, Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Marvyn Charles, Ken Christiansen (Jamie’s Dad), Jordan Cunningham (Sayid), Daniel Davids (Levi), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Cherelle Jay, Harriet Payne (Bex), Chloe Pole, Shiv Rabheru (Cy), Lauran Rae (Becca) and Kirstie Skivington (Vicki).

Nica Burns, Producer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, said “It’s a big milestone saying goodbye to two of our terrific leading actors, Josie Walker and Phil Nichol. Josie has played Margaret New superbly from the very first workshop four years ago and Phil has brought his wonderful comic touch to the role of Hugo/Loco at the Apollo. I am delighted to reveal that Rebecca McKinnis – who has deputised brilliantly for Josie on a number of occasions, now makes Margaret New all her own. A big welcome to the talented Lee Ross who is putting on his heels to play the role of Hugo/Loco.”

Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie 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. This fabulous, funny, feel good brand new musical sensation has hit London with catchy new songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, and writer Tom MacRae.

As well as playing understudy Margaret in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Rebecca McKinnis’ numerous theatre credits include Cover Donna and Tania in Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre) plus u/s and played Donna and Tanya in Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre), Christina in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse Theatre), Tina Ruston in A Small Family Business (National Theatre), u/s and played Lauren in Viva Forever! (Piccadilly Theatre), Les Misérables (25th Anniversary Tour), Teacher/u/s and played Killer Queen in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), u/s Jeanie in Fat Pig (Trafalgar Studios), and Susannah Townley in Three Hours After Marriage (Union Theatre).

Lee Ross’ work on stage has mainly been for the Royal Court where he originated leading roles for Joe Penhall, David Eldridge, Kevin Hood and Simon Stephens. He earned an Olivier Award nomination for his performance of Jack Firebrace in Birdsong (West End) and his most recent stage performance was the solo show 36 Phone Calls, directed by Jo McInnes (Hampstead Theatre). Other recent theatre credits include Our County’s Good, directed by Nadia Fall (National Theatre), In Basildon, directed by Dominic Cooke (Royal Court) and Whipping It Up, directed by Tamara Harvey (Bush Theatre and West End).

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