Full adult casting has been revealed for the UK and Ireland Tour of Billy Elliot the Musical in 2016.
Annette McLaughlin, Martin Walsh and Scott Garnham will star in the first ever Billy Elliot tour, which opens at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on Wednesday 24th February 2016.
Annette McLaughlin is set to play ballet teacher Mrs Wilkinson, alongside Martin Walsh as Billy’s dad and Scott Garnham as Billy’s brother, Tony.
Further casting news announced also revealed that Andrea Miller will play the role of Billy’s grandmother. The full adult cast includes Phillip Aiden, Jonathan Alden, Leo Atkin, Tom Bainbridge, Deborah Bundy, Jack Butterworth, Luke Cinque-White, Donna Combe, Wayne Fitzsimmons, Nikki Gerrard, Abbie Louise Harris, Paul Hutton, Leon Kay, Charlie Martin, Kris Manuel, Barnaby Meredith, Daniel Page, Georgina Parkinson, Amy Rhiannon-Worth, Rachel Spurrell, Sebastian Sykes, Rafe Watts and Luke Zammit. The child cast will be announced in early 2016.
Billy Elliot the Musical will end its run at the Victoria Palace Theatre on 9th April 2016 after 4,600 performances and eleven years in the West End, as the theatre closes for refurbishment. The first UK and Ireland Tour has announced dates until May 2017, visiting Sunderland Empire (6th-30th April 2016), Bradford Alhambra (10th May-11th Jun 2016), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (14th Jun-16th Jul 2016), Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin (26th Jul-3rd Sep 2016), Edinburgh Playhouse (20th Sep-22nd Oct 2016), Bristol Hippodrome (25th Oc-26th Nov 2016), Manchester Palace Theatre (29th Nov 2016-28th Jan 2017) and Southampton Mayflower (7th Feb-4th Mar 2017) during its run, with the final tour date currently at the Birmingham Hippodrome (7th Mar-6th May 2017).
Set in a northern town against the backdrop of the 1984/85 UK miners’ strike, Billy Elliot the Musical is the inspirational story of a young boy who swaps his boxing gloves for ballet shoes when he discovers a passion for dancing.
The stage musical is adapted from the 2000 film of the same name and includes the film’s original creative team: scriptwriter Lee Hall (book and lyrics), Peter Darling (choreographer) and Stephen Daldry (director). It additionally features music by Elton John, and has scenic design by Ian MacNeil, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher, sound design by Paul Arditti, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Martin Koch. Julian Webber is associate director.
It made its world premiere at the Victoria Palace Theatre in May 2005 and was subsequently nominated in nine categories in the 2006 Laurence Olivier Awards, winning four awards, including one for ‘Best New Musical’. It has since been produced in countries all around the world, winning ten Tony Awards and ten Drama Desk Awards on Broadway and seven Helpmann Awards in Australia.
To date, Billy Elliot the Musical has been seen by over 5.2 million people in London and nearly 11 million worldwide, has grossed over $800 million worldwide and is the winner of over 80 theatre awards internationally.
Annette McLaughlin previously played Mrs Wormwood in the West End production of Matilda the Musical (Cambridge Theatre), and has also appeared in Trevor Nunn’s revival of Anything Goes at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Her other stage credits include the Open Air Theatre’s Henry IV Part I, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Camelot. She also starred in Brief Encounter on Broadway.
Martin Walsh is a stage and screen actor largely known for his TV appearances in Coronation Street, Game of Thrones, Emmerdale, Downton Abbey and many more. His stage credits include Chips With Everything (Royal National Theatre), Hobson’s Choice (Young Vic Theatre) and Perfect Pitch (Coliseum Theatre).
Scott Garnham was most recently seen in Jest End at the Waterloo East Theatre and previously appeared in the West End in the world premieres of Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre) and I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical (London Palladium). His other West End credits: include A Little Night Music (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre) and Eurobeat (Novello Theatre). His other stage credits include: title of show (Landor Theatre), Never Forget (National Tour) and Honk! (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough). He also appeared in Matt Lucas’ BBC television series Pompidou in 2014.