Everybody’s Talking About Bianca Del Rio Returning to the West End

The "Drag Race" winner is playing another legendary queen on the London stage.

The bitch is back—soon!

After making her London theater debut earlier this year in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Bianca Del Rio has announced that she will return to the West End show next month.

The RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 winner, who’s been on the road with her It’s Jester Joke tour, plans to stay put at London’s Apollo Theatre for 12 weeks beginning December 9.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the hit West End musical based on the 2011 BBC documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, is about a gay teen in a small English town who wants to attend his high school prom in drag. Bianca will reprise her performance as retired drag queen Hugo, a.k.a. Loco Chanelle, who now owns a boutique where he mentors young Jamie and helps him pick out his first dress. Jamie ultimately inspires Hugo to revive his own drag persona.

“I had such a blast playing Hugo/Loco Chanelle earlier this year,” said the Blame It on Bianca Del Rio author and Hurricane Bianca star in a statement. “I’m honored and beyond grateful to have the opportunity to work with such an incredibly talented cast and crew once again.”

“I play an older drag queen that’s in retirement, basically,” Bianca told NewNowNext of the role. “He had this big career, but he crashed and burned.”

“As Everybody’s Talking About Jamie starts its third fabulous year in the West End, we are delighted to welcome back the equally fabulous Roy Haylock/Bianca Del Rio as Hugo/Loco Chanelle,” says producer Nica Burns. “Roy was a huge hit with audiences when he performed the role earlier this year.”

The current cast also includes RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. fave Vinegar Strokes. Drag Race judge Michelle Visage performed in the show last year as Jamie’s teacher, Miss Hedge.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie features a score by Dan Gillespie Sells, gay lead singer of British rock band The Feeling, with a book and lyrics by Tom MacRae. Director Jonathan Butterell and choreographer Kate Prince will adapt their work for an upcoming film adaptation.

As NewNowNext previously reported, Richard E. Grant, Oscar-nominated for his performance as a gay grifter in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, will play Hugo/Loco in the movie.
 

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