Gillian Elisa in Billy Elliot The Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre (Photo: Alastair Muir)
Gillian Elisa in Billy Elliot The Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre (Photo: Alastair Muir)

Gillian Elisa to play Billy’s Grandma

Published January 7, 2015

Gillian Elisa will take on the full-time role of Grandma in the hit West End production of Billy Elliot The Musical following the recent retirement of Ann Emery, with whom she alternated the part.

Talking about going solo in the role, the actress said: “I first joined the cast in 2011 and have loved every moment working on this special show. It’s a real privilege to take this iconic role on full-time. I am so proud to be part of this amazing company.”

Elisa’s permanent role in the show marks the end of Emery’s incredible journey with the production. After originating the role of Grandma in the show that took home four Olivier Awards following its premiere almost 10 years ago, the 84-year-old actress went on to star alongside all 39 London Billys.

Elisa is joined in the cast of the production, which charts the story of one boy’s journey to realise his dream of becoming a ballet dancer, by Ruthie Henshall, Deka Walmsley, Chris Grahamson, Claudia Bradley, Howard Crossley, Barnaby Meredith and David Muscat.

Directed by Stephen Daldry with a book by Lee Hall, Billy Elliot The Musical has been seen by more than 10 million people worldwide and in September 2014 was broadcast live to cinemas for the first time in the show’s history.

The musical is currently booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre until 19 December. Tickets for the show can be booked through us or, for performances until 13 February, through our discount promotion Get Into London Theatre.