The exterior of the Malmö Opera House

A production of Billy Elliot The Musical (BETM) took place at the 1511 seat Malmö Opera House in Malmö, Sweden from February 13 to June 3, 2016, mainly on weekends.  During that time frame, the show was presented 41 times.  Three Billys, all new to the role, led the cast.  They are Jacob HermanssonOliver Lohk, and Grim Lohman.

Approximately 80 boys auditioned for the roles of Billy and Michael.  The best of them, 16 in all, began attending a “Billy Elliot school” established at Base 23 in Stockholm (Stockholm Dance Academy)

In the Spring of 2015, to celebrate Base 23’s fifth anniversary, some of the Billy School attendees danced to choreography from BETM Sweden at Stockholm’s Oscarsteatern (the best-known musical theatre in Sweden). Here’s a video of their performance:

Credit: Video by Johan Maceus

Eventually the months of training at Base 23 whittled the number down to just six boys — three Billys and three Michaels.  From the spring of 2015 onwards, they practiced tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, acrobatics and singing at the Billy Elliot school. 

This promotional video was made during the early days of training for the six Billys and Michaels as they trained in the year leading up to the show opening:

Credit: Video by Malmö Opera

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The Malmö Billys and Michaels (clockwise from top left: Oliver Lohk, Grim Lohman, Carl Sjögren, Uno Elger, David Fridholm, Jacob Hermansson)

Later, the Billys and Michaels met the rest of the cast and rehearsals began in earnest to prepare the show for its mid-February opening.

The week the show opened in February 2016, this promotional video began appearing on Swedish TV.  It features Grim Lohman as Billy:

Credit: Video by Malmö Opera

To learn more about the Malmö Billys, click on the Billy Profiles tab at the top of the page to be taken to their detailed profiles.

To see a complete listing of the Malmö cast, just click on the Cast Information tab, also at the top of this page.

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Billy (Oliver Lohk) and miners

Credit: Photo by Malin Arnesson

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The interior of the 729 seat Kulturhuset Stadsteatern Stockholm (Stockholm City Theatre)

Following on from the very successful Swedish production of Billy Elliot the Musical (BETM) in Malmö in 2016, a second production of BETM will be presented in Sweden in 2017, this time in the capital city of Stockholm.  This production will be at the Kulturhuset Stadsteatern Stockholm (Stockholm City Theatre) and is currently scheduled to run from February 9 to November 22, 2017, with the official opening night on February 10.

In August 2016 some of the boys who were going to appear in BETM in Stockholm performed Express Yourself at an event to promote the upcoming production.  Here is a video of this performance: 

Credit: Video by Adrian Maceus

Although much of the adult cast for the Stockholm production will be different from the Malmö cast, many members of the Malmö child cast will perform in Stockholm:

  • Jacob Hermansson will continue in the role of Billy.
  • David Fridholm and Carl Sjögren both played Michael in Malmö and will play Billy in Stockholm.
  • Uno Elger will continue in the role of Michael.
  • Grim Lohman will play Tall Boy in Stockholm, having previously played Billy in Malmö.
  • Oliver Palm was Small Boy in Malmö and will play Michael in Stockholm.

This trailer for the Stockholm production was released in the days leading up to the show opening, featuring footage of all three Billys:

To learn more about the Stockholm Billys, click on the Billy Profiles tab at the top of the page to be taken to their detailed profiles.

To see a complete listing of the Stockholm cast, just click on the Cast Information tab, also at the top of this page.

Watch the Stockholm Billys take flight:

Credit: Rehearsal videos on this page are by Kulturhuset Stadsteatern

 

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Malmö Opera House & Stockholm City Theatre (Sweden)

Billy Biographical Information

The 2017 Stockholm cast is led by a trio of Billys: Jacob Hermansson, who played the role in Malmö, and David Fridholm and Carl Sjögren, both new to the role.

To learn more about the Swedish (Malmö & Stockholm) Billys, just click on each name below their pictures.

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The Swedish Billys (l-r Jacob Hermansson, Grim Lohman and Oliver Lohk)
The Malmö Billys (l-r: Jacob Hermansson, Grim Lohman and Oliver Lohk)

 

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Cast Information

In Malmö three boys, all new to the role of Billy, led the cast: Jacob Hermansson, Grim Lohman and Oliver Lohk.  For the Stockholm production, Jacob continues as Billy and is joined in the lead role by Carl Sjögren and David Fridholm.

Jacob Hermansson (Billy) and the Malmö cast in “Solidarity”

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Oliver Lohk (Billy), Åsa Fång (Mrs. Wilkinson) and the Ballet Girls

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“Dream Ballet” with Oliver Lohk as Billy

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Note: Production photos by Malin Arnesson

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