Meet Billy Elliot: Haydn May

    Note: Haydn’s final show as Billy in the UK/Ireland Tour was on July 23, 2017.

    Debut: February 26, 2016 (Theatre Royal Plymouth)  

    Total Performances to Date:  141.5  (Includes 3 partial shows credited @.5 each)

    Haydn May ThumbHaydn May was 11 years old at the time of his debut and is from Bath, in the southwest of England.

    Haydn’s dance training has included training at the Dorothy Coleborn School of Dancing.  He’s also been a Junior Associate of the Royal Ballet and is an associate member of Tap Attack in Swindon.

    Haydn is a trained gymnast, having studied and competed at the Bristol Hawks Gymmastics Club.  At the 2013 National Grades Finals, Haydn competed for the South West Gymnastics team.

    Previous to BETM, Haydn’s stage experience includes appearing at the Theatre Royal in Bath as ‘Chip’ in Beauty and the Beast (2011), a munchkin in The Wizard of Oz (2012), and ‘Michael’ in Peter Pan (2013). 

    Haydn at a pre-opening rehearsal
    Haydn at a pre-opening rehearsal

    Haydn was the third of the UK/Ireland tour Billys to debut in the role.  When he performed for the first time, on 26-Feb-2016, he became the 126th Billy in the world.

    On 9-Mar-2016, Haydn’s “Meet the Tour Billys” video was released:
    Credit: Video by Theatre Royal Plymouth
    Learn more about Haydn in this quick-fire interview:

    Credit: Video by Billy Elliot The Musical

    Before the show’s final stop in Hamburg, Germany, Haydn, along with one of the Michaels (Henry Farmer), travelled to Berlin to appear on a TV show in order to promote the upcoming performances in Hamburg.  Here is a video of their performance on the show, where they performed a mashup of Express Yourself and Born to Boogie:

    Credit: Video by billy fan

    For more information about Haydn visit:

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    Haydn rehearses "Dream Ballet"
    Haydn rehearses “Dream Ballet”


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