Note: Josh’s Final Performance as Billy in London was on March 3, 2012
Debut: February 24, 2011 (London)
Total Performances as Billy: 108.5 (includes 1 partial show credited @.5)
At twelve-years-old, Josh Baker from Rochester, southeast of London, became the 25th Billy on the London stage and the 54th overall in the world to play the role, when he debuted on February 24, 2011 at the Victoria Palace Theatre.
Though it was his professional debut, he was very familiar with the role as he played Billy in the Stage Theatre Society’s production of Billy Elliot the Musical at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone in June of 2010. That production was done in conjunction with the popular Billy Youth Theatre program in Great Britain, in which a modified version of the show is made available to school and youth theatre groups for production.
In this video produced by the Stage Theatre Society, here’s a glimpse of Josh performing as Billy:
Credit: Video by emilypushthebutton
Josh began training in acting at age five and dance at the age of seven. Most of his training has been at the Italia Conti Associate School in Chislehurst, which provides Saturday part-time classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Musical Production, Latin & Ballroom, Acting and Singing to young people aged from 3 to 18 years.
The BETM creatives obviously liked what they saw in Josh’s portrayal of the role in the Stage Theatre Society production, as they offered him a spot in the prestigious 2010 Billy Elliot camp, which is run during the summer hiatis from school at Leeds. The result of his involvement in that camp led to an intense period of training/rehearsing to play Billy before the footlights of the VPT.
BETM London participated in the annual “West End Live” program in June of 2011. Members of the ensemble and the ballet girls, led by Josh, danced the “Finale” at that event. Here’s video of the occasion:
Credit: Video by haseebkayani
In January of 2012 Josh, along with Ann Emery (Grandma) and Deka Walmsley (Dad) were interviewed on a popular British TV show. Here’s some footage of that interview:
In another interview, just prior to his debut, Josh was quoted as saying, “I love being part of such a great musical – the training has been very hard but also great fun, I can’t wait for all my friends from Stage Theatre School to come and see me performing in the West End.”
At the age of 13 and a little over a year since his debut, Josh performed the role of Billy for the 108.5th (includes one partial show @ .5) and final time on Saturday evening, March 3, 2012 at the 7:30pm performance at the Victoria Palace Theatre.
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