As Billy Elliot – The Musical extends its booking period to December 2013, Harrison Dowzell will today become the 30th boy to play the title role since the show danced its way into the West End in 2005.
The 12-year-old from Nottinghamshire joins the existing quartet, Harris Beattie, Kaine Ward, Ryan Collinson and Adam Vesperman, to alternate in the role of the young boy from a northern mining town who goes against his expected path in life to follow his dream of becoming a ballet dancer.
On being awarded the part, Dowzell said: “I was so happy I could have burst. When I first arrived in London I was a little nervous but within a couple of days I felt like I had been here for months. I am really excited about my first performance as Billy.”
Billy Elliot – The Musical, which releases an additional 640,000 tickets as a result of its extended booking period, stars Gillian Bevan, Deka Walmsley, Michael Peavoy and Ann Emery, who was the original Grandma when the show opened at the Victoria Palace seven years ago.
Based on the Oscar-nominated film, Billy Elliot – The Musical is brought to the stage by the film’s writer and director Lee Hall and Stephen Daldry with a musical score created by music maestro Elton John.