39th Billy Elliot Dances Into London Cast, Plus New Debbie and Ballet Girls

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Brodie Donougher, an 11-year-old from Blackpool, becomes the 39th boy to play the title role in Billy Elliot the Musical, beginning performances Nov. 19. Also joining the company is 10-year-old Connie Fisher, from Northallerton in North Yorkshire, as well as 19 girls from London and surrounding counties aged 9-14 who join as Balelt Girls.

Brodie Donougher
Brodie Donougher Photo by Alastair Muir

In a press statement, Dounougher has commented, "My name is Brodie and I’m eleven years old. I have three sisters, Derrian and Jessica and Arroia, and one brother, Emlyn, and live in Blackpool with my parents. When I was seven, I was introduced to ballet through PrimarySTEPS, a Royal Ballet School programme that gives children the opportunity to try ballet, and later became part of The Royal Ballet School’s Junior Associate programme. I’m also a keen gymnast and have trained and competed with the Garstang School of Gymnastics."

He continues, "My mum heard about the Billy Elliot auditions being held in Manchester and asked me if I would like to audition. I got through to the London auditions and was invited to train at the Billy Elliot summer school in 2013. I really enjoyed the experience and knew then that I wanted to be Billy, and I was overwhelmed when I was offered the role a year later. I have also successfully auditioned for The Royal Ballet Schools full-time training programme in London and look forward to attending in the future. In the meantime, I can’t wait for my first performance at the Victoria Palace Theatre tonight."

Fisher has commented, "I am ten years old and from Northallerton, a small town in North Yorkshire. I have been dancing since the age of three and started competing at freestyle competitions with my dance school, Planet Dance, when I was four. I recently joined Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts in Hartlepool and also became Juvenile British Modern Champion 2014. It was Val who got me the opportunity for my first ever audition, which was for the role of Debbie in Billy Elliot. I was so excited when I found out I had got the part. It’s an amazing opportunity and I feel really lucky and hope I make everyone who has supported me proud!"

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 248 5000 or visit www.billyelliotthemusical.com

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