Billy Elliot announces new and continuing cast

The West End production of Billy Elliot, which last week celebrated its 10th anniversary at London's Victoria Palace Theatre, has announced new and continuing cast members for the production.

Ruthie Henshall and Deka Walmsley will continue as 'Mrs Wilkinson' and 'Dad' respectively, alongside Chris Grahamson as 'Tony', Gillian Elisa as 'Grandma', Howard Crossley as 'George' and Claudia Bradley as 'Dead Mum'.

Phil Snowdon will play 'Mr Braithwaite' and James Butcher joins the cast as 'Older Billy'. The ensemble will include Craig Armstrong, Richard Ashton, James Ballanger, David Bardsley, Paul Basleigh, Rachel Bingham, Lucinda Collins, Peter Cork, Scott Cripps, Robbie Durham, Ross Finnie, Lee Hoy, Ruri James, Ben Redfern, Charlotte Riby, Mike Scott, Sharon Sexton, Wendy Somerville, Spencer Stafford, David Stoller and Kerry Washington.

The child cast is led by Brodie Donougher, Thomas Hazelby, Ollie Jochim and Bradley Perret who alternate the title role of 'Billy Elliot'. Todd Bell, Tomi Fry and Nathan Jones play the role of Billy's best friend 'Michael'. Kyria Cooper, Connie Fisher and Demi Lee alternate the role of 'Debbie'.

The hit British musical, based on the film of the same name, originally opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre on 12 May 2005, following previews from 31 March 2005. The show is set to begin its first UK tour in February 2016, opening at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Elton John and Lee Hall's musical Billy Elliot has been seen by over 10 million people world wide. The show has been presented on Broadway, where it won the Tony Award for Best New Musical, as well as productions in Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, Toronto and Seoul.

Synopsis: 'Billy Elliot is the tale of a motherless boy whose father wants him to take up boxing. Instead, the boy discovers a love for ballet that leads him from secret lessons to a place at the Royal Ballet School.'

Billy Elliot is presented in London by Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions in association with Tiger Aspect and is based on the Universal Pictures/ Studio Canal film.

The production features scenic design by Ian MacNeil, the associate director is Julian Webber, costume design is by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch, and choreography by Peter Darling.

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