Matthew Seadon-Young in Billy Elliot The Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre
It is the turn of Billy Elliot The Musical to enter the spotlight again today as the long-running production announces new cast members. The show already boasts Ruthie Henshall amongst its star performers and the musical has been a popular fixture of the West End since it opened in 2005, but now audiences will be welcomed by some fresh faces, ensuring the show continues to attract attention in its next decade.
Matthew Seadon-Young is one of the new cast members, taking on the role of Tony Elliot and joining ongoing cast members like Henshall and Claudia Bradley.
Billy Elliot The Musical is of course the popular musical adaptation of the 2000 film that features young Billy growing up in the North East of England during the miner’s strikes of the 1980s. It is a turbulent time in that part of the country and Billy’s family hopes he will join his father working in the mines and Boxing, but he has other plans. He has set his sights on ballet and he will need the support of his family if he is going to land a place at the Royal Ballet School.
As it is a musical version of the story the show also features music from Elton John, which means audiences are treated to musical numbers like the Stars Look Down, Solidarity, Expressing Yourself, Deep Into The Ground and Electricity, amongst others.
Actor Matthew Seadon-Young has appeared in previous shows in the West End so he will be no stranger to audiences picking up theatre tickets and headed to the Victoria Palace Theatre. His credits include Urinetown The Musial at the Apollo Theatre and She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre. He has also appeared in the recent Les Misérables film, which also starred Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman amongst its cast members.
As well as Seadon-Young, the show also welcomes a new Billy in the form of Euan Garrett, one of many performers who alternate in the title role.
Billy Elliot The Musical is one of many film adaptations currently running in the capital and it continues to draw fans alongside the likes of The Lion King and the recently-opened Elf The Musical. Fans of the young ballet dancer can still witness the show at the Victoria Palace Theatre where it is currently booking to Saturday 17th December 2016.