A Sutton boy got to rub shoulders with the stars of a West End musical as part thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation

Khayyam Iqbal, 10, whose wish was to create his own YouTube channel, reported from the red carpet at the gala night for BIG, which made its West End premiere in September at the Dominion Theatre for a nine-week season.

Khayyam was treated for Burkitt’s Lymphoma and since his wish four years ago he has become a digital representative at school and his love for music, film and entertainment has continued to flourish. He even reported for BBC London News.

Khayyam said: “It’s been so interesting so see behind the scenes and to understand things like how the actors get changed so quickly between scenes and how things work in the orchestra pit and the costume and wig departments.”

The 10-year-old was also presented with a fundraising cheque for £80,000 by the stars of the musical.

The show invited a 'wish' child to become the face of their production because of the natural link between the show and the charity’s mission, and because £1 from every theatre ticket sold will go towards granting more life-changing wishes for children like Khayyam.

Khayyam has also been keeping the charity’s online supporters updated about what goes into creating a West End musical by filming during rehearsals and by interviewing some of the cast which includes Jay McGuiness, Kimberley Walsh, Matthew Kelly and Wendi Peters.

Michael Rose, the show’s producer, said: “We are delighted that Khayyam has worked with us, learnt a bit about theatre life and promoted our fabulous production.”