Billy Elliot extends to 19 Dec 2015, introduces new Billy
The West End production of Billy Elliot welcomes today its 38th boy to play the title role of Billy. 12 year old Ollie Jochim from Essex begins performances today. Furthermore, the producers of the musical have announced an extension of the booking period to 19 Dec 2015. It was booking through to 16 May 2015.
Elton John and Lee Hall's musical Billy Elliot is now in its ninth year of performances at the Victoria Palace Theatre, and has been seen by over 9.5 million people world wide. The show has been presented on Broadway, where it won the Tony Award for Best New Musical, as well as productions in Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, Toronto and Seoul.
Synopsis: 'Billy Elliot is the tale of a motherless boy whose father wants him to take up boxing. Instead, the boy discovers a love for ballet that leads him from secret lessons to a place at the Royal Ballet School.'
The current cast of Billy Elliot includes Ollie Jochim, Elliott Hanna, Bradley Perret, Mitchell Tobin and Matteo Zecca who alternate the role of Billy, Tomi Fry, Zach Atkinson and Zak Baker who alternate the role of Michael, Kyria Cooper, Dayna Dixon and Demi Lee, alternate the role of Debbie, Ruthie Henshall (Mrs Wilkinson), Deka Walmsley (Dad), Chris Grahamson (Tony), Ann Emery (Grandma), Howard Crossley (George), Barnaby Meredith (Older Billy), Claudia Bradley (Dead Mum) and David Muscat (Mr. Braithwaite). Ensemble members are Craig Armstrong, David Bardsley, Paul Basleigh, Spencer Cartwright, Lucinda Collins, Gillian Elisa, Lee Hoy, Ruri James, Chris Jenkins, Charlie Martin, Alan Mehdizadeh, Steve Paget, Ben Redfern, Charlotte Riby, Mark John Richardson, Mike Scott, Phil Snowden, Wendy Somerville, Spencer Stafford and David Stoller.
Billy Elliot is presented in London by Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions in association with Tiger Aspect and is based on the Universal Pictures/ Studio Canal film. The production features scenic design by Ian MacNeil, the associate director is Julian Webber, costume design is by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch, and choreography by Peter Darling. The show originally opened on 11 May 2005 following previews from 31 March 2005, and is currently booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre until 19 Dec 2015.