Billy Elliot Announces New Cast, Including Return of Ann Emery
Gillian Bevan and Deka Walmsley Amongst the New Cast Members Headed to The Victoria Palace Theatre
Today some casting news has emerged from the Victoria Palace Theatre, the home of Billy Elliot the Musical in the capital, and this will see changes to the faces of Mrs Wilkinson, Dad, Tony, Grandma, George and Mr Braithwaite from 14th November 2011. The casting announcement means that Ann Emery will be returning to the role of Grandma, a role she had previously occupied.
New cast members also include Gillian Bevan, Deka Walmsley, Michael Peavoy, Sean Kearns and Simon Ray Harvey.
Ann Emery, sister of Dick Emery, has appeared in various stage and screen roles over the years with credits that include My Fair Lady” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, a previous appearance in “Billy Elliot” and “Betty Blue Eyes” at the Novello Theatre. Her other credits include “Julia Jeckyll and Harriet Hyde”, “Rentaghost” and “Wednesday”.
Gillian Bevan, portraying Mrs Wilkinson, has previously appeared in television shows like “Holby City”, “Heartbeat”, “Doctors” and “Teachers” and has also worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company in a production of “The Wizard Of Oz” in the 1980s.
Meanwhile, Deka Walmsley, portraying Dad, has appeared in various National Theatre productions alongside RSC and West End productions and television shows. His credits include “The Pitmen Painters” at The National Theatre, “Playing with Fire” at the National Theatre and “Keepers of the Flame” for the RSC. His West End credits include “Cooking with Elvis” at the Whitehall Theatre (now Trafalgar Studios 1) and for the screen he has appeared in “George Gently”, “Doctors”, “Holby City”, “Dalziel and Pascoe” and “Waking the Dead”, among others.
“Billy Elliot the Musical” takes its cues from 2000 movie “Billy Elliot”, which made a star of Jamie Bell and told the story of a young boy in the North East of England during the miner’s strikes. Unwilling to follow his fathers and brothers down the pits or taking on sports-Tickets/Boxing.aspx">Boxing as a hobby he instead turns to ballet and it is something he decides to keep secret at first whilst hoping for a place at the Royal Ballet School.
“Billy Elliot the Musical” is at the Victoria Palace Theatre and is currently booking to Saturday 15th December 2012.