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Gillian Elisa in Billy Elliot The Musical

Wednesday, 21st Jan 2015  

Performer Takes Up Role Full Time After Previously Alternating with Ann Emery

News emerged from the ongoing production of Billy Elliot The Musical – the monumentally successful musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre – as Ann Emery retires from the role of Grandma. She has been with the production since its beginning in 2005.

It means that Gillian Elisa will step up to the role full time, having alternated the role of Grandma with Emery since 2011, and continue to star alongside the likes of Ruthie Henshall and others.

Billy Elliot The Musial is based on the well known film that focuses on the eponymous boy (currently played by numerous child actors including Elliot Hanna). Living in North East England during the Thatcher years we witness his desires to take on an unexpected passion. Whilst his father and brothers work in the mines, Billy has taken up ballet dancing. It is a story of acceptance as Billy fears the response from his family, though he will ultimately need their support if he wishes to find a place at the Royal Ballet School.

The show opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre in 2005 and has become one of the most successful shows in the capital. It has also made its way to Broadway, where it has also amassed critical acclaim.

Gilliam Elisa has appeared in a wealth of shows in Wales and on national UK productions and prior to joining Billy Elliot The Musical she had also been seen in Sherlock, Gain & Stacey, Casualty and The Life And Times Of Lloyd George, among other programmes. She has also appeared in previous stage productions in Wales and beyond, with performances in the likes of Matilda, Cinderella and Jack & The Beanstalk, plus many others.

The news emerges in a new year that has also seen Kerry Ellis announced for Cats (replacing outgoing Nicole Scherzinger) and the rumour emerge that would see Bradley Cooper appear in The Elephant Man in the West End.

Billy Elliot The Musical continues at the Victoria Palace Theatre and it currently booking to Saturday 19th December 2015.

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