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Cast announced for Billy Elliot the Musical revival at Curve Leicester

2 - Sally Ann Triplett (Mrs. Wilkinson) with 'Billy' cast members (L-R) Samuel Newby, Alfie Napolitano, Jaden Shentall-Lee and Leo Hollingsworth - Photography by Marc Brenner
2 - Sally Ann Triplett (Mrs. Wilkinson) with 'Billy' cast members (L-R) Samuel Newby, Alfie Napolitano, Jaden Shentall-Lee and Leo Hollingsworth - Photography by Marc Brenner

Casting and creatives have been announced for the brand new production of Billy Elliot the Musical at the Curve Leicester.

Billy Elliot the Musical features music from Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall. The musical first premiered at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre in 2005 and went on to win a host of international awards, including four Olivier Awards and ten Tony Awards.

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The new revival will play for a limited season between 7 July and 14 August 2022.

Billy Elliot the Musical cast

The title role will be shared by Leo Hollingsworth from Nottinghamshire, Alfie Napolitano from Northamptonshire, Samuel Newby from Hertfordshire and Jaden Shentall-Lee, whose family live in Leicestershire.

The young company of Billy Elliot the Musical - Photography by Marc Brenner
The young company of Billy Elliot the Musical – Photography by Marc Brenner

Michael, Billy’s best friend will be performed by Bobby Donald, Lucas Haywood, Ethan Shimwell and Leicester’s Prem Masani.

All hailing from the East Midlands, Pearl Ball, Caitlin Cole, Lola Johnstone and Ellie Copping will share the role of Debbie, Mrs. Wilkinson’s daughter.

Leading the adult cast is Sally Ann Triplett as Billy’s dance teacher Mrs. Wilkinson and Joe Caffrey, who previously performed in the West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical, as Billy’s Dad Jackie.

Rachel Izen will play Billy’s Grandma Edna, Luke Baker will play Billy’s older brother Tony and Jessica Daley will play Billy’s Dead Mum.

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The adult company will be completed by Craig Armstrong as George, Minal Patel as Big Davey, Cameron Johnson as Mr. Braithwaite, Micky Cochrane as Scab, Robin Paley Yorke as Lesley, Christopher Wright as Mr. Wilkinson, Michael Lin as Pit Supervisor, Jonathan Dryden Taylor as Posh Dad, Tori McDougall as Clipboard Woman, Louie Wood as Glaswegian Dancer, and Steph Asamoah and Anna Rossa as community members.

Billy Elliot the Musical - Photography by Marc Brenner
Billy Elliot the Musical – Photography by Marc Brenner

The young company of ballet dancers and boxers, most of which are Midlands-based or have local family connections, will feature Willow Adamson, Maddie Seren Ashley, Oliver Back, Aneeka Kaur Bains, Ella-Rose Blackburn Price, Harvey Clarridge, Lily Corkill, Miley Dalton, Matisse Didier, Isabelle Francis, Ethan Galeotti, Rahul Gandabhai, Isla Granville, Uzziah Gray, Orlaith Rae Hunt, Ava Rose Johnson, Ava Mia Komisarczuk, Kyrelle Lammy, Lienna-Jean Langdon, Tahlia Maddox, Lorcan Murphy, Nesisa Mhindu, Hayden Polanco, Sophie Pirie, Gopal Thacker and Mirabelle Varakantam.

The Made at Curve production will be directed by the theatre’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster with choreography by Lucy Hind and Musical Supervisor and Musical Director George Dyer.

The set will be designed by Michael Taylor with costumes designed by Edd Lindley. Also joining the creative team are Lighting Designer and Curve Associate Ben Cracknell, Sound Designer Adam Fisher, Props Supervisor Lizzie Frankl, RYTDS Resident Assistant Director Lilac Yosiphon, Birkbeck Trainee Director Thyrza Abrahams, Associate Choreographer James Berkery, Dialect Coach Elspeth Morrison, Fight Director Kev McCurdy and Head Chaperone Helen ‘H’ Mclaren-Frost.

Children’s casting is managed by Jo Hawes, with adult casting led by Curve Associate Kay Magson CDG.

It’s the mid 80s. Thatcher is at her most powerful. Men mine and boys box. Until, in a small town in County Durham, a young boy falls in love with ballet.

Set amidst the increasingly bitter 1984/85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot the Musical is a tale of determination, acceptance and daring to be different. In a close-knit community where family and tradition means everything, can Billy forge a new destiny and follow his passion?

For more information and tickets, visit www.curveonline.co.uk

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