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Cast announced for Australian production of Billy Elliot the Musical

By Krisinda Merhi December 19, 2018

Not too long now! 

Billy Elliot the Musical is coming BACK to Aus for a 10th Anniversary tour. 

The show will open at Sydney Lyric Theatre in October 2019 followed by seasons in Melbourne at the Regent Theatre from February 2020, Crown Theatre Perth from June 2020, QPAC’s Lyric Theatre in Brisbane from July 2020 and the Festival Theatre at Adelaide Festival Centre from September 2020. 

Billy Elliot the Musical has been seen by almost 12 million people worldwide and is the recipient of over 80 awards internationally, including 10 Tony Awards, 5 Olivier Awards and 8 Helpmann Awards. 

Just to name a few. 

Billy Elliot is a bonafide story of self-discovery and self-acceptance and the Australian production includes some very successful names. 

Starring as Billy’s tough but supportive ballet teacher Mrs Wilkinson will be Kelley Abbey, one of Australia's most accomplished performers, internationally renowned choreographer and award-winning creative director. 

Kelley began her career in the long running TV series E Street before starring on stage in productions including Grease the Arena Spectacular and Fame the Musical.

“I am so thrilled to be playing Mrs Wilkinson and returning to the stage in such a heartfelt and moving show as Billy Elliot the Musical,” Kelley said. 

“In my career I have been directing, choreographing and mentoring so many dancers, that playing Mrs Wilkinson who teaches and mentors young Billy, seems a perfect fit!”

Justin Smith joins the cast in the role of Dad, Billy’s stoic father. 

Justin starred as Tony, Billy’s older brother in the original Australian production of Billy Elliot the Musical, so his return to the show is greatly anticipated. 

Playing Billy’s eccentric Grandma is actress Vivien Davies and Billy’s hot-headed brother Tony will be played by Drew Livingston. 

And of course, in the role of Billy’s boxing coach George, is award winning actor Robert Grubb.

Robert is one of Australia’s most versatile actors having worked extensively on stage and screen starring in varied roles including Mad Max, and Gallipoli. 

Australian Producer Louise Withers said, “The outstanding talents of the adult cast including Kelley Abbey, Justin Smith and Robert Grubb, will ensure a special night out.”

“We are privileged to have this remarkable adult company who will soon be joined by the 4 extremely gifted boys who will play the inspiring lead role of Billy.” 

The audition process continues for the incredibly talented children who will also be a part of this powerful cast with exciting announcements transpiring in the new year.

Billy Elliot the Musical opens in the Sydney Lyrics Theatre in 2019. Join the waiting list at billyelliotthemusical.com.au

Images: Alastair Muir / Billy Elliot the Musical Broadway.