Blog / Jonathan Butterell

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Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O’Bree attending the London opening of ASPECTS OF LOVE at Southwark Playhouse. Dressed appropriately (you’ll see what we mean), Perry is wowed by the beautiful setting for Jonathan O'Boyle’s acclaimed chamber revival, the gorgeous score and the stunning performances. Plus he gets to chat with several of the cast including Jerome Pradon, Madalena Alberto, Felix Mosse, Kelly Price and Eleanor Walsh. Does love change everything? Read on and find out…

09 Jan

Following the announcement that at the end of January 2019 Layton Williams takes over the role of Jamie New & Shane Richie will play Hugo/Loco Chanelle in the West End production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at London’s Apollo Theatre, there is news today that Hayley Tamaddon is stepping into the role of Miss Hedge. Now we have a good excuse to plan a return visit!

07 Dec

It’s farewell Alfie Moon and hello drag artist Hugo/Loco for Shane Richie as he joins Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre from 28 January until 4 May 2019 alongside another new recruit, Layton Williams’ in the title role.

28 Nov

2019 marks 30 years since Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black's ASPECTS OF LOVE premiered at the West End's Prince of Wales Theatre. What do you have to look forward to when Jonathan O'Boyle's acclaimed chamber revival transfers from Manchester's Hope Mill Theatre to London's Southwark Playhouse in January to celebrate the anniversary? Watch this stunning trailer to see why critics are raving already...

26 Oct

Everybody is definitely talking about Layton Williams, best known to musical theatre fans for his roles in Rent and Hairspray, who will take over as Jamie New in the award-winning Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre from 28 January 2019. Now we are left wondering if John McCrea will be heading to Broadway with the show?

22 Oct

Southwark Playhouse could never be accused of not championing musicals including productions of new work. Next year’s season will see the transfer Aspects of Love from Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester; the one-man musical Stay Awake, Jake in its first full-length run and the world premiere of new musical The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. A trio of treats!

03 Oct

First presented at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre, Hair – The Musical then went on to enjoy a sell-out transfer to London’s The Vaults. Now a national audience is going to have the chance to see this award-winning production, kicking off with the New Wimbledon Theatre. Are you ready for the Age of ‘Aquarius’?

27 Sep

Michelle Visage seems to have liked Everybody’s Talking About Jamie so much that she fancied joining the cast! Best known to TV audiences for RuPaul’s Drag Race and Ireland’s Got Talent, now she will make her West End debut as Miss Hedge from 18 October 2018 to 26 January 2019.

14 Sep

It doesn't matter where you're from, if you're a fan of musical theatre you've heard of RENT! The gritty, important and incredibly poignant show defined a generation and changed Broadway forever. This Friday we're taking you back to 1996 when the original Broadway cast performed at the Tony Awards. This is certainly a piece of Musical Theatre for the history books...

05 Sep

As rehearsals begin for Aria Entertainment’s prestigious festival of new musical theatre, From Page To Stage, returning for a sixth successful year and featuring seven new shows, we fill you in on everything you need to know – including all the full casting details.

20 Jul

It's hard to argue that RENT isn't one of the most important pieces of Musical Theatre ever! But what about the man behind the masterpiece and what about his other work? While TICK, TICK...BOOM! has achieved moderate success, not a huge amount is known about the late Jonathan Larson's career beyond these two shows. Now, with the release of "Boho Days" this October, that's all about to change...

04 Jun

Warp Films and the creators of the musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie are are looking to cast 30 young people to star as the movie’s principal Year 11 class and will be holding an open casting call, challenging Sheffield to help them find their stars. Composer Dan Gillespie-Sells explains how below:

29 May

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’s roots are in Sheffield so it seems fitting that a production company based there – Warp Films – is helping to continue the fairytale success of the award-winning show by making a major film version.

23 Apr

Actress Shobna Gulati, best known for playing Sunita Alahan in ITV’s Coronation Street, is joining the award-winning London cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, taking on the role of Ray from 7 May 2018.

17 Apr

Jonathan Harvey’s new musical about the life of Dusty Springfield has its world premiere in June 2018 before touring – watch Katherine Kingsley transform into Dusty in a special behind-the-scenes video