New booking period and new Billy for Billy Elliot
ON MONDAY, July 14, 2014, twelve year old Ollie Jochim from Chelmsford, Essex gave his first performance in the title role of the internationally award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical.
Ollie joined a cast lead by Ruthie Henshall who plays Mrs Wilkinson, Billy’s dance teacher, and became the thirty-eighth boy to perform the iconic role at the Victoria Palace Theatre and the seventy-fifth boy to perform the role world-wide.
Over 375 000 tickets were also released for sale, taking bookings for the production at the Victoria Palace Theatre to December 19, 2015.
Talking about himself, Ollie Jochim said:
“I am twelve years old and from Chelmsford in Essex. I have always loved dancing – when I was younger I used to teach myself to dance from Michael Jackson YouTube videos! I joined Essex Dance Theatre in Chelmsford when I was nine to learn ballet, tap and modern and later joined their performance group. A couple of years ago my mum took me to see Billy Elliot the Musical and when I saw it I knew I wanted to be Billy. I was so overjoyed when I found out I had got the part and now I am living my dream.”
Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true.
The show, which features music by Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall, has now been seen by over 9.5 million people worldwide, and in May next year will celebrate its 10th birthday.
On Sunday, September 28, 2014, at 2pm, Billy Elliot the Musical will be broadcast live from the West End to cinemas across the UK and around the world. Tickets for the live broadcast are on sale at cinemas now, and tickets are also available for this very special performance at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Cinema tickets available at BillyElliotLive.co.uk.