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Billy Elliot: 27 former Billys to perform in special finale

September 5, 2014 

Spectacular finale to Billy Elliot Live at the Victoria Palalce to see 27 former Billys perform together for one night only

Liam Mower to play Older Billy in Billy Elliot Live

Liam Mower to play Older Billy in Billy Elliot Live

Twenty-seven former actors who have played Billy Elliot in Billy Elliot The Musical at the Victoria Palalce Theatre will perform a special mash-up together, for one night only.

Specially choreographed, the mash-up will appear as the finale of Billy Elliot Live – the special performance of the show on 28 September 2014 that will be screened into cinemas worldwide.

All three of the original actors to play Billy Elliot – James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower – will take part in the finale alongside Liam Mower as the Older Billy.

All 27 boys are: Liam Mower (22, from Hull), James Lomas, (24, from Sheffield), George Maguire (23, from Stanford-Le-Hope), Leon Cooke (23, from Newcastle under Lyme), Matthew Koon (20, from Salford, Lancashire), Dean McCarthy (22, from Dublin), Layton Williams (20, from Manchester), Oliver Taylor (20, from Devon), Joshua Fedrick (20, from Saltash, Cornwall), Fox Jackson-Keen (19, from Hornsey, London), Tom Holland (18, from Kingston-upon-Thames), Brad Wilson (18, from Doncaster), Ollie Gardner (17, from Bath), Rhys Yeomans (16, from Oldham), Aaron Watson (16, from Kings Lynn, Norfolk), Scott McKenzie (17, from Dumbarton, Scotland), Josh Baker (16, from Rochester), Ryan Collinson (16, from Southport), Kaine Ward (15, from Hertfordshire), Harris Beattie (15, from Aberdeen), Harrison Dowzell (14, from Nottinghamshire), Redmand Rance (14, from Fareham) and Ali Rasul (13, from Hartlepool) will be joined by currently Billy Elliots – Elliott Hanna (11, from Liverpool), Bradley Perret (12, from Juan-les-Pins, France), Matteo Zecca (12, from Buckinghamshire) and Ollie Jochim (12, from Essex).

The director of Billy Elliot, Stephen Daldry, said, “We are thrilled to welcome so many of our former Billys back to the Victoria Palace Theatre for this very special performance. We’ve been delighted to see them flourish as performers since their time in the show and it will be wonderful to bring them together again for this unique event.”

“We’ve been delighted to see them flourish as performers”

The current cast of Billy Elliot includes West End legend Ruthie Henshall as Mrs Wilkinson, plus Deka Walmsley as Billy’s dad, Chris Grahamson as Tony and Ann Emery as Grandma.

The show is based on the Oscar nominated movie and has been wowing London’s theatergoers at the Victoria Palace Theatre since 2005.

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James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower at the curtain call of Billy Elliot in 2005 (photo David Scheinmann)

James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower at the curtain call of Billy Elliot in 2005 (photo David Scheinmann)

Photos: Ruthie Henshall in Billy Elliot

May 12, 2014 

Production photos of Ruthie Henshall in Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre

Ruthie Henshall in Billy Elliot

Ruthie Henshall in Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot The Musical celebrates its 9th birthday today at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London.

And to kick off the celebrations, the show is welcoming a brand new cast from tonight, 12 May 2014.

West End leading lady Ruthie Henshall is joining the cast as  Billy’s dance teacher Mrs Wilkinson, alongside a hugely talented team that includes eleven year old Matteo Zecca as Billy and ten year old Kyria Cooper as Debbie. Other new cast include Chris Grahamson who plays Billy’s brother Tony and Barnaby Meredith who returns to the production to play Older Billy.

Now been seen by over 9.5 million people worldwide and booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre to 16 May 2015, this hit show features music by Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall based on his acclaimed movie. Stephen Daldry directs with choreography by Peter Darling.

Other cast in the show include Deka Walmsley (Dad),  Ann Emery (Grandma), Howard Crossley (George), and Claudia Bradley and David Muscat in their new roles as Dead Mum and Mr. Braithwaite respectively. Ensemble members are Craig Armstrong, David Bardsley, Paul Basleigh, Spencer Cartwright, Lucinda Collins, Gillian Elisa, Lee Hoy, Ruri James, Chris Jenkins, Charlie Martin, Alan Mehdizadeh, Steve Paget, Ben Redfern, Charlotte Riby, Mark John Richardson, Mike Scott, Phil Snowden, Wendy Somerville, Spencer Stafford and David Stoller.

Photos by Alastair Muir / David Scheinmann

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RUTHIE HENSHALL in Billy Elliot The Musical

March 3, 2014 

Ruthie Henshall stars in Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre

RUTHIE HENSHALL in Billy Elliot The Musical

Olivier Award-winning actress Ruthie Henshall stars as Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot The Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

Ruthie Henshall has performed in many iconic roles in musicals both in the West End and on Broadway including Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart in Chicago, Marion Halcome in The Woman in White, the title roles in Peggy Sue Got Married and Marguerite, Fantine in Les Misérables, Nancy in Oliver, Polly Baker in Crazy For You, Jemima in Cats and Ellen in Miss Saigon as well as Amalia in She Loves Me for which she won the Best Actress in a Musical Olivier award.

She was last on stage in Thea Sharrock’s production of Blithe Spirit at the Apollo Theatre.

As a recording artist, Ruthie has featured on numerous cast recordings, compilation albums and solo albums including Pilgrim, The Ruthie Henshall Album, Love is Here to Stay and I’ve Loved These Days.

Ruthie’s TV credits include The Case, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Sound of Musicals, Law and Order, The Mysteries of 71st Street.  Henshall was a judge on ITV’s Dancing on Ice.

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BILLY ELLIOT: Ruthie Henshall to join the cast

March 3, 2014 

Olivier Award winning actress Ruthie Henshall to join the cast of Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

Much-loved West End and Broadway star Ruthie Henshall is to join the cast of multi-award winning musical Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

Taking the role of Billy’s dance teacher Mrs Wilkinson, Ruthie will star in the show from 12 May 2014.

Billy Elliot has played for nearly nine years at the Victoria Palace Theatre and has been seen by over 9.5 million people worldwide.

Directed by Stephen Daldry with choreography by Peter Darling, the show features music by Elton John, has a book and lyrics by Lee Hall.

Also joining the cast in May is Chris Grahamson as Billy’s brother Tony and Barnaby Meredith returns to play Older Billy. Ann Emery will continue to play Grandma, with Deka Walmsley will continue as Billy’s dad.

The full cast from 12 May 2014 features: Ruthie Henshall (Mrs Wilkinson), Deka Walmsley (Dad), Chris Grahamson (Tony), Ann Emery (Grandma), Howard Crossley (George) and Barnaby Meredith (Older Billy). They are joined by Claudia Bradley and David Muscat in their new roles as Dead Mum and Mr. Braithwaite respectively. Ensemble members are Craig Armstrong, David Bardsley, Paul Basleigh, Spencer Cartwright, Lucinda Collins, Gillian Elisa, Lee Hoy, Ruri James, Chris Jenkins, Charlie Martin, Alan Mehdizadeh, Steve Paget, Ben Redfern, Charlotte Riby, Mark John Richardson, Mike Scott, Phil Snowden, Wendy Somerville, Spencer Stafford and David Stoller.

The role of Billy is alternated by Elliott Hanna, Bradley Perret, Redmand Rance  and Mitchell Tobin.  Zach Atkinson, Zak Baker, and Freddie Butterfield play the role of Billy’s best friend Michael. Dayna Dixon, Demi Lee  and Millie Thornton  play Debbie.

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Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre

February 2, 2014 

Now starring Ruthie Henshall, Billy Elliot is the Olivier and Tony Award-winning musical based on one of Britain’s most successful films, and featuring songs by Elton John.

One of the most celebrated, award-winning musicals on stage today, Billy Elliot has been dazzling London’s West End since 2005, and has gone on to captivate audiences around the world.

Billy Elliot now stars multi-award winning West End star Ruthie Henshall as Mrs Wilkinson.

With unforgettable music by Elton John, sensational dance and a powerful storyline, this astonishing theatrical experience will stay with you forever.

Now seen by over 9 million people worldwide, there’s never been a better time to see Billy Elliot the Musical.

Directed by Stephen Daldry with choreography by Peter Darling, the show features music by Elton John, has a book and lyrics by Lee Hall, who wrote the original screenplay for the hit British movie.

Billy Elliot has been running at the Victoria Palace Theatre since 2005 (previews from 31 March 2005, opened on 11 May 2005).

THE STORY

Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy’s journey as he stumbles 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.

THE CAST

A hugely talented cast includes Ruthie Henshall (Mrs Wilkinson), Deka Walmsley (Dad), Chris Grahamson (Tony), Ann Emery (Grandma), Howard Crossley (George) and Barnaby Meredith (Older Billy). They are joined by Claudia Bradley and David Muscat in their new roles as Dead Mum and Mr. Braithwaite respectively. Ensemble members are Craig Armstrong, David Bardsley, Paul Basleigh, Spencer Cartwright, Lucinda Collins, Gillian Elisa, Lee Hoy, Ruri James, Chris Jenkins, Charlie Martin, Alan Mehdizadeh, Steve Paget, Ben Redfern, Charlotte Riby, Mark John Richardson, Mike Scott, Phil Snowden, Wendy Somerville, Spencer Stafford and David Stoller.

 

Billy Elliot wins Audience Award at Olivier Awards 2013

April 28, 2013 

Billy Elliot The Musical has won the Audience Award at this year’s Olivier Awards.

Tade Biesinger from Billy Elliot performs on a stage in Covent Garden for the Olivier Awards

Tade Biesinger from Billy Elliot performs on a stage in Covent Garden for the Olivier Awards

After being nominated for the last 3 years, the musical has finally won the public vote at this year’s Olivier Awards.

On a stage in Covent Garden’s piazza on Sunday 28 April, host Sheridan Smith and BBC Radio 2 presenter Elaine Paige presented the award to the show, followed by a performance by Tade Biesinger from Billy Elliot.

65,000 votes were cast by members of the theatregoing public for the Audience Award, with Matilda The Musical, The Phantom Of The Opera and Wicked in competition for the award.

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West End Live Timetable: Sunday 24 June 2012, Trafalgar Square

June 17, 2012 

Back for its 8th year,  West End Live – the spectacular celebration of West End theatre – returns to Trafalgar Square and for the first time will feature every single West End musical over the two days of the event.

WEST END LIVE TIMETABLE

Sunday 24 June 2012, Trafalgar Square

Time on Stage Show
12.00PM STOMP
12.15PM THE WIZARD OF OZ
12.25PM SHREK THE MUSICAL
12.35PM HAVANA RUMBA!
12.50PM DISNEY’S THE LION KING
13.00PM THRILLER LIVE
13.25PM ROCK OF AGES
13.35PM BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
13.40PM MATILDA THE MUSICAL
13.50PM HORRIBLE HISTORIES
14.05PM EVERYTHING’S ROSIE
14.10PM MAMMA MIA!
14.25PM LOUISE DEARMAN
14.40PM MARK EVANS
14.55PM ALEX GAUMOND
15.05PM DANIEL BOYS
15.15PM JERSEY BOYS
15.40PM ANGELINA BALLERINA THE MOUSICAL
15.55PM BIG ZUMBA DANCE
16.10PM MARK JERMIN STAGE SCHOOL
16.25PM WEST END KIDS
16.40PM THE IN-BETWEEN
16.55PM NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC THEATRE
17.10PM WEST END GOSPEL CHOIR
17.30PM CONGO FAITH HEALERS
18.00PM SHOW ENDS

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West End Live 2012 – Timetable for Saturday 23 June 2012

Photos of last year’s West End Live event

West End Live Timetable: Saturday 23 June 2012, Trafalgar Square

June 17, 2012 

Back for its 8th year,  West End Live – the spectacular celebration of West End theatre – returns to Trafalgar Square and for the first time will feature every single West End musical over the two days of the event.

WEST END LIVE TIMETABLE

Saturday 23 June 2012, Trafalgar Square

Time on Stage Show
11.00AM TOP HAT
11.10AM RAGTIME
11.20AM WICKED
11.35AM BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
11.45AM SWEENEY TODD
11.50AM SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
12.00PM THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
12.10PM LES MISERABLES
12.25PM GHOST THE MUSICAL
12.35PM CHICAGO
12.50PM WE WILL ROCK YOU
13.10PM MAMMA MIA!
13.25PM JERSEY BOYS
13.45PM ROCK OF AGES
14.05PM THRILLER LIVE
14.25PM BLOOD BROTHERS
14.35PM DREAMBOATS & PETTICOATS
14.45PM MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT
15.00PM THE IN-BETWEEN
15.10PM ANGELINA BALLERINA THE MOUSICAL
15.25PM HORRIBLE HISTORIES
15.40PM BIG ZUMBA DANCE
15.55PM EVERYTHING’S ROSIE
16.05PM SYLVIA YOUNG THEATRE SCHOOL
16.20PM NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC THEATRE
16.35PM DAN AND LAURA CURTIS
16.50PM BIG DANCE
17.05PM DRAG DIVAS
17.15PM THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET
17.30PM ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – THE CRAZE
17.45PM STOMP
18.00PM SHOW ENDS

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West End Live 2012 – Timetable for Sunday 24 June 2012

Photos of last year’s West End Live event

West End Live 2012 timetable of performances announced

June 16, 2012 

The timetable has been published for West End Live, the free annual theatre event that returns to London next weekend, on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June 2012.

West End Live 2012Back for its 8th year,  this spectacular celebration of West End shows returns to Trafalgar Square and for the first time will feature every single West End musical over the two days of the event.

West End musicals taking part in the weekend include new shows Top Hat, Ragtime, Singin’ in the Rain, Spamalot, Horrible Histories, One Man, Two Guvnors, Matilda The Musical and Sweeney Todd.

They will be joined by long-running shows including Rock of AgesGhost The MusicalThe Wizard Of OzShrek The MusicalStompMamma Mia!Disney’s The Lion KingBilly ElliotJersey BoysThriller LiveChicagoWicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Blood Brothers, Dreamboats and Petticoats, and We Will Rock You.

Stars will be out in force for the event, with performances promised by some of the West End’s top talent including Ghost’s Mark Evans, We Will Rock You’s Alex Gaumond, West End favourites Louise Dearman and Daniel Boys, and the casts of all the top shows.

There will also be performances from the West End Gospel Choir, the National Youth Music Theatre, Drag Divas and much more.

Organised by Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre, in association with MasterCard, this year’s event will run from 11am to 6pm on Saturday 23 June and 12pm to 6pm on Sunday 24 June.

 WEST END LIVE TIMETABLE

Saturday 23 June 2012, Trafalgar Square

Time on Stage Show
11.00AM TOP HAT
11.10AM RAGTIME
11.20AM WICKED
11.35AM BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
11.45AM SWEENEY TODD
11.50AM SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
12.00PM THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
12.10PM LES MISERABLES
12.25PM GHOST THE MUSICAL
12.35PM CHICAGO
12.50PM WE WILL ROCK YOU
13.10PM MAMMA MIA!
13.25PM JERSEY BOYS
13.45PM ROCK OF AGES
14.05PM THRILLER LIVE
14.25PM BLOOD BROTHERS
14.35PM DREAMBOATS & PETTICOATS
14.45PM MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT
15.00PM THE IN-BETWEEN
15.10PM ANGELINA BALLERINA THE MOUSICAL
15.25PM HORRIBLE HISTORIES
15.40PM BIG ZUMBA DANCE
15.55PM EVERYTHING’S ROSIE
16.05PM SYLVIA YOUNG THEATRE SCHOOL
16.20PM NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC THEATRE
16.35PM DAN AND LAURA CURTIS
16.50PM BIG DANCE
17.05PM DRAG DIVAS
17.15PM THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET
17.30PM ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – THE CRAZE
17.45PM STOMP
18.00PM SHOW ENDS

 

Sunday 24 June 2012, Trafalgar Square

Time on Stage Show
12.00PM STOMP
12.15PM THE WIZARD OF OZ
12.25PM SHREK THE MUSICAL
12.35PM HAVANA RUMBA!
12.50PM DISNEY’S THE LION KING
13.00PM THRILLER LIVE
13.25PM ROCK OF AGES
13.35PM BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
13.40PM MATILDA THE MUSICAL
13.50PM HORRIBLE HISTORIES
14.05PM EVERYTHING’S ROSIE
14.10PM MAMMA MIA!
14.25PM LOUISE DEARMAN
14.40PM MARK EVANS
14.55PM ALEX GAUMOND
15.05PM DANIEL BOYS
15.15PM JERSEY BOYS
15.40PM ANGELINA BALLERINA THE MOUSICAL
15.55PM BIG ZUMBA DANCE
16.10PM MARK JERMIN STAGE SCHOOL
16.25PM WEST END KIDS
16.40PM THE IN-BETWEEN
16.55PM NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC THEATRE
17.10PM WEST END GOSPEL CHOIR
17.30PM CONGO FAITH HEALERS
18.00PM SHOW ENDS

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Photos of last year’s West End Live event

Olivier Awards audience award shortlist announced

March 11, 2012 

The shortlist for the 2012 Olivier Audience Award, part of the Olivier Awards, has been announced.

Ramin Karimloo in Les Miserables, on the shortlist for a 2012 Olivier Audience Award

Ramin Karimloo in Les Miserables, on the shortlist for a 2012 Olivier Audience Award

The  West End shows Billy Elliot The Musical, Jersey Boys, Les Misérables and Wicked have been voted into the shortlist by members of the public, and were announced today on BBC Radio 2’s Elaine Paige on Sunday show.

Voting now continues to choose a winner, which will be announced at the Olivier Awards on 15 April at the Royal Opera House, in a ceremony hosted by Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton. Voting will stay open until 5pm on 11 April.

Shows that were on the Audience Award longlist but missed out in the voting include Mamma Mia!, War Horse and The Mousetrap.

Billy Elliot The Musical has been playing at the Victoria Palace theatre since 2005, with music by Elton John. Jersey Boys, a hit on Broadway, tells the story of American band Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and plays at the Prince Edward Theatre. Les Misérables, which is the world’s longest running musical having opened in 1985, and is currently playing at the Queen’s Theatre starring Ramin Karimloo. Finally, Wicked, which won the Audience Award in 2010, has been playing at the Apollo Victoria since 2006.

The full Olivier Award nominations will be announced on 15 March.

LINKS

Olivier Awards website on Westendtheatre.com

Voting for the Olivier Audience Award

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