The award-winning feel good production will return with social distancing
Just when we thought a trip to the theatre would be a long time coming, after news Vue Cinemas closing some of its outlets three days a week due to the impact of Covid-19, but Everybody's Talking About Jamie is confirmed to return to London's West End next month.
The cast and crew of the award-winning feel good musical will return to the Apollo Theatre from 28th November - just in time to celebrate it's third birthday in the West End.
It's return is a historical one as the show will become the first full-book musical to re-open in London theatre district this Autumn.
Nica Burns, producer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie explained how social distancing and rule of six would be woven into the story. She said, “Like everyone else in the UK, year 11 at Mayfield High School is back to school and coping with COVID-19 and the challenges of personalising their facemasks within school rules…"
She also confirmed the return of the musical's pre-lockdown leading performers, with the addition ofPhil Nichol guest starring as Hugo/ Loco Chanelle.And steps have been put in place to keep everyone safe during the performances.
She explained, "To keep them safe, our brilliant cast and the backstage team will be tested for COVID every 48 hours. In a change of schedule, we will now be playing eight shows a week Wednesday to Sunday with ticket prices remaining unchanged."
The show can only go-ahead with fewer seats due to the Oliver Dowden and the DCMS Culture Recovery Fund grant, which has funded the shortfall.
Nica added, "Huge thanks to them – you should have heard the cheers from the cast when they received the news! It is wonderful to be able to welcome back our cast, backstage crew and all our fantastic freelancers who together make the production.”
Fans have already been snapping up tickets to the shows. One fan wrote, "Ticket all booked for my birthday - cannot wait!!!!" Another theatregoer put, "Ah Im so excited to go back!!!!!" and a third added, "See you on the 19th December."
As a result the capacity at theApollo Theatre has been reduced to circa 50% to comply with COVID-19 Secure guidelines with socially distanced seats plus robust risk mitigation.
Other preventative measures implemented include
- Health questionnaire to be emailed 48 hours in advance of the performance
- Contactless tickets
- Compulsory facemasks
- Hand sanitisation stations throughout the building
- Click and Collect bar App
- Deep clean and building sanitation
- Additional entrances and exits
- Supporting NHS Track and Trace
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Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.
Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.
Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.
Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'
In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.
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