Katy Brand and Rufus Hound join Everybody’s Talking About Jamie | Comics take West End roles © Karla Gowlett

Katy Brand and Rufus Hound join Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Comics take West End roles

Rufus Hound and Katy Brand are to join the West End cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

Hound will play a middle-aged drag queen called Hugo –  a role that has previously been played by stand-up Phil Nichol – from March 16 until May 30.

He said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled to be going into the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – a brilliant, brave and British smash hit.’

Inspired by the 2011 BBC Three documentary Jamie: Drag Queen, the show is about a 16-year-old outsider who finds a way of escaping his dull life on a council estate in Sheffield through drag.

Brand will play Miss Hedge, the title character’s teacher, from March 3 to June 20.

Describing the role as ‘a truly thrilling opportunity’ the comedian said: ‘If I could tell my teenage self that I would one day have the chance to perform in a huge hit show on the West End stage, that girl would pinch herself.’

The production is currently booking at the Apollo Theatre until August 29.

A movie version is also in the works with Sharon Horgan as Miss Hedge, Richard E. Grant as Hugo and newcomer Max Harwood as Jamie.

Published: 14 Feb 2020

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