Billy Elliot the Musical is on its way to the Liverpool Empire
We are super excited for the arrival of one of the countries and in fact the worlds best loved musicals. Billy Elliot the Musical arrives in Liverpool and our Empire Theatre from 10th to the 27th May and today is a big day as the Liverpool cast have been revealed.
Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy’s journey takes him out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.
Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Billy Elliot the Musical has now been seen by over 11 million people across five continents and is the recipient of over 80 awards internationally, including ten Tony Awards and five Olivier Awards. In 2006, Liam Mower, James Lomas and George Maguire, the first three boys to play the title role, became the youngest performers ever to have won the Olivier Award for Best Actor with the show also picking up the Best Musical prize.
In total, worldwide, ninety five boys have now played the iconic role of Billy Elliot on stage. September 2014 saw a record breaking twenty-five former and current Billy Elliots come together on stage in a specially choreographed mash-up finale for Billy Elliot the Musical Live, a unique performance that was broadcast live around the world becoming the widest ever cinema release of a live event and hitting number one at the UK box office. In May 2015, Billy Elliot the Musical celebrated its 10th birthday at the West End’s Victoria Palace Theatre where it played its final performance on 9 April 2016 after 4,600 performances when the theatre closed for refurbishment.
Anna-Jane Casey will play ‘Mrs Wilkinson’, Martin Walsh ‘Dad’, Scott Garnham ‘Tony’ and Andrea Miller ‘Grandma’. They are joined by Adam Abbou (14 years old from Liverpool), Emile Gooding (12 years old from Reading), Haydn May (12 years old from Bath) and Lewis Smallman (13 years old from West Bromwich) who all play the title role.
Anna-Jane Casey returns to the role of ‘Mrs Wilkinson’ having successfully played the role at the Victoria Palace in the West End in 2014. Her many other West End credits include ‘Mavis’ in “Stepping Out”, ‘Anita’ in “West Side Story”, ‘Velma Kelly’ in “Chicago”,
Martin Walsh’s TV credits include “Game of Thrones”, “Downton Abbey”, “Coronation Street”.
Scott Garnham’s many West End credits include “Les Misérables” and the original casts of “I Can’t Sing” and “Made In Dagenham”. His other theatre credits include “Titanic” at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto.
Andrea Miller has appeared in numerous musicals including “Sweeney Todd”, “Into the Woods”, “Blood Brothers” and “Annie”. She most recently appeared in “Sister Act”.
Adam Abbou trained at Nazene Danielle’s Dance Dynamix and has competed in various regional and national dance championships. He has previously appeared as ‘Jerome’ in “South Pacific” and ‘Nibs’ in “Peter Pan”, both at the Liverpool Empire.
Emile Gooding has played ‘Eric’ in “Matilda” at the Cambridge Theatre in the West End and has also appeared in English National Ballet’s production of “Swan Lake” at the Royal Albert Hall.
Haydn May trained at the Dorothy Coleborn School of Dancing and is a member of Tap Attack in Swindon and the Bristol Hawks Gymnastics Club. He has appeared as ‘Chip’ in “Beauty and the Beast, ‘Munchkin’ in “The Wizard of Oz” and ‘Michael in “Peter Pan”, all at the Theatre Royal, Bath. Lewis Smallman trained at Arabesque Dance Academy and Renaissance Arts. He has appeared in the English Youth Ballet’s “Swan Lake” and as ‘Kurt’ in “The Sound of Music” at Sutton Town Hall. He is also a keen gymnast with Sandwell Flyers Gymnastic Academy.
Tuesday 9th to Saturday 27th May 2017
Tue – Sat evenings 7.30pm, Thu & Sat matinees 2.30pm
Tickets from £12
Empire Theatre Box Office ¦ 0844 871 3017 ¦ atgtickets.com/Liverpool
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