Monday, 16 November 2015

Matthew Seadon-Young taking over as Tony in Billy Elliot

It has been announced that Matthew Seadon-Young is taking over as Tony in the West End production of Billy Elliot The Musical tonight (16th November).

Also joining the cast at the Victoria Palace Theatre is Euan Garrett who makes his West End debut as the forty-second boy to play the title role. Euan is 12 years old from East Lothian in Scotland.

Now in its eleventh year in the West End, Billy Elliot is currently booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre until 17th December 2016. In addition, the first UK and Ireland tour of Billy Elliot will begin in February 2016 at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. 

Seadon-Young's theatre credits include: Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd (ENO), Bobby Strong in Urinetown (Apollo), The Architects (Shunt), Les Miserables (Queens Theatre), School For Scandal (Theatre Royal Bath) and She Stoops To Conquer (National).

His screen credits include Matthew WarchusPride as well as the film adaptation of Les Misérables directed by Tom Hooper. Seadon-Young also sang at the 85th Academy Awards (Oscars – 2013) and The 25th Anniversary Concert for Les Miserables at the O2 Arena. Read our previous interview with Matthew Seadon-Young.

Ruthie Henshall and Deka Walmsley continue as Mrs Wilkinson and Dad. The cast also includes: Gillian Elisa as Grandma, Howard Crossley as George, Claudia Bradley as Dead Mum, Phil Snowden as Mr Braithwaite and James Butcher as Older Billy.

Completing the cast are: Craig Armstrong, Richard Ashton, James Ballanger, David Bardsley, Paul Basleigh, Rachel Bingham, Lucinda Collins, Peter Cork, Scott Cripps, Robbie Durham, Ross Finnie, Lee Hoy, Ruri James, Ben Redfern, Charlotte Riby, Mike Scott, Sharon Sexton, Wendy Somerville, Spencer Stafford, David Stoller and Kerry Washington.

Garrett joins Brodie Donougher (12 years old from Blackpool), Thomas Hazelby (11 years old from Doncaster) and Nat Sweeney (13 years old from Birmingham) to alternate the title role of Billy Elliot.

Tomi Fry (13 years old from Swindon), Nathan Jones (12 years old from Northumberland) and Bradley Mayfield (11 years old from South Yorkshire) play the role of Billy’s best friend Michael. Beatrice Bartley (11 years old from Durham), Hollie Jayne Creighton (10 years old from Sunderland) and Connie Fisher (11 years old from North Yorkshire) alternate the role of Debbie.

Photo Credit: Alastair Muir

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