Genevieve Lemon Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot from 31 May

Australian actress, Genevieve Lemon will make her West End debut starring as 'Mrs Wilkinson' in Billy Elliot : The Musical from 31 May 2010, at the Victoria Palace Theatre. (She replaces Joanna Riding)

Genevieve Lemon's extensive Australian theatre credits include, most recently, Billy Elliot the Musical at both the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, and Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne for which she won both the Sydney Theatre Award and Helpmann Award for Best Actress in a Musical as well as the Green Room Award for Female Artist in a Leading Role. Her other recent credits include Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical at the Regent Theatre. She has also starred in many productions for the Sydney Theatre Company. On film her credits include Charlotte’s Web, Holy Smoke and The Piano and on television she has been seen in The Flying Doctors and Neighbours.

Billy Elliot : The Musical opened 11 May 2005, following previews from 31 March, to terrific notices from the popular press: MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Billy Elliot succeeds brilliantly because Elton John's music and, especially, Peter Darling's choreography enhance Lee Hall's cinematic concept." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Billy Elliot strikes me as the greatest British musical I have ever seen." ALASTAIR MACAULAY for THE FINANCIAL TIMES says, "Elton John's music is too often formulaic but about half of this show achieves dramatic poetry of a kind rare in any kind of theatre."PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Funny, touching and shamelessly enjoyable staging."

Billy Elliot : The Musical has Book & Lyrics by Lee Hall & Music by Elton John. It is directed by Stephen Daldry, designed by Ian MacNeil, lighting by Rick Fisher, costumes by Nicky Gillibrand, choreography by Peter Darling, sound by Paul Arditti. Produced by Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan co-Chairmen of Working Title Films and theatre impresario Sally Greene, from Old Vic Productions along with Jon Finn.

The story of a boy from a humble Tyneside background, whose mother is dead, and whose father and brother are caught up in the bitterly fought community-splitting miner's strike of 1984. Billy's father wants his son to learn to box, like him and his father before him. But instead Billy becomes fascinated by the grace and magic of ballet. BILLY ELLIOT is about Billy's gritty and determined struggle, at first in secret, but then with the wholehearted backing of his family, to dance his way to the brightest of futures by winning a place at the Royal Ballet School.

The show is currently taking bookings until 18 December 2010.

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