Will hit West End boards early

Former Calder High School student Will Breckin made his West End debut a month earlier than planned.

Thursday, 25th November 2010, 9:17 am

Will, who comes from Mytholmroyd, was due to take over as Billy in Dirty Dancing at the Aldwych Theatre from former X-Factor contestant Ray Quinn at the end of this month.

But Quinn broke a collarbone after falling off his bike and Will, who graduated this summer from the Guildford School of Acting, actually took over the role at the start of November, after just eight days’ rehearsing.

Set in the summer of 1963, Dirty Dancing tells the story of Frances “Baby” Houseman and how she learns some major lessons in life and a thing or two about dancing at a holiday resort.

She teams up with dance teacher Johnny Castle, originally played by Patrick Swayze in the famous film of the same name.

Will’s role is the second male lead, and it is a remarkable first professional theatre experience for this talented young man who is well known in amateur circles in Yorkshire.

He played leading parts, including Marius in Les Miserables, and Wild Bill Hickock in Calamity Jane, with local youth groups, and starred in several productions at Calder High.