West End's BILLY ELLIOT Welcomes 30 New Ballet Girls to Cast
This week thirty young dancers will take to the stage at the Victoria Palace Theatre as Ballet Girls in the West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical. Earlier this month the show announced the release of over new 570,000 tickets taking booking to 16 May 2015 during which time the internationally award-winning production will celebrate 10 years in the West End. Check out the photos below!
From this week, the ballet girls will be played by Niamh Ashley, Niamh Bennett, Macy Dyason, Morgan Hartley, Lauren Henson, Lydia Kalian, Darcey Littlefield, Natasha Pye, Caitlin Rosendale and Sophie Smart; Samantha Allison, Holly-Marie Davenport , Holly Duke, Ella Forman, Summer Jones, Eliza Love, Kiara-Jaide Mandoza, Emily Miles, Georgia Prentice, Lily Sitzia; and Chorlène Biron-Monnier, Samantha Delaney, Sophie Green, Esa Halil, Taila Halil, Allanah Martin Judge, Ellie Munden, Ellis O'Neill, Charlotte Ross-Gower and Brooke Wolpert.
Aged between 10 and 16 years old and from dance schools across the South East, the girls will alternate the roles of Mrs Wilkinson's dance students in the show. Anne Jane Casey, who plays Mrs Wilkinson, said: "We are all looking forward to welcoming our new Ballet Girls to the Victoria Palace Theatre. I am particularly looking forward to keeping them on their toes at each performance as they join Billy on stage in Mrs Wilkinson's unique and especially energetic ballet lessons - I know they will give us 'the old razzle-dazzle' in their fabulous pink tutus!"
Billy Elliot the Musical is currently offering the chance for one lucky fan to win a walk-on part in the show as part of an exclusive West End experience. This incredible prize will give the winner the opportunity to join the cast on stage in a live performance at the Victoria Palace Theatre. In the lead up to the night, the lucky winner will join the cast for rehearsals, have a costume fitting and hair and make-up appointments with the production team. The winner will also receive tickets to the show for three guests and a stay at a top London hotel for four people. For full details and to enter go to billyelliotthemusical.com/walkon.
Based on the Oscar nominated film, Billy Elliot the Musical is an inspirational story of one boy's dream to realise his ambitions against the odds. Set in the North East of England against the background of the historic 1984/85 miners' strike, Billy pursues his passion for dance in secret to avoid disapproval of his struggling family.
Winner of five Olivier Awards, including the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Audience Award voted for by the theatregoing public, and recipient of over 80 awards internationally, including ten 2009 Tony Awards, Billy Elliot the Musical which hasnow played over 7000 performances globally, has been seen by over 4 million people in the West End and over 9 million worldwide, across five continents.
Productions of Billy Elliot the Musical have been staged on Broadway, as well as in Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, Toronto, Seoul, South Korea and a North American tour which recently travelled to São Paulo, Brazil. Further international productions are planned for Holland and Germany.
Internationally award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical features music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, is directed by Stephen Daldry with choreography by Peter Darling. 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.