Liam Mower returns to Billy Elliot for live broadcast
ON SUNDAY, September 28, 2014, Liam Mower will join the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical for a special performance to be broadcast live from the Victoria Palace Theatre to cinemas across the UK and around the world.
Mower, who will play the role of Older Billy, originated the role of Billy Elliot in 2005 along with George Maguire and James Lomas, and was the first boy ever to play the role on stage.
Stephen Daldry (Director) said: “All of us at Billy Elliot are really looking forward to what we hope will be a very special performance when we broadcast our show live around the world. We are planning some surprises on the night and we are delighted to announce today that Liam Mower is returning to the production for this fantastic event to play Older Billy.
“The show’s journey has been a remarkable one and the live broadcast in September will mark yet another chapter in the extraordinary life of Billy Elliot, the young boy with an inspirational story from the mining village of Easington.”
Liam Mower said: “I still vividly remember the first time I stepped out on to the stage at the Victoria Palace Theatre almost ten years ago – it was terrifying and thrilling all at the same time. I was 12 years old and that was my very first time performing in front of an audience. Along with George and James we had been rehearsing the show for many months and to bring the story of Billy Elliot to life on stage was really exciting.
“I was unbelievably honoured to be asked by Stephen Daldry to come back and rejoin the cast as Older Billy for this special performance, and, to step in to Billy Elliot’s ballet shoes for one more time will be a real privilege.”
Mower began dancing at the age of nine, attending the Northern Academy of Performing Arts. Two years later, he became a pupil at White Lodge, the full time boarding school of The Royal Ballet. In 2004, he beat over 3,000 hopefuls to be cast as Billy Elliot, a role he played from March 2005 for almost a year and a half. In 2006, he became the youngest person ever to win the Olivier Award for Best Actor when he received the accolade along with James Lomas and George Maguire.
Shortly after leaving the West End, Mower was cast as Mikey Adams in Wire in the Blood for ITV. He completed his training at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance with a first class BA (Hons) degree, and during this time toured with Rambert Dance Company, performing Itzik Galili’s A Linha Curva.
For New Adventures, Mower has performed in Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!, played Tony in Play Without Words and made his principal debut as Count Lilac in Sleeping Beauty, also playing the role of Tantrum Fairy, with seasons in the UK, Italy, Russia and the USA. Most recently, he played the role of The Prince in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, the very ballet that forms the final scene in the film Billy Elliot.
Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Billy’s journey takes him out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.
Read more about the Live Broadcast of Billy Elliot.