Killian Donnelly in Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre
With the Phoenix Theatre hitting the headlines regularly over the last month – ever since it was announced that “Blood Brothers” would be ending its run in November – it is the turn of the Victoria Palace Theatre to enter the spotlight today. It has been announced that a new cast member will be joining the venue’s “Billy Elliot The Musical”, portraying Tony Elliot (Billy’s brother).
Killian Donnelly will begin his part in the show from November, joining a wealth of cast members that include Deka Walmsley, Gillian Bevan and Ann Emery, among others.
The actor is set to appear in the production following many years working in the London theatre scene in a wealth of well known musicals and, as an Irish actor, in shows like “The Wireman” at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. Audiences that pick up theatre tickets will recognise him the most from shows like “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre (where he is currently playing the role of Raoul), “Les Miserables” at the Queen’s Theatre (in addition to the 25th anniversary concert at the O2 and the upcoming movie with Hugh Jackman) and “Sweeney Todd” at the Gate Theatre, Dublin.
So it is likely that audiences will respond well to the seasoned actor when he lands on the stage of the Victoria Palace Theatre, taking on the role of Tony, the brother of main character Billy. The latter is the iconic young boy that decides he is going to take an unexpected approach to life, turning his back on the family tradition of working down the mines and sports-tickets/boxing.aspx">Boxing, and taking up ballet. With the backdrop of 1980s Tyneside and the miners’ strikes that defined a decade, “Billy Elliot” is adapted from the hit movie from 2000.
The production has been running at the Victoria Palace Theatre since 2005 and has also made it to the other side of the Atlantic. Donnelly takes on the role of Tony from Monday 12th November 2012. Meanwhile, the show is currently taking bookings to Saturday 21st December 2013.