Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the award-winning feel good musical sensation, is pleased to announce that TV star Hayley Tamaddon (Coronation Street) will be stepping into the role of Miss Hedge, Sejal Keshwala will join the company as Ray, and Sabrina Sandhu will be playing Pritti Pasha from 28 January 2019. They will join the previously announced Layton Williams who takes over the role of Jamie New and Shane Richie who will play Hugo/Loco Chanelle.

New cast members also include Marlon G Day (Dad), Momar Diagne, Zahra Jones (Becca), Luke Latchman (Sayid), Rachel Price (Swing), Biancha Szynal (Swing), Adam Taylor (Swing) and Ziggy Tyler Taylor (Levi).

Continuing with the show are current cast members: Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Marvyn Charles (Swing), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Melissa Jacques, Emily Kenwright (Vicki), Jordan Laviniere (Cy) Rebecca McKinnis (Margaret New), and Harriet Payne (Bex).

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. With catchy songs by lead singer- songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, and book and lyrics by writer Tom MacRae, this funny, fabulous, feel-good, musical sensation has been wowing audiences and critics alike. Sixteen: the edge of possibility. Time to make your dreams come true.

Music by Dan Gillespie Sells
Book and Lyrics by Tom MacRae From an idea by Jonathan Butterell Directed by Jonathan Butterell Design by Anna Fleischle Choreography by Kate Prince


Alex Anstey plays Laika Virgin. Theatre credits include Pageant (London Irish Centre) and Peter Pan (International tour). Alex performs around the UK as his drag alter ego Vileda Moppe and won Drag Idol in 2016.

Luke Baker is plays Dean Paxton. Theatre credits include Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre), Link Larkin in Hairspray (Cork Opera House), I Can’t Sing! (London Palladium), Bare (Greenwich Theatre), Beautiful Thing (Arts Theatre & UK Tour), Aladdin with Paul O’Grady’s Lily Savage at the O2 (Michael Rose Productions), Ultimate Broadway (Shanghai), All The Fun of the Fair (UK Tour), Peter Pan (UK Tour), Sign of the Times (Duchess Theatre) and Salad Days (Riverside Studios).

Courtney Bowman is plays Fatimah. Courtney’s theatre credits include Martha in Blondel (Union Theatre), Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Sheffield Crucible) and The Wind in the Willows (UK Tour).

Marvyn Charles plays Swing. Theatre credits include Thriller Live (Lyric Theatre and International Tours), Milkshake Live! The Magic Story Book (UK Tour), In The Night Garden Live! (UK Tour), Smurfs Live on Stage (Saudi Arabia), Dora the Explorer (International Tours), Red Show (Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi) and Robin Hood (Elgiva Theatre).
Film and television credits include Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Marlon G Day plays Dad. Theatre credits include Bouncers (Liverpool Royal Court); Patience (Bush Theatre); Meat (Albany Theatre); Harriet Tubman; Tryst With Destiny (Tara Theatre); Blood Wedding (Southwark Playhouse); A Taste of Honey; A Big Stuff (Arts Depot); Tempting Cannibal (Contact Theatre); Spark (M6 Theatre); Cooling Off; Live & Direct (Contact Theatre); Lyrikal Flavas (Contact Theatre) and My Fathers House; The Street Nobody Knows (London New Play Festival). Television credits include Coronation Street, Kiss of Death, 4 O’Clock Club, Suspicion, Doctors, Dark Matters, Breaking the Business, Ideal 2 and The Chase. Film credits include 90 Minutes, Deny Everything, Pride, Hackney’s Finest, I Against I, The Fallen, Private Life and Two Heels and a Baby.

Momar Diagne’s theatre credits include Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Savoy and Phoenix Theatres), Memphis (Shaftesbury Avenue) and Saturday Night Fever (English Theatre Frankfurt). Film credits include Mary Poppins Returns.

James Gillan plays Tray Sophisticay. Full theatre credits include Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Sheffield Crucible), The Donkey Show (Camden Proud Galleries), The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe (Rose Theatre Kingston), Little Shop of Horrors (Aberystwyth Arts Theatre), The Secret Garden (Birmingham Rep and West Yorkshire Playhouse), Peter Pan (West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Royal Festival Hall), original Boq in Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre), Assassins (Sheffield Crucible), Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria theatre and UK Tour), Taboo (UK Tour), Fame (Arena Tour of Sweden), Godspell (Chichester Festival Theatre), Anthony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare’s Globe), Pippin (The Bridewell Theatre), Tommy (Shaftesbury Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour) and James and the Giant Peach (UK Tour). Television credits include Doctors, ‘Orrible, Casualty, The Seven Industrial Wonders of the World, The Inbetweeners, The C Word, A Tale of Two Cities and Suspects.

Ryan Hughes plays Mickey. Ryan has performed in Groove on Down the Road, Into the Hoods: Remixed and The Mad Hatters Tea Party for ZooNation.

Daniel Jacob plays Sandra Bollock. Theatre credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour), Ragtime (JWC Productions), Aladdin (Blue Genie Entertainment), Bugsy Malone (Future Cinema), Angelina Ballerina the Mousical (UK Tour), Charming Dick (Royal Vauxhall Tavern), The Macbeths (Ferodo Bridges CIC), Rent Party (Darren Pritchard Dance). Daniel also originated the role of The Diva in the award winning play, Testosterone by Rhum & Clay. Screen credits include Piss Off, I Love You and Queer Britain. Daniel is also known by his Drag Queen persona, Vinegar Strokes.

Melissa Jacques’ theatre credits include Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre), Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre), MAMMA MIA! (Prince Edward Theatre), My Fair Lady (Esplanade Theatre, Singapore), Chess (Spektrum Arena, Oslo), Into the Woods (Derby Playhouse), The Full Monty (UK Tour), Spend, Spend, Spend (West Yorkshire Playhouse and UK Tour), A Slice of Saturday Night, Oliver, Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Royal, Lincoln), Little Shop of Horrors (Millfield Theatre) and Me and My Girl, Crazy for You (Aberystwyth).

Zahra Jones plays Becca. Zahra’s theatre credits include Cinderella (The Town Hall Theatre, Hartlepool) and Beauty and the Beast (Price’s Theatre, Clacton-On-Sea).

Emily Kenwright plays Vicki. Theatre credits include Flashdance (UK and International Tour), 27 Rise of a Falling Star the Musical (Cockpit Theatre), Cinderella, Aladdin (Qdos) and Cinderella (First Family Entertainment).
Sejal Keshwala plays Ray. Sejal’s theatre credits include Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre), Anita and Me (Birmingham Rep), Trident Moon (Finborough Theatre), My Fair Lady 60th Anniversary Concert (Alex Parker Productions), Destiny’s Child Re:Imagine and Fugees: The Complete Re-Score (Rogue Symphony), Bernstein’s Mass (Southbank Centre) and Company (Phoenix Arts).

Luke Latchman plays Sayid. Luke’s theatre credits include Dick Whittington (Lyric Hammersmith), Flowers for Mrs Harris (Chichester Festival Theatre), Spring Awakening (Hope Mill Theatre), Twelfth Night, A Christmas Carol (RSC) and Working (Southwark Playhouse).

Jordan Laviniere plays Levi. Theatre credits include Hairspray (UK Tour), Rent (UK Tour), Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith), The Life (The English Theatre, Frankfurt), We Will Rock You (European Tour), Thriller Live (UK and European Tour), The Lion King (Lyceum) and Whistle Down the Wind (Aldwych Theatre). Film and TV credits include Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

Rebecca McKinnis plays Margaret. Theatre credits include Cover Donna and Tania in MAMMA MIA! (Novello Theatre), Christina in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse Theatre), Tina Ruston in A Small Family Business (National Theatre Olivier), 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), Susannah Townley in Three Hours After Marriage (Union Theatre), Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew (Changeling Theatre Company), Lucy Lockett in Beggars’ Opera (Changeling Theatre Company), u/s and played Donna and Tanya in MAMMA MIA! (Prince of Wales), Virus/cover Kim and Big Sue in Taboo (UK Tour), Starting Here Starting Now (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) Anne in Half a Sixpence and Kitty in Charley’s Aunt (CMC). Other credits include: Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert (O2 Arena), Beauty and the Beast (Disney), Sound of Music Live (ITV).

Harriet Payne plays Bex. Full theatre credits include Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Sheffield Crucible), Charlotte’s Web (Gordon Craig Theatre Stevenage), Snow White (Southport Theatre and Grimsby Auditorium), Sleeping Beauty (Millfield Arts Centre London), The Little Mermaid (Dugdale Centre London), Beauty and the Beast (The Victoria Theatre Halifax), The Wizard of Oz (UK Tour) and Spring Awakening (The Bull Theatre Barnet).
Rachel Price (Swing) is making her professional stage debut in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

Melissa was one-sixth of the close vocal harmony group The Unconventionals who released their album Flower to the People.

Shane Richie plays Hugo/ Loco Chanelle. Shane is best known for his role as Alfie Moon in the BBC’s EastEnders which he first started playing in 2002 and for which he has won several industry awards and accolades including Best Actor at the Rose d’Or Television Festival. His extensive television drama credits include Oliver Twist, New Tricks, We’re Doomed: The Dad’s Army Story, What We Did on Our Holidays, The Good Samaritan, As Good As It Gets, Skins, Moving On, Minder, Redwater, Benidorm and Claude. He has also hosted television shows including Lucky Numbers, The Shane Richie Experience, Win, Lose or Draw, Don’t Forget the Lyrics!, Reflex and Win Your Wish List. Shane’s theatre credits include Grease (West End), One Flew over The Cuckoo’s Nest (UK Tour), Scrooge: The Musical (UK Tour), Lone Star and Private Wars (Kings Head Theatre). He also played the leads in Peter James’ The Perfect Murder and Not Dead Enough. Shane co-wrote and co-produced the UK tour of Boogie Nights which went on to a sell-out season at the Savoy Theatre in the West End. Film roles include Macbeth (CH4), The Reverend (Burn Hand Film), Prisoners of the Sun (Miromar Entertainment) and Flushed Away (Dreamworks Animation). In 2003 Shane wrote the No.1 autobiography and The Sunday Times best seller Rags to Richie. In the same year he released the No.1 record I’m Your Man for BBC Children In Need. In 2017 Shane’s album A Country Soul made it to No.1, securing his position as the UK’s biggest selling country artist.

Sabrina Sandhu plays Pritti Pasha. Sabrina’s theatre credits include East is East (Nottingham Playhouse/ Northern Stage), If We Were Older (National Theatre) and I Dare You (Nottingham Playhouse). Television credits include Diddy TV.

Biancha Szynal’s theatre credits include The Wizard of Oz (Blackpool Winter Gardens), Matilda (Cambridge Theatre), Ghost (English Theatre Frankfurt), AIDA, Boy Meets Boy (Jermyn Street Theatre), Classical Spectacular (Royal Albert Hall), Fantastic Mr Fox (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Billy Elliot (London Original Cast).
Hayley Tamaddon plays Miss Hedge. Hayley

Adam Taylor’s theatre credits include Shrek (UK Tour), ISHQ- A New Musical (Sadler’s Wells), Robin Hood (Mayflower Theatre), MAMMA MIA!, Blue Planet (Royal Caribbean International) and How Will I Know (Gas & Electric).

Ziggy Tyler Taylor plays Levi. Ziggy’s theatre credits include Hairspray (UK Tour).

Layton Williams plays Jamie New. Theatre credits include Kiss Me, Kate (Sheffield Crucible Theatre), Rent (UK Tour), Hairspray (UK Tour), The Car Man (UK Tour) and Billy Elliot the Musical (West End). TV and film credits include Beautiful People and Bad Education.

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