Meet Billy Elliot: Lewis Nicholson

    Note:  Lewis Nicholson‘s final show as Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical (BETM) in Newcastle, Australia, presented by The Very Popular Theatre Company, was on October 21, 2023.

    Debut: October 7, 2023 (Newcastle, Australia)

    Total Performances as Billy: 4 (No partial shows)

    Lewis Nicholson was 13 years old when he debuted as Billy in The Very Popular Theatre Company’s production of BETM at the Civic Theatre.

    Lewis has been dancing since he was 9 years old, training in ballet, tap and contemporary.  He currently trains at the National College of Dance in Newcastle.  Lewis’s favourite style of dance is contemporary because he is able to express himself.  He is an experienced and passionate dancer and regularly competes in dance competitions.  Over the last couple of years he has been introduced to more theatre-based productions through his school.

    Lewis auditioned for the role of Billy in February 2023 and subsequently was cast at one of two young actors to share the lead role.

    The production has collaborated with the National College of Dance, where Lewis was already undertaking his dance training, to provide intensive further training to prepare the Billys and Michaels for the role.

    Over the past few months Lewis has been put through his paces at the college with a full-on schedule of training.  A typical week for Lewis involves attending the college for 3 hours of ballet training, an hour of acrobatics training and 2 hours of tap training plus singing lessons on top of this.

    When he is older, Lewis aspires to be a professional ballet dancer.

    Lewis’s debut performance as Billy on 7-Oct-2023 makes him the 345th young actor worldwide to play the role in a professional, regional or community theatre production of the musical.  

    Lewis Nicholson (Billy) rehearses a scene with Felicity Biggins (Grandma)


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