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First look: Billy Elliot the Musical at Curve Theatre in rehearsals

(L-R) Billy Elliots Leo Hollingsworth, Jaden Shentall-Lee, Alfie Napolitano and Samuel Newby - Photography by Marc Brenner
(L-R) Billy Elliots Leo Hollingsworth, Jaden Shentall-Lee, Alfie Napolitano and Samuel Newby - Photography by Marc Brenner

A first look at rehearsals for Billy Elliot the Musical at Curve Theatre has been revealed!

A brand new Made at Curve production will run at the venue this summer from Wednesday 13 July to Saturday 20 August 2022

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Sharing the title role of Billy Elliot will be Leo Hollingsworth, Alfie Napolitano, Samuel Newby and Jaden Shentall-Lee.

(L-R) Alfie Napolitano as Billy and Rachel Izen as Grandma Edna - Photography by Marc Brenner
(L-R) Alfie Napolitano as Billy and Rachel Izen as Grandma Edna – Photography by Marc Brenner
Jaden Shental-Lee as Billy Elliot - Photography by Marc Brenner
Jaden Shental-Lee as Billy Elliot – Photography by Marc Brenner
Choreographer Lucy Hind with Ballet Dancers - Photography by Marc Brenner
Choreographer Lucy Hind with Ballet Dancers – Photography by Marc Brenner
(L-R) Joe Caffrey as Jackie, Minal Patel as Big Davey, Luke Baker as Tony and Cameron Johnson as Mr. Braithwaite - Photography by Marc Brenner
(L-R) Joe Caffrey as Jackie, Minal Patel as Big Davey, Luke Baker as Tony and Cameron Johnson as Mr. Braithwaite – Photography by Marc Brenner

Billy’s dance teacher Mrs. Wilkinson will be played by West End and Broadway legend Sally Ann Triplett while Michael, Billy’s best friend will be shared by Bobby Donald, Lucas Haywood, Ethan Shimwell and Prem Masani.

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

Also on the cast is Joe Caffrey, who previously performed in the West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical, now playing Billy’s Dad Jackie, while Rachel Izen will play Billy’s Grandma Edna.

Luke Baker will play Billy’s older brother Tony and Jessica Daley will play Billy’s Mum.

Jessica Daley as Billy's Mum - Photography by Marc Brenner
Jessica Daley as Billy’s Mum – Photography by Marc Brenner
(L-R) Joe Caffrey as Jackie, Samuel Newby as Billy and Luke Baker as Tony - Photography by Marc Brenner
(L-R) Joe Caffrey as Jackie, Samuel Newby as Billy and Luke Baker as Tony – Photography by Marc Brenner
Cameron Johnson as Mr. Braithwaite - Photography by Marc Brenner
Cameron Johnson as Mr. Braithwaite – Photography by Marc Brenner
Sally Ann Triplett as Mrs. Wilkinson - Photography by Marc Brenner (1)
Sally Ann Triplett as Mrs. Wilkinson – Photography by Marc Brenner (1)
Sally Ann Triplett as Mrs. Wilkinson with Isla Granville, Lienna-Jean Langdon and Isabelle Francis - Photography by Marc Brenner
Sally Ann Triplett as Mrs. Wilkinson with Isla Granville, Lienna-Jean Langdon and Isabelle Francis – Photography by Marc Brenner

Completing the adult company are 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, William Atkinson as Older Billy and ensemble, and Steph Asamoah, Tori McDougall, Anna Rossa and Louie Wood as members of the ensemble.

Meanwhile the young company of ballet dancers and boxers includes 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, Sophia Pirie, Hayden Polanco, Gopal Thacker and Mirabelle Varakantam.

Directed by Nikolai Foster, the new production is choreographed by Lucy Hind, with Musical Supervisor and Musical Director George Dyer.

RTYDS Resident Assistant Director Lilac Yosiphon - Photography by Marc Brenner
RTYDS Resident Assistant Director Lilac Yosiphon – Photography by Marc Brenner
(L-R) Birkbeck Trainee Director Thyrza Abrahams, Musical Supervisor and Musical Director George Dyer and BSL Interpreter Max Marchewicz - Photography by Marc Brenner
(L-R) Birkbeck Trainee Director Thyrza Abrahams, Musical Supervisor and Musical Director George Dyer and BSL Interpreter Max Marchewicz – Photography by Marc Brenner

The set has been 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.

Based on Stephen Daldry’s BAFTA-winning 2000 film starring Jamie Bell and Julie Walters, Billy Elliot the Musical features music from Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall.

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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