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Billy Elliot - Anna-Jane Casey joins cast

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Casting news

ON MAY 13, 2013, Anna-Jane Casey (as Billy’s dance teacher Mrs Wilkinson) will join the West End cast of Billy Elliot the Musical, which is currently booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre until December 21, 2013.

Also joining the cast are Kevin Wathen (Billy’s brother Tony), Howard Crossley (George) and Alexander Loxton (Older Billy).

They join current cast members Deka Walmsley (Billy’s Dad), Kay Milbourne (Dead Mum), Simon Ray Harvey (Mr. Braithwaite) and Ann Emery who created the role of Grandma on stage when the show premiered in 2005.

Harris Beattie (14 years old from Aberdeen, Scotland), Tade Biesinger (13 years old from Utah, USA), Harrison Dowzell (12 years old from Nottinghamshire) and Redmand Rance (12 years old from Fareham, Hampshire) will continue to alternate the role of Billy.

Zach Atkinson (11 years old from Manchester), Joe Massey (13 years old from South Wirrell) and Thomas Moore (11 years old from Armthorpe, Doncaster) also continue to alternate the role of Billy’s best friend Michael and Dayna Dixon (10 years old from Newcastle upon Tyne), Macy Stasiak (11 years old from Darlington) and Millie Thornton (10 years old from Sunderland) play Debbie.

New ensemble members include Claudia Bradley, Lee Hoy, Dean Maynard, Alan Mehdizadeh, Ryan O’Gorman, Charlotte Riby and Edmund Shaw will join current ensemble Craig Armstrong, David Bardsley, Paul Basleigh, Spencer Cartwright, Lucinda Collins, Matthew Dale, Gillian Elisa, Helen French, Ruri James, David Muscat, Steve Paget, Spencer Stafford and Mike Scott.

Award-winning Anna-Jane Casey was last on stage in Spamalot at the Playhouse Theatre. Her other extensive theatre credits include Company, Piaf and the title role of Sweet Charity (Sheffield Crucible), The Comedy of Errors (Regent Park’s Open Air Theatre), the Olivier Award-winning production of Sunday in the Park with George (Menier Chocolate Factory), Mack and Mabel (Watermill Theatre) and Chicago (Cambridge Theatre).

She has also appeared in the West End productions of Cats, Children of Eden, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Out of the Blue, Starlight Express and West Side Story.

Her screen credits include The Royal, Doctors, EastEnders, Heartbeat and Holby City (TV); Beyond The Sea (film).

Kevin Wathen’s theatre work includes Quadrophenia (Plymouth Theatre), Breakfast with Johnny Wilkinson (Menier Chocolate Factory), Hair (Gate Theatre, Dublin), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Bristol Old Vic), Hamlet (Old Vic) and Skellig (Young Vic). His extensive television credits include Judge John Deed, Silent Witness, Holby City, Inspector George Gently, The Bill and Blue Murder.

Howard Crossley has worked extensively for the Royal Shakespeare Company where his many credits include Camino Real, The Virtuoso, A Woman Killed with Kindness, Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, Hamlet as well as A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Broadway. His other stage credits include Comedians, Can’t Pay Won’t Pay and Waiting for Godot all for the Young Vic. He also played the role of Pumbaa in The Lion King from 2001 – 2007.

His television credits include Prisoners Wives (as Bob), Grease Monkey’s, Casualty, Dinnerladies, Dalziel and Pascoe, Kingdom, Messiah, Where the Heart Is and A Touch of Frost.

Alexander Loxton, who trained at Elmhurst School for Dance and the Royal Ballet Upper School, has performed extensively with the Dutch National Ballet in productions including Sylvia, Sleeping Beauty, Sheherezade and Giselle. For the Royal Ballet his work includes Sleeping Beauty, Onegin, Bayadere and Swan Lake. In 2012, Loxton performed Void for BalletBoyz in New York.

Based on the Oscar nominated film, Billy Elliot the Musical is an inspirational story of one boy’s dream to realise his ambitions against the odds. Set in the North East of England against the background of the historic 1984/85 miners’ strike, Billy pursues his passion for dance in secret to avoid the disapproval of his struggling family.

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