West End's Billy Elliot Welcomes its 30th Billy May 14 | Playbill

News West End's Billy Elliot Welcomes its 30th Billy May 14
The original West End production of Billy Elliot welcomes its 30th Billy, 12-year-old Harrison Dowzell, from Nottinghamshire, who joins the company May 14.

He will alternate in the role with Harris Beattie (13-year-old from Aberdeen, Scotland), Kaine Ward (13-year- old from Hertfordshire), Ryan Collinson (13-year-old from Southport) and Adam Vesperman (13-year-old from Seattle, Washington, USA). He will be the 65th boy to play the role worldwide, including Jamie Bell, who played Billy Elliot in the award-winning film. In a press statement, Harrison said, "I live with my mum, dad, little brother Josh and Persian cat Rocky. I have always enjoyed sport, especially football and I was lucky enough to play for Notts County FC. Knowing how much I enjoyed dancing, my teachers at junior school suggested I took proper lessons and for over two years I managed to juggle football and dancing and was very busy. When I was eight years old I joined the Rollo Academy of Performing Arts and Freedom Movement (a hip hop troupe). I loved the film 'Billy Elliot' so much that when I saw the audition poster in my dance studio I thought I would try my luck. I took a couple of ballet lessons in preparation and six months after my first audition (and after several call backs), I was invited to do some training with the Billy team over the summer. It was shortly after this that I was told I had got the part of Billy Elliot and I was so happy I could have burst. When I first arrived in London I was a little nervous but within a couple of days I felt like I had been here for months. I am really excited about my first performance as Billy."

To book tickets, which are now on sale through Dec. 21, 2013, contact the box office on 0844 811 0055 or visit http://billyelliotthemusical.com.

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