Billy Elliot the Musical welcomes Ruthie Henshall to cast

Date Posted: 05/03/2014

Olivier award-winning actor Ruthie Henshall will join the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical as Billy’s dance teacher Mrs Wilkinson. Pupils will be able to see Henshall on a school trip to the show from 12th May.

Also joining the cast in May is Chris Grahamson, who will play Billy’s brother Tony, and Barnaby Meredith returns to play Older Billy. Ann Emery will continue to play Grandma, a role she created on stage when the show premiered in 2005, and Deka Walmsley will continue as Billy’s dad.

Ruthie Henshall: star of stage and song

Ruthie Henshall has performed in many iconic roles in musicals both in the West End and on Broadway including Fantine in Les Misérables and Nancy in Oliver. As a recording artist, she has featured on numerous cast recordings, compilation albums and solo albums.

Billy Elliot: a synopsis

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 disapproval of his struggling family.

A discounted school group rate is available for teachers on performances from Monday to Thursday, including Thursday matinees.

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