Billy Elliot the Musical has welcomed Euan Garrett, 12 years old from East Lothian, Scotland (pictured above), who will make his West End stage debut at the Victoria Palace Theatre as the 42nd boy to play the title role in the iconic British musical in London. Also joining the cast is Matthew Seadon-Young who will play Billy’s older brother Tony.
Now in its 11th year in the West End, Billy Elliot the Musical is currently booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre until 17th December 2016. In addition, the first UK and Ireland tour of Billy Elliot the Musical will begin in February 2016 at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
Euan Garrett makes his West End debut in the role of Billy Elliot. His previous performance credits include Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies at the Theatre Royal Glasgow, Lorent’s Rapunzel at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre and the Scottish Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Euan trained at the Dunbar School of Dancing and is a Scottish Ballet Junior Associate. He is a keen runner and has competed for his country in national events. He is also a student of Shotokan karate and has attained his brown and white belts (3rd kyu).
Matthew Seadon-Young’s (Tony – pictured right) most recent theatre credits include the ENO’s production of Sweeney Todd and Urinetown at the Apollo Theatre. His other theatre credits include The Architects, a Shunt event at the Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey, School For Scandal for the Theatre Royal Bath, She Stoops To Conquer for the National Theatre and Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre. Seadon-Young’s film credits include Pride and Les Misérables. He has also performed at the 2015 BBC Proms and in the Les Misérables ensemble at the 2013 Oscars Ceremony.
Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/85 miners’ strike, Billy’s journey takes him out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.
Ruthie Henshall and Deka Walmsley lead the adult cast in the West End as Mrs Wilkinson and Dad respectively in Billy Elliot the Musical. They are joined by Matthew Seadon-Young as Tony, Gillian Elisa as Grandma, Howard Crossley as George, Claudia Bradley as Dead Mum, Phil Snowden as Mr Braithwaite and James Butcher 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.
Euan Garrett (12 years old from East Lothian, Scotland) joins Brodie Donougher (12 years old from Blackpool), Thomas Hazelby (11 years old from Doncaster) and Nat Sweeney (13 years old from Birmingham) to alternate the title role of Billy Elliot. Tomi Fry (13 years old from Swindon), Nathan Jones (12 years old from Northumberland) and Bradley Mayfield (11 years old from South Yorkshire) play the role of Billy’s best friend Michael. Beatrice Bartley (11 years old from Durham), Hollie Jayne Creighton (10 years old from Sunderland) and Connie Fisher (11 years old from North Yorkshire) alternate the role of Debbie.
Billy Elliot the Musical is brought to life by the multiple award-winning creative team behind the film, including writer Lee Hall (book and lyrics), director Stephen Daldry, and choreographer, Peter Darling, joined by Elton John who composed the show’s score.
Visit billyelliotthemusical.com to buy tickets.
Images: Alastair Muir