Ten-year-old Elliott Hanna will join the West End cast of Billy Elliot on July 17 as the long-running musical’s 34th (and youngest-ever) title star. Also joining the cast at London's Victoria Palace Theatre is 10-year-old Demi Lee as Debbie, the daughter of Billy’s dance teacher.
In addition to Hanna and Lee, the current cast of Billy Elliot includes Anna-Jane Casey (Mrs. Wilkinson), Deka Walmsley (Billy’s Dad) and Kevin Wathen (Tony), with Howard Crossley (George), Alexander Loxton (Older Billy), Kay Milbourne (Dead Mum), Simon Ray Harvey (Mr. Braithwaite) and Ann Emery, who created the role of Grandma when the show premiered in 2005. Alternating with Hanna in the title role are Tade Biesinger, Harrison Dowzell, Redmond Rance and Ali Rasul. Alternating in the role of Billy's best friend Michael are Zach Atkinson, Joe Massey and Thomas Moore. Alternating with Lee in the role of Debbie are Dayna Dixon and Millie Thornton.
Based on the Oscar nominated film, Billy Elliot 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. The show features music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, is directed by Stephen Daldry.
A native of Liverpool, Hanna began dancing at age four and performed in local productions of The Wizard of Oz and Dick Whittington. A finalist in the Sky 1 network’s Got to Dance, he went on to perform at the Savoy Theatre as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebration.