Back in 2005, Liam Mower - at just 12-years old - wowed theatregoers with his electrifying performance as “one of the Billy’s.” Theatre history was changed forever.
For anyone who isn’t indoctrinated in theatre verbiage, this refers to one of the most covetable roles on stage: Billy Elliot The Musical, a role typically shared by several young actors. Mower, along with George Maguire and James Lomas became the youngest ever (and first trio) to receive the incredible Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
Among his classically trained contemporaries, it was the 14-year old star, Mower, who has been recognized for taking on the role for the longest - quite possibly for the seamless way his real life persona aligned with his role as the miner’s son dreaming of becoming a successful ballet dancer. He was born up in Kingston-upon-Hull to his engineer father, and attended the Royal Ballet School in London prior to taking the lead role in Billy Elliot.
Yet in that same year, Mower took his final curtain from the West End musical. News about him not returning to the Royal Ballet School, where he earned a scholarship, circulated. And instead, the young dancer, returned to become a regular schoolboy to study for his GCSEs.
That was then.
Eight years on and his stellar performances in various shows like Sleeping Beauty, where he played Count Lilac and Swan Lake where he played The Prince paved the way for his return to the West End.
He also took the role of one of the two cupids in The Nutcracker, forging a new relationship with inspiration choreographer Matthew Bourne.
This year, we finally see Mower back on the spotlight—the celebrated child performer taking on a more challenging starring role, this time, with choreographer Matthew Bourne at the helm, playing Edward Scissorhands. He shares the role with fellow Sleeping Beauty alum, Dominic North.
In this staging of the Tim Burton cult classic, Edward Scissorhands, the duo (Mower and North) plays the title character as they retell the touching and bittersweet story of a boy created by a lonely inventor with scissors for hands. His story unfolds in a suburban world where the entire community tries to see past his appearance to discover the gentleness, innocence and compassion within.