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    Meet Billy Elliot: London

    Victoria Palace Theatre  (London)

    Billy Biographical Information

    On March 31, 2005, Billy Elliot the Musical opened in previews at the Victoria Palace Theatre (VPT) in London when Liam Mower became the first boy to ever set foot on a stage in the title role in front of a paying audience.  A total of 42 boys — all with extraordinary talent — brought the title role to life at the VPT. There is no doubt that the reason for the 11 year run of this show was largely the result of the unique abilities of these young stars.

    But how did these young men come to be in the show?

    Contained here are the detailed profiles (bios) that answer that question.

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    Profile Index for the London Billys

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    The profiles of the 42 London Billys who graced the stage of the Victoria Palace Theatre in London over its 11 year run are found in the index below. The index is in alphabetical order by the actor’s last name. By clicking on the name of the Billy below his picture, you’ll be taken to that Billy’s profile.

    Sam Angell Thumb Josh Baker Thumb Colin Bates Thumb3 Harris Beattie Thumb3 Tade Biesinger Dean Charles Chapman Thumb2
    Angell Baker Bates Beattie Biesinger Chapman
    Ryan Collinson Thumb3 Leon Cooke Thumb Brodie Donougher Thumb4 Harrison Dowzell Thumb4 Josh Fedrick Thumb Hogan Fulton Thumb
    Collinson Cooke Donougher Dowzell  Fedrick Fulton
    Ollie Gardner Thumb Euan Garrett Thumb Elliott Hann Thumb4 Thomas Hazelby Thumb Tom-Holland-Thumb Fox Jackson Keen Thumb2
     Gardner  Garrett  Hanna  Hazelby Holland  Jackson-Keen
    Ollie Jochim Thumb2 Matthew Koon Thumb Trent Kowalik Thumb James Lomas Thumb George Maguire Thumb Dean McCarthy Thumb1
     Jochim  Koon  Kowalik  Lomas  Maguire  McCarthy
    Scott-McKenzie-Thumb2 Liam Mower Thumb2 Bradley Perret Thumb2 Tanner-Pflueger-Thumb2 Redmand Rance Thumb7 Al Rasul Thumb3
     McKenzie  Mower  Perret  Pflueger  Rance  Rasul
    Corey Snide Thumb2 Nat Sweeney Thumb2 Olly Taylor Thumb Mitchell Tobin Thumb10 Adam Vesperman Thumb Kaine Ward Thumb3
    Snide Sweeney Taylor Tobin Vesperman Ward
    aaron-watson-thumb2 SONY DSC Brad Wilson Thumb Travis Yates Thumb Rhys Yeomans Thumb Matteo Zecca Thumb3
    Watson Williams Wilson Yates Yeomans Zecca

     Billy Timeline

    The timeline, below, is a visual depiction of when the 42 London Billys graced the stage of the VPT. It lets the viewer easily see who was in the Billy rotation at any given time. Note that the number above each name is each actor’s “London Billy Number”, the order in which they debuted in London. That number should not be confused with their world-wide Billy Number, which is the order in which all Billys around the world have debuted, in all the different productions of the show. So after Josh Fedrick (#13), when the Australian production opened in Sydney, the London Billys will have two different numbers: their London number (which is the one contained in this timeline) — and their world-wide Billy number. If that’s confusing, go here and you can easily see how the two numbers work: https://betm.theskykid.com/billys-debut/

    London Billy Timeline 2From the Site Administrator:  The staff of our site would like to acknowledge and thank the creator of the above timeline, Dan (last name withheld by request) for his work and for generously donating it to the site for publication.

    Back to Main London Page

    To Main Billy Alphabetical Profile Index Article

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    4 COMMENTS

    1. Help please: I am trying to find the entire casts (very specific) for the 2 times I saw Billy Elliot in London: Those dates being Oct. 18, 2007 (matinee) and July 21, 2010 (evening). Can anyone help?
      I am also looking to purchase the programmes for each of those productions. Thanks: JT.

    2. John,

      Record keeping in the earlier days of the show was very haphazard if it existed at all. At the original Billy Elliot Forum, there may have been records kept from 2005 to early 2009, but if any such information did exist it was lost when that Forum shut down. The current Forum has information from 2010 on, but mainly the Billys, Michaels and Debbies were reported (although there are gaps in that information as well.)

      Given the above as background, here’s what I can share with you:

      October 18, 2007: The Billy was Corey Snide. No other information on the child cast was reported. The adult cast principal roles were generally single cast. You can go to the following link and look up who was playing those roles at the time of this show: https://betm.theskykid.com/meet-billy-elliot-london/3/

      July 21, 2010 (Matinee): Billy was played by Aaron Watson, Michael by Jake Pratt and Debbie by Francesca Mango. No other information on child cast performers for this show was reported and no adult understudies were reported for this show, so you can again go to the above link to look up who of the adult cast would have been playing the principal roles at the time of this show.

      Sorry I couldn’t be any more specific than this. Good luck!

      Gary (porschesrule)

    3. I was hoping you could help with the number of shows to date in London? If you had even the “number” of one of the shows, I could “count forward” from there. If it were a recent show, that would be even better.

      Thanks for what you have built at your site, in particular the “Highlights” of the London show.

    4. Hi Tom,

      You can find the current London show count here: http://www.billyelliottheforum.me.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=114441#p114441 The count at the end of January, 2016 can be found at the bottom of that chart in the monthly summary. Please note that this count is the actual number of shows presented with a paid audience. I’ve found it’s a few off from what the BETM company has announced in the past as it is their practice (and may very well be the practice of the West End as a whole) to count all scheduled shows, even if they are cancelled and not actually presented. There have been several of those over the years. But the number shown will get you close. Hope that helps.

      Gary (porschesrule)

      P.S. The method of counting we use at the BE Forum directly ties the number of shows performed by all of the Billys in London (42 to date) to the total number of show count that I cited above. In other words, if you added up all the Billy performances, it will add up to the total number of shows. Of course, the “official” London number they give won’t do that as you can’t give credit to a Billy for a show performed if the show didn’t actually take place :p All the information on London Billy performance tracking can be found at https://betm.theskykid.com/billy-elliot-the-musical-tracking-the-billys/

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