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At 19 James understudied Phillip Schofield in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He then opened in The Who’s Tommy at the Shaftsbury theatre where he received an Olivier award nomination for best supporting performance in a musical.

Theatre includes: Tray Sophisticay in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Sheffield Crucible); Lady Puck in The Donkey Show (Camden Proud Galleries); Mr. Tumnus in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (The Rose Theatre Kingston); Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors (Aberystwyth Arts Theatre); Colin in The Secret Garden (Birmingham Rep and West Yorkshire Playhouse); Peter in Peter Pan (West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Royal Festival Hall); Original Boq in Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre); John Hinckley in Assassins (Sheffield Crucible Theatre); Rusty in Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria and 1st national tour); Marilyn in Taboo (National tour); Nick in Fame (Arena tour Of Sweden); James in Godspell (Chichester Festival Theatre); Iras in Antony and Cleopatra and Lucius in Julius Caesar (Shakespeare’s Globe); Pippin in Pippin (The Bridewell Theatre); Benjamin in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (National tour) and James in James and the Giant Peach (National tour).

Television includes: Doctors (BBC); ‘Orrible (BBC); Casualty (BBC); The Seven Industrial Wonders of the World (BBC); The Inbetweeners (Channel 4); The C Word (BBC); A Tale of Two Cities (CBS) and most recently Suspects the improvised cop drama for Channel 5.

Recordings include: Peter Pan; Easy Virtue (soundtrack) and A Tale of Two Cities (international cast recording).

James Gillan Photos


[West End]
Original London Production, 2021

[West End]
West End Transfer, 2021
Tray Sophisticay [Replacement]

[West End]
London Production, 1996
2nd Pinball Lout


Tommy (Understudy)

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SHREK THE MUSICAL Will Transfer to the Eventim Apollo in July 2024

The award-winning Broadway and West End hit show Shrek the Musical, currently thrilling audiences on tour, will transfer to the iconic Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith for six weeks only from 19 July 2024.

Review: SHREK: THE MUSICAL, New Wimbledon Theatre

The touring production of Shrek The Musical brings the fairy-tale-inspired story to life.

Photos/Video: First Look at SHREK THE MUSICAL UK Tour

All new video footage and photos have been released for the UK touring production of Shrek The Musical which opened at Theatre Royal Plymouth on Friday 21 July.

Cherece Richards and More Join the UK and Ireland Tour of SHREK THE MUSICAL; Full Cast Revealed!

The full cast line up for Shrek The Musical has been announced. Rising star Cherece Richards (Once on This Island, Regent's Park Theatre) will make her debut in a principal role as the Dragon.

Photos: All New Portraits of the Cast of SHREK THE MUSICAL UK Tour

All new photos have been released of some of the principal cast in character ahead of the upcoming Shrek The Musical UK and Ireland Tour.

Antony Lawrence, Joanne Clifton, James Gillan, and Brandon Lee Sears Will Lead UK Tour of SHREK THE MUSICAL

The principal cast has been announced for the brand-new production of Shrek the Musical, starring Anthony Lawrence (Shrek), Joanne Clifton (Princess Fiona), James Gillan (Lord Faquaad) and Brandon Lee Sears (Donkey). Opening at Theatre Royal Plymouth on 21 July 2023, the  musical will tour through to April 2024 to a total of 31 venues.  

LET ME SING... AND I'M HAPPY Comes to the Canal Cafe Theatre

New York style Musical Theatre piano bar (open mic) with Nathan Martin at the piano and a roster of West End hosts…Starting Sunday afternoons at The Canal Café Theatre. 

TV and West End Stars Unite for Ukraine Fundraiser for UNICEF

Ex Loose Women presenter Andrea McLean and Olympic gold medalist Robin Cousins MBE will be joined by X Factor winner Dalton Harris and West End stars to raise money for the UNICEF emergency fund that will go directly to their ground operations in Ukraine.  The concert will also be live streamed over stream.theatre.

Photos: EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE Celebrates Opening Night at Center Theatre Group

Go inside the North American premiere of the West End hit musical 'Everybody is Talking About Jamie.'


Cast members of the North American premiere of the West End hit musical 'Everybody is Talking About Jamie' performed on The Late Late Show With James Corden last night.


Cast members of the North American premiere of the West End hit musical 'Everybody is Talking About Jamie' will perform on The Late Late Show With James Corden tonight! 

BWW Interview: EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE Star Layton Williams Talks the Show's North American Premiere

Layton Williams has brought the titular character in Everybody's Talking About Jamie to life in the West End and the UK Tour, and will now be making his mark on stage as Jamie in the show's North American premiere! BroadwayWorld spoke with Williams about bringing the show to the US, his favorite part about playing Jamie, UK vs US audiences & more!

North American Premiere of EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE Opens January 21 At The Ahmanson

Performances of the North American premiere of the West End hit musical “Everybody is Talking About Jamie” opens on January 21, 2022, at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. Previews begin, January 16, 2022, and performances continue through February 20, 2022.

EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE Announces Full Casting for Los Angeles Premiere

Casting has been announced for the North American premiere of the West End hit musical 'Everybody is Talking About Jamie' coming to Los Angeles at the Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre January 16 through February 20, 2022.


SimG Records are releasing a compilation of composer and lyricist Andrew Fisher’s original musical theatre material on 21 May, aptly named The Andrew Fisher Songbook.

EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE Returns to The West End From 20 May

Shane will be joined by the West End cast staring Noah Thomas as Jamie New, Melissa Jacques as his Mum, Margaret, Sejal Keshwala as Ray, Hiba Elchikhe as Pritti Pasha and Gillian Ford as Miss Hedge.

New and Upcoming Releases For the Week of December 14 - THE PROM Soundtrack, Jason Robert Brown Album, CINDERELLA Track, and More!

Need something new to read, watch, or listen to? Check out this week's list of new and upcoming releases! This week's list includes the CD edition of soundtrack to the Netflix film adaptation of The Prom, new album from Jason Robert Brown, a song from Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of Cinderella, and more!

Daniel Boys Leads the Cast of the World Premiere Studio Cast Recording Of GABRIEL

'Gabriel', a new fun, upbeat, and inspiring family musical, with music and lyrics by Andrew Fisher and book by Andrew Fisher and Nick Stimson, will be released on December 14 by SimG Records.


Shane Richie, fresh from 2020's 'I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!', will return to play  Hugo / Loco Chanelle in Everybody's Talking About Jamie from 5 January 2021.

BWW Review: GABRIEL Studio Cast Recording

Just in time for festive season, SimG Records will be releasing the Studio Cast Recording of Gabriel, a new two-act Christmas musical that tells the Nativity story from ambitious angel Gabriel’s perspective.


James Gillan has not appeared on Broadway.

James Gillan has appeared on London's West End in 5 shows.

James Gillan's first West End show was Tommy which opened in 1996

James Gillan has been nominated for the Best Supporting Performance in a Musical category at the Olivier Awards for his role in Tommy.

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