The West End has a new ballet boy! Ollie Jochim will start performances as Billy in Billy Elliot on July 14 at the Victoria Palace Theatre. He becomes the 75th boy to perform the role worldwide.
The cast of Billy Elliot currently includes Ruthie Henshall as Mrs Wilkinson, Deka Walmsley as Dad, Chris Grahamson as Tony, Ann Emery as Grandma, Howard Crossley as George, Barnaby Meredith as Older Billy, Claudia Bradley as Dead Mum and David Muscat as Mr. Braithwaite. Jochim will alternate the role of Billy with Elliott Hanna, Bradley Perret , Mitchell Tobin and Matteo Zecca. The cast also includes Tomi Fry, Zach Atkinson and Zak Baker, who play the role of Billy’s best friend Michael, and Kyria Cooper, Dayna Dixon and Demi Lee, who alternates the role of Debbie.
Directed by Stephen Daldry and featuring music by Elton John and a book and lyrics by Lee Hall, Billy Elliot is based on the Oscar nominated film and is an inspiring story of one boy’s dream to know his ambitions against the odds. Set in the North East of England alongside the backdrop of the historic 1984-85 miners’ strike, Billy follows his passion for dance in secret to evade disapproval from his struggling family.