Nat Sweeney in Billy Elliot The Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre
New Billy Joins the Cast of the Long Running West End Musical
Various news outlets report that the long-running musical version of Billy Elliot, which runs at the West End’s Victoria Palace Theatre, has new Billy in the form of Nat Sweeney. The young actor becomes the latest performer to take on the role, following 40 other such talents, and he joins an array of youngsters who alternate in the title role from night to night.
As of Friday 3rd July 2015 he stars alongside Thomas Hazelby, Ollie Jochim, Brodie Donougher and Bradley Perret, who also play Billy, whilst other characters in the production are portrayed by names like Ruthie Henshall (Mrs Wilkinson).
Billy Elliot The Musical is based on the hit film of the same name and takes us back to the North East of the 1980s. It is there they we meet Billy Elliot, a young boy who has taken up a unique pastime, at least compared to his friends and family. He has no interest in following his father and brothers, who work in the mines and enjoy
Whilst Nat Sweeney is new to the show, Ruthie Henshall has been a part of the cast since last year. The veteran stage performer has won a Laurence Olivier Award for She Loves Me at the Savoy Theatre in 1995 and has been nominated for numerous more. Her other credits include Blithe Spirit at the Apollo Theatre in 2011 and Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre in 2009, plus many other productions that go back to the 1980s, including classic productions of Miss Saigon (as part of the original London cast) and The Woman In White.
Currently, however, she adds Billy Elliot to the list of classic shows with which she has been a part. The production has been running at the Victoria Palace Theatre since 2005, meaning that is celebrated its tenth anniversary earlier this year, joining many high profile shows – such as Mamma Mia! and The Woman in Black - to enjoy a long run in the capital.
It is currently booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre for performances up to Saturday 17th December 2016.