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Liam Mower makes Billy Elliot return

First Published 25 July 2014, Last Updated 25 July 2014

Liam Mower will return to Billy Elliot The Musical for one performance of the hit West End show when it is screened live to cinemas on 28 September.

The actor and dancer, who originated the role of Young Billy alongside George Maguire and James Lomas when the musical opened in May 2005, will return to the Olivier Award-winning production as Older Billy.

It will be a fitting appearance for the Olivier Award-winning actor, who since sharing the prize for Best Actor in a Musical with his fellow Billy performers has played the Prince in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, the role played by the Older Billy in the final scene of Billy Elliot The Musical.

Mower, whose other credits include Bourne’s Nutcracker!, Play Without Words and Sleeping Beauty,  will take to the stage of the Victoria Palace Theatre alongside current cast members Ruthie Henshall, Ann Emery and Deka Walmsley.

Talking about his Billy Elliot return, Mower said: “I still vividly remember the first time I stepped out onto the stage at the Victoria Palace Theatre almost 10 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. 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 into Billy Elliot’s ballet shoes for one more time will be a real privilege.”

Based on the Academy Award nominated film of the same name, Billy Elliot The Musical is set in a northern mining town during the 1980s miners’ strikes and charts the story of ones boy’s dream of becoming a ballet dancer.

Featuring a book and lyrics by Lee Hall and music by Elton John, the production has been seen by more than nine and a half million people worldwide and is currently booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre until 19 December 2015.

The forthcoming live screening marks the first time the stage musical has ever been seen on the big screen. Tickets for the Billy Elliot The Musical Live can be purchased at www.billyelliotlive.co.uk

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