Everybody's Talking About Jamie Review - London Apollo

 It's been so long since I had been on a two show day, I couldn't wait to step off the train with my friend and throw myself into the world of theatre and the hustle and bustle of London Town and the West End. 

After a fab time seeing Waitress, we hopped over to see Everybody's Talking About Jamie. It's a show that I have been desperate to see since I first saw a trailer online. And with the lure of the brilliant Bianca Del Rio starring for a short time, me and my friend booked tickets as soon as we could. 

We tried to choose fairly affordable seats, opting for price over comfort. Sitting in the restricted view side seats in the dress circle. Apart from the seats being a bit snug and having to lean over ever so slightly, I cannot fault the seats for the price we paid. And I would definitely do it again if I was to take Max to see the show. 

Based on the true story of Jamie Campbell, a boy desperate to go to his school prom in a dress, faced with a barricade of negativity. This show stopping musical follows Jamie New as he stands up to the negativity, finds the glitter in the grey and learns to be his true, authentic self. The show is filled with toe tapping songs that will have you dancing in your seats and sincere moments that will leave you wishing you had brought a packet of tissues. 

We were fortunate to see a new talent grace the stage in the title role of Jamie, Noah Thomas. Still at theatre school, Noah took to this role like he was a West End veteran. Full of confidence, grace and sparkle, he was the perfect Jamie that balanced confidence and vulnerability with ease. I was blown away by the caring nature of Melissa Jacques, who played Jamie's mum. Her rendition of "He's My Boy" left me with tears in my eyes, it was honestly a beautiful performance. 

The brilliant US Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio was taking the role of veteran drag queen Loco Chanelle for a limited time. We were fortunate to catch Bianca towards the end of her run and she was definitely worth the visit. With the correct amount of sass, quick wittedness and drag motherly care, she took to the role perfectly and it honestly was a pleasure to watch. 

Everybody's Talking About Jamie is one of those musicals that is nothing short of incredible. With a perfect score, fantastic casting (especially of new and upcoming actors) and staging that is striking and brilliant. It's a show that I honestly came away being absolutely in love with. I'm just super excited that I've already booked tickets to see it again when it's on tour locally!

Whilst the age rating for the show is recommended for those age 14+,  it could be suitable for those younger. There is some swearing and some slightly mature content, but I would be happy bringing Max with me to see the show and I know that he would be just as excited to see it. 

Everybody's Talking About Jamie is on at the Apollo Theatre, London. 

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