40th Billy Joins West End Company of Billy Elliot at Victoria Palace Theatre Tonight | Playbill

News 40th Billy Joins West End Company of Billy Elliot at Victoria Palace Theatre Tonight The 40th boy to play the title role of Billy Elliot in the West End joins the company March 11 at London's Victoria Palace Theatre, ahead of the show marking its 10th anniversary in London in May.

Thomas Hazelby, who hails from Doncaster, joins Ruthie Henshall as Billy’s dance teacher Mrs Wilkinson, Deka Walmsley as Dad, Chris Grahamson as Tony and Gillian Elisa as Grandma. He is the eighty-third boy to perform the role worldwide, including Jamie Bell who played Billy Elliot in the award-winning film.

Thomas Hazelby and Barnaby Meredith
Thomas Hazelby and Barnaby Meredith Photo by Alastair Muir

In a press statement, he commented, "I am 10 years old and I live with my mum, dad and sister Maya in Doncaster. I started dancing at the age of three at my mum’s dance school, Hazelbiz Performers Academy. I was lucky enough to win my first national award when I was five years old at the British Championships. Before auditioning for Billy Elliot I trained with Miss Hatton on the Royal Ballet School Associate programme. The best day of my life was when I was offered the role of Billy Elliot. My favourite hobby is football [soccer], and I support Manchester United. Before joining Billy, I played for South Kirby Knights FC as well as for the Norton Junior school cricket team. I would like to thank the fantastic team at Billy Elliot who have supported me and helped me to achieve my dream."

Also joining the company March 11 is Nathan Jones from Prudhoe, Northumberland, who will play Billy’s best friend. In a press statement, he said, "I am 11 years old and I live with my mam Lisa, my dad Grahame who is an ex-miner, my sister Charlotte, my brother Rhys and dog Gizmo. I attend Highfield Middle School, near Newcastle. Whey aye man! I am a regional black belt karate champion, 2nd Dan, and a Scottish Nationals Open kickboxing champion. I forfeited my place at the world championships in Italy to follow my dreams of being in Billy Elliot. I was ecstatic when I was told my dream was to become a reality and I was to join the cast. I want to say a big thank you to my dance teacher Miss Laura from Marron Theatre Arts for the extra coaching and a huge thank you to everyone at Billy for believing in me."

To book tickets, which are currently on sale through Dec. 19 2015, contact the box office on 0844 248 5000 or visit billyelliotthemusical.com

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