He’s ready to return to the role of Hugo, aka Loco Chanelle, for the West End show Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in May.
And Shane Richie revealed on the Friday edition of This Morning that he had to go on a diet to make sure he would fit into the drag queen’s dresses for production as his weight “ creeps up ” in lockdown.
Watching the show’s reopening on May 20, the 57-year-old actor said, ‘While I was in the [I’m A Celebrity] castle, I managed to lose more than a stone in weight, and then we were due to open at the Apollo in January.
Changes: Shane Richie revealed on Friday’s This Morning that he had to go on a diet because his weight ‘creeps up’ in lockdown and he no longer fits in a size 12 dress
“But unfortunately, like everything else we went into lockdown, and now the weight is creeping up,” admitted Shane.
The EastEnders star continued: ‘But now we have the green light to come back on May 20th, I’m now starting to get back to boxing, watching what I’m eating because I really need to get back in a size 12!
“And, strangely, you just reminded me to make a call today to have the producers send me the six inch heels, because it’s been a year since I’ve been wearing stilettos.”
Drag queen: Shane returns to the role of Hugo, aka Loco Chanelle, for the West End show Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in May (pictured in the role with Jessie Wallace in 2019)
Candid: Watching the show’s reopening on May 20th, he said, ‘While I was in the castle, I managed to lose more than a stone in weight … and now the weight is creeping up’
The musical follows Jamie New, who is 16 and doesn’t quite fit, with the teen looking to become a drag queen instead of pursuing a ‘real’ career.
Uncertain about his future, Jamie knows one thing for sure: that he will be a gigging sensation.
Supported by his loving mother and his wonderful friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, defeats the bullies, and steps out of the darkness into the spotlight.
Fitness: Shane explained, “I’m starting boxing training again now, watching what I’m eating because I really need to get back to size 12!”
Amusing: Shane added: ‘I have to make a call today to have the producers send me the six inch heels because it’s been a year since I’ve been wearing stilettos’
The musical was originally performed at The Crucible in Sheffield in 2017 before moving to London’s West End later that year, where most of the original cast returned.
Nominated for five Laurence Olivier Awards in 2018, the production won Best New Musical at the WhatsOnStage Awards that year.
In December it was announced that Shane would resume his role, playing the character in 2019 and touring the UK last year before the coronavirus crisis resulted in theaters closing their doors.
Speaking of his return at the time, Shane revealed: I can’t wait to trade in my castle walking boots for a pair of high heels and return to Everybody’s Talking About Jamie as Hugo / Loco Chanelle in January.
Exciting: It was announced in December that Shane would resume his role, he played the character in 2019 and toured the UK last year
‘After 2020, we could all use a little glitter in the gray and now that we’ve been to both the West End and the UK Tour with Jamie, it’s going to be a great way to start the new year.’
While producer, Nica Burns, added: ‘We’re excited to have Shane Richie return to throw his special stardust on the role of Hugo / Loco Chanelle. What a treat! ‘
Last October, a trailer for the highly anticipated film adaptation of the musical, in which Richard E. Grant played Shane’s character, was released.
The film also stars Catastrophe co-creator and star Sharon Horgan as Jamie’s teacher Miss Hedge, while Happy Valley’s Sarah Lancashire will appear as his mother, Margaret.
All surfaced: a trailer of the highly anticipated film adaptation of the musical was released in October, starring Richard E. Grant as Shane’s character (pictured)