Reykjavik City Theatre in Iceland was the site of a production of Billy Elliot The Musical (BETM), opening there in previews on 4-Mar-2015.
In the Spring of 2014, 900 boys auditioned for the title role.
Eventually, six were selected to attend a Billy School to hone the skills a Billy needs to carry the almost three hour show. After a period of intense training that lasted through the summer and winter months of 2014, the three boys who would play Billy were chosen. They were: Sölvi Viggósson Dýrfjörð, Baldvin Alan Thorarensen and Hjörtur Viðar Sigurðarson.
In June of 2015, the cast of BETM Reykjavik performed at the Gríman Icelandic Performing Arts Awards show on TV:
Credit: Video by Bergur Ingolfsson
In November of 2015, to plan for the departure of Baldvin Thorarensen from the show, Bjarni Kristbjörnsson — an original cast member playing the role of Michael and who had been trained from the beginning to be an understudy for the role of Billy — prepared for his debut in the title role. He debuted as Billy on 28-Nov-2015. Baldvin’s last show was the following week, on 4-Dec-2015.
After several extensions, the show in Iceland eventually came to an with a closing night of 13-Feb-2016 — almost a year from its Opening Night.
To learn more about the Iceland Billys, click on the Billy Profiles button (below) to be taken to their detailed profiles.
To see a complete listing of the rest of the Iceland cast, just click on the Cast Information button.