Birmingham lad Nat Sweeney makes his West End debut tonight (3 July 2015) becoming the forty-first boy to play Billy Elliot in London’s Victoria Palace theatre. Nat who is a keen gymnast and dancer previously performed in Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies at the Birmingham Hippodrome and as a gymnast performed in many competitions with the Revolution Gym Club.
Whilst missing his family and pet dog, the move to London has been helped by the Billy Elliot family who have been amazingly supportive with the other Billy’s giving him lots of advice and encouragement.
Nat Sweeney (12 years old from Birmingham) joins Brodie Donougher (12 years old from Blackpool), Thomas Hazelby(10 years old from Doncaster), Ollie Jochim (13 years old from Chelmsford, Essex) and Bradley Perret (13 years old from Juan les Pins, France) who alternate the title role of Billy Elliot. Todd Bell (12 years old from Whitehaven, Cumbria), Tomi Fry (12 years old from Swindon) and Nathan Jones (12 years old from Prudhoe, Northumberland) play the role of Billy’s best friend Michael. Kyria Cooper (11 years old from Hartlepool), Connie Fisher (10 years old from Brompton, North Yorkshire) and Demi Lee (12 years old from Middlesbrough) alternate the role of Debbie.
Billy Elliot the Musical is currently celebrating its 11th year in the West End and has now been seen by over 10 million people world-wide. Along the way it has seen 85 boys take the title role of Billy Elliot and received over 80 awards internationally including 10 Tony Awards and five Olivier Awards.