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Training: Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). Theatre includes: Billy Elliot the Musical (Victoria Palace), The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse), Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), What The Butler Saw (Bolton Octagon), Buddy ‚Äď The Buddy Holly Story ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Training: Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). Theatre includes: Billy Elliot the Musical (Victoria Palace), The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse), Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), What The Butler Saw (Bolton Octagon), Buddy ‚Äď The Buddy Holly Story ... (read complete bio)
Full Casting Announced for the West End Return of TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL Photo Full Casting Announced for the West End Return of TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 28, 2021

The hit production of¬†TINA ‚Äď THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL¬†will re-open at the Aldwych Theatre on 28 July 2021 following over a year of¬†shutdown across the West End.

VIDEO: 70 West End Stars Including Paul Whittaker OBE and More Virtually Perform 'Do  Photo VIDEO: 70 West End Stars Including Paul Whittaker OBE and More Virtually Perform 'Do You Hear the People Sing?'
by Stage Tube - Apr 7, 2020

70 West End stars have come together to virtually raise their voice in song.  Watch the video below!

Aisha Jawando and Jammy Kasongo Will Lead TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL in London Photo Aisha Jawando and Jammy Kasongo Will Lead TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL in London
by Stephi Wild - Feb 28, 2020

Aisha Jawando and Jammy Kasongo will lead the cast as Tina and Ike in TINA a?" THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL as the hit production enters its third year in the West End. Joining them and making her West End debut is Chanel Haynes as the alternate Tina.

BWW Interview: Luke Thomas on NASHVILLE, LIVE! Photo BWW Interview: Luke Thomas on NASHVILLE, LIVE!
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Apr 18, 2018

BWW:UK caught up with Luke Thomas, musical director of new theatre show Nashville Live to chat about the upcoming tour.

Experience An Authentic Night At The Grand Ole Opry In Nashville, Tennessee With NASH Photo Experience An Authentic Night At The Grand Ole Opry In Nashville, Tennessee With NASHVILLE LIVE
by Stephi Wild - Apr 11, 2018

Direct from Music City, U.S.A, American country music spectacular Nashville Live is to get its UK premiere in June.

West End CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Sets Closing; Broadway Next?
by Christina Mancuso - Feb 23, 2016

The award-winning West End production of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes, continues to capture the imagination of audiences as it enters its fourth and final year at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL LIVE Leaps onto THIRTEEN's GREAT PERFORMANCES Tonight
by TV News Desk - Oct 23, 2015

Elton John and Lee Hall's adaptation of the acclaimed 2000 film, written by Hall and directed by Stephen Daldry, won multiple awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including 10 TONY AWARDS Billy Elliot THE MUSICAL LIVE, the long-running hit both on Broadway and in London's West End (where it is still playing), comes to THIRTEEN's GREAT PERFORMANCES tonight, October 23 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.)

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL LIVE to Leap onto THIRTEEN's GREAT PERFORMANCES Next Month
by TV News Desk - Sep 17, 2015

Elton John and Lee Hall's adaptation of the acclaimed 2000 film, written by Hall and directed by Stephen Daldry, won multiple awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including 10 TONY AWARDS BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL LIVE, the long-running hit both on Broadway and in London's West End (where it is still playing), comes to THIRTEEN's GREAT PERFORMANCES Friday, October 23 at 9 p.m. on PBS.

BILLY ELLIOT Welcomes New Cast Members in Roles of Michael and Debbie
by Robert Diamond - Sep 7, 2015

West End's BILLY ELLIOT Welcomes New 'Billy'
by Tyler Peterson - Jul 3, 2015

Nat Sweeney, 12 years old from Birmingham, will make his West End stage debut this evening (3 July 2015) when he becomes the forty-first boy to play the title role in the iconic British musical Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Now in its eleventh year in the West End, the show recently extended booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre until 17 December 2016. In addition, the first UK and Ireland tour of Billy Elliot the Musical begins in February 2016 with tickets now on sale for performances at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Ruthie Henshall & Deka Walmsley Continue In West End's BILLY ELLIOT; Cast Updates Announced!
by Tyler Peterson - May 18, 2015

Ruthie Henshall and Deka Walmsley today confirm they are to continue as Mrs Wilkinson and Dad respectively in the West End cast for Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre.  Also continuing in their role are Chris Grahamson as Tony, Gillian Elisa as Grandma, Howard Crossley as George and Claudia Bradley Dead Mum.   Phil Snowdon, in his new role, will play Mr Braithwaite and James Butcher joins the cast as Older Billy.  Ensemble members are 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.

Photo Flash: West End's BILLY ELLIOT Celebrates Tenth Anniversary
by Matt Smith - May 13, 2015

West End's BILLY ELLIOT to Celebrate Tenth Anniversary Tonight, May 12
by Matt Smith - May 12, 2015

Tonight, 12 May 2015, the multi award-winning smash hit Billy Elliot the Musical celebrates ten years in the West End.  The musical received its world premiere at the Victoria Palace Theatre in March 2005 with the gala opening night taking place exactly 10 years ago today.   To coincide with the 10th birthday celebrations, Billy Elliot the Musical today announces an extension to the West End run, releasing over 600,000 tickets for sale, taking booking through to 17 December 2016.  In addition, the first UK and Ireland tour of Billy Elliot the Musical is also announced today, opening at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in February 2016.  Further tour dates and booking details will be announced shortly.

Photo Flash: First Look at Thomas Hazelby and More in West End's BILLY ELLIOT
by Matt Smith - Mar 11, 2015

Thomas Hazelby, 10 years old from Doncaster, today (11 March 2015) joins the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical to play the title role. He becomes the fortieth boy to play the role in London, where in May the internationally award-winning musical celebrates its tenth anniversary. Also joining the cast today to play Billy's best friend Michael is 11 years old Nathan Jones from Prudhoe, Northumberland. Take a first look at the two (and more) in photos from the show below!

STAGE TUBE: Meet 10-Year-Old Thomas Hazelby, UK's Newest 'Billy Elliot'
by Stage Tube - Mar 11, 2015

Thomas Hazelby, 10 years old from Doncaster, today (11 March 2015) joins the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical to play the title role. He becomes the fortieth boy to play the role in London, where in May the internationally award-winning musical celebrates its tenth anniversary. Also joining the cast today to play Billy's best friend Michael is 11 years old Nathan Jones from Prudhoe, Northumberland. Check out the video below!

Gillian Elisa to Succeed Ann Emery in West End's BILLY ELLIOT
by Tyler Peterson - Jan 7, 2015

Gillian Elisa has been confirmed to play Grandma in the internationally award-winning West End hit Billy Elliot the Musical, having previously alternated in the role. Gillian takes over from Ann Emery who originated the character in 2005 and who recently retired from the role at the age of 84, having worked with all 39 London Billy Elliots.

Photo Flash: First Look at Brodie Donougher in UK's BILLY ELLIOT
by Matt Smith - Nov 19, 2014

Today, 19 November 2014, eleven year-old Brodie Donougher from Blackpool, gives his first performance in the title role of the internationally award winning Billy Elliot the Musical. Brodie joins a cast lead by Ruthie Henshall who plays Mrs Wilkinson, Billy's dance teacher and Deka Walmsley who plays Billy's dad, and becomes the thirty-ninth boy to perform the iconic role at the Victoria Palace Theatre and the seventy-sixth boy to perform the role worldwide, including Jamie Bell who played Billy Elliot in the award-winning film. Also joining the cast today will be 10 year old Connie Fisher from Northallerton, North Yorkshire, who will play Mrs Wilkinson's daughter Debbie. In addition 19 girls from London and surrounding counties aged 9 - 14 join the cast as Ballet Girls. Billy Elliot the Musical is currently booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre to 19 December 2015.

Photo Coverage: New Billy and Debbie Join BILLY ELLIOT!
by Carrie Dunn - Nov 19, 2014

Today, 19 November 2014, eleven year-old Brodie Donougher from Blackpool, gives his first performance in the title role of the internationally award winning Billy Elliot the Musical

Billy's Coming Back! Fathom Will Screen West End's BILLY ELLIOT in US Theatres This November
by Nicole Rosky - Oct 16, 2014

Fathom Events brings top theater from London's iconic West End to the big screen with 'Billy Elliot the Musical Live' which will be screened in select U.S. cinemas for three showings only: November 12 at 7 p.m., November 15 at 12:55 p.m. and November 18 at 7 p.m., all local times. This unique performance was previously captured live when it was broadcast to eight countries from the show's West End home at the Victoria Palace Theatre, hitting number one at the UK box office. It has been dazzling audiences in London since it opened in 2005, and has gone on to captivate audiences across five continents, winning more than 80 theater awards globally including 10 Tony Awards¬ģ.

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL Live Broadcast Tops UK Box Office; Encore Screenings Set
by Tyler Peterson - Sep 29, 2014

This weekend saw a record breaking twenty-five former and current Billy Elliots come together on stage in a specially choreographed mash-up finale of Billy Elliot the Musical. This unique performance was broadcast live to eight countries from the show's West End home at the Victoria Palace Theatre. All three original Billy Elliots - James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower - took part in a spectacular finale as the broadcast, the widest ever cinema release of a live event, hit number one at the UK box office.

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