Photo Flash: First Look at Zach Atkinson as Michael in BILLY ELLIOT

Today, 5 March 2013, 11 year old Zach Atkinson from Manchester joins the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre to play Billy Elliot's best friend Michael. He alternates the role with current Michaels, Joe Massey and Thomas Moore. Check out the photos below!

Now in its eighth year Billy Elliot the Musical is currently booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre to 21 December 2013. Billy Elliot the Musical has now been seen by over 8 million people worldwide, and by almost 4 million in the West End.

Productions of Billy Elliot the Musical have also been staged on Broadway, as well as in Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, Toronto and Seoul, South Korea. The touring production, which began in 2010, continues to play across North America and further international productions are planned.

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.

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.

Harris Beattie (14 years old from Aberdeen, Scotland), Tade Biesinger (13 years old from Utah), Harrison Dowzell (12 years old from Nottinghamshire) and Redmand Rance (12 years old from Fareham, Hampshire) alternate the role of Billy. Zach Atkinson joins Joe Massey (13 years old from South Wirrell) and Thomas Moore (11 years old from Armthorpe, Doncaster) who alternate the role of Billy's best friend Michael and Dayna Dixon (10 years old from Newcastle upon Tyne), Macy Stasiak (10 years old from Darlington) and Millie Thornton (10 years old from Sunderland) alternate the role of Debbie.

They perform alongside Gillian Bevan (Mrs. Wilkinson), Deka Walmsley (Dad), Killian Donnelly (Tony), Ann Emery (Grandma), Sean Kearns (George), Kay Milbourne (Dead Mum), Simon Ray
Harvey (Mr. Braithwaite), Barnaby Meredith (Older Billy) and ensemble members Craig Armstrong, David Bardsley, Paul Basleigh, Dawn Buckland, James Butcher, Spencer Cartwright, Lucinda Collins, Matthew Dale, Gillian Elisa, Helen French, Sergio Giacomelli, Nic Greenshields, Ruri James, Ian Gareth Jones, Connor McAllister, David Muscat, Steve Paget, Steph Parry, Spencer Stafford and Mike Scott.

Billy Elliot the Musical is presented in London by Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions in association with Tiger Aspect and is based on the Universal Pictures/ Studio Canal film.

For more information, visit: www.billyelliotthemusical.com

Photo Credits: Alastair Muir and Manuel Harlan

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Photo Flash: First Look at Zach Atkinson as Michael in BILLY ELLIOT
Zach Atkinson

Photo Flash: First Look at Zach Atkinson as Michael in BILLY ELLIOT
Harrison Dowzell

Photo Flash: First Look at Zach Atkinson as Michael in BILLY ELLIOT
Gillian Bevan

Photo Flash: First Look at Zach Atkinson as Michael in BILLY ELLIOT
Deka Walmsley and Harris Beattie

Photo Flash: First Look at Zach Atkinson as Michael in BILLY ELLIOT
Redmand Rance

Photo Flash: First Look at Zach Atkinson as Michael in BILLY ELLIOT
Redmand Rance

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