Ann Emery Returns to West End's Billy Elliot; Gillian Bevan and Deka Walmsley to Join Cast

News   Ann Emery Returns to West End's Billy Elliot; Gillian Bevan and Deka Walmsley to Join Cast
Ann Emery, who originated the role of Gandma in the original production of Billy Elliot at London's Victoria Palace in 2005 and stayed with the show for five years before leaving in 2010 to star in Betty Blue Eyes, is to return to the role.

She will resume performances Nov. 14, joined by newcomers to the cast Gillian Bevan (Mrs. Wilkinson), Deka Walmsley (Dad), Michael Peavoy (Tony), Sean Kearns (George) and Simon Ray Harvey (Mr. Braithwaite).

They join Ryan Collinson (13 years old from Southport), Josh Baker (13 years old from Rochester) and Adam Vesperman (13 years old from Seattle, Washington, USA), who alternate in the role of Billy; Reece Barrett (13 years old from Exeter), Connor Kelly (13 years old from Scunthorpe), Connor Lawson (13 years old from Shotton, County Durham) and Joe Massey (12 years old from South Wirrell), who alternate in the role of Billy’s best friend Michael; and  Francesca Mango (11 years old from Northumberland) and Emily Williams (10 years old East Wingate, County Durham), who alternate in the role of Debbie. 

Also in the cast are Sean Kearns (George), Kay Milbourne (Dead Mum), Barnaby Meredith (Older Billy) and ensemble members Craig Armstrong, David Bardsley, Romy Baskerville, Paul Basleigh, James Butcher,  Spencer Cartwright, Jaymz Denning, Caroline Deverill, Helen French, Sergio Giacomelli, Kieran Jae, Connor McAllister, Steve Paget, Ryan Pidgen, and Dan Reilly and swings Alan Bradshaw, Dawn Buckland, Lucinda Collins, Ian Gareth Jones and Mike Scott.

Bevan was last seen on the London stage in Road Show at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Other London stage credits include Grand Hotel (Donmar Warehouse), The Boys from Syracuse (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park) and Follies (Shaftesbury Theatre). On TV she has starred as Gina Hope in BBC's "Holby City" and Claire Hunter in the award-winning Channel 4 series "Teachers."

Walmsley was last on stage in Lee Hall’s The Pitmen Painters playing George Brown, a role he created in the original production at Live Theatre, Newcastle and subsequent runs at the National Theatre, UK tour and on Broadway. Other theatre credits include Enemies at the Almeida Theatre and Playing with Fire at the National Theatre. To book tickets, on sale through Dec. 15, 2012, contact the box office on 0844 811 0055, or visit  

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