From the East End to West End: Shane Richie is back onstage as the new Hugo/Loco Chanelle in London’s Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in early 2019

07 Dec
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Press Releases

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.

Shane Richie said: “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a terrific show so I jumped at the chance to play Hugo/Loco Chanelle. It’s so different to any role I’ve played before and too good an opportunity to miss.

“I started my career in nightclubs and cabaret pubs – the kind of world Hugo inhabits – where I met some wonderful characters. So in a sense I feel like I’ve met Hugo/Loco Chanelle before. I’ve had lots of ideas about how to portray the character and sing the songs. As for my dress and heels, hang onto your handbags!”

Producer Nica Burns said: “We are all delighted that Shane is joining the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, he’s an incredibly talented performer. I know he’ll pull out all the stops and make Hugo/Loco Chanelle entirely his own. It’s going to be a lot of fun!”

Inspired by a true story, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells and book and lyrics by writer Tom MacRae, from an idea by Jonathan Butterell who also directs. The musical has won seven major theatre awards and was nominated for five Olivier Awards.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is also to be made into a major film by Sheffield-based production company Warp Films, completing the fairy-tale journey from a 16-year-old approaching a documentary maker to hit West End Show and now the big screen. Filming is expected to commence in spring 2019.