About the showBased on the epic film by Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot the Musical is an uplifting and heart-warming musical about one boy's struggle to pursue the thing he loves and be accepted by his family. Set in the midst of the 1980's coal miners strike, the small Durham community is being savaged by Margaret Thatcher. As Billy dances for escapism, his talents challenge the perceptions of his father and brother who preach 'Solidarity' against the Tory cuts. The show has been a success in both London and New York, where it won the Tony Award for Best New Musical. With a impressive score by Elton John, this show will pull at your heart strings and leave you in awe at some of the amazing talents performed by the impressive cast.
The show is an original British book musical, featuring an adapted script from the original film by Lee Hall. The show opened to rave reviews, with many critics calling it 'the best British musical since Oliver!' The cast features an impressive line up of child performers, who demonstrate outstanding acting, singing and dancing throughout. The part of Billy is a particularly gruelling one, and boys from all over the country share this phenomenal part. The show recently celebrated its 10th year in the West End, and it is still going strong, winning the 2013 Olivier Audience Choice Award and entertaining tourists and Londoners alike. Elton John released a track from the show into the charts to promote the musical, and the song 'Electricity' is now widely known.
West End star Ruthie Henshall joined the cast of Billy Elliot on the show's 9th birthday to play Billy's straight talking dance teacher Mrs Wilkinson. Ruthie has previously starred in West End musicals Chicago, Les Miserables and Miss Saigon to name but a few.
Who Should See It?Billy Elliot is aimed at anyone who has ever had a dream. Fans of the film and those coming to the show for the first time will both enjoy the gripping story and spectacular production elements. Musical theatre fans will love seeing a multi award winning show, and the show is even popular with those people who don't usually like musicals.
Billy Elliot is not suitable for children under the age of 10. There is harsh language throughout and scenes of an adult nature. Children under the age of 4 will not be permitted in the theatre.
- Billy Elliot - Billy is the child star of the show who goes against his father's wishes and takes Ballet lessons rather than boxing. His natural aptitude and hard working nature means he progresses to audition for the Royal Ballet School, delivering impressive numbers such as 'Electricity' and 'Angry Dance'.
- Jackie Elliot - Billy's father who has recently been widowed and left to bring up his two sons. He is initially sceptical about Billy's future, although eventually decides he will support him, going against the miners strike and crossing the picket line in order to fund his son. He sings the emotional 'He Could Be a Star'.
- Tony Elliot - is Billy's Brother who is wholly supportive of the miner's strike. He hates Billy's dancing and attacks his father for crossing the picket line in order to help raise money for Billy.
- Sandra Wilkinson - Billy's dance teacher who first notices his talent and helps train him for the Royal Ballet School. She teaches weekly classes to girls in the town and teaches them to 'Shine' and that they were 'Born to Boogie'.
- Grandma Elliot - Billy's slightly batty Grandmother lives with the family and sings to Billy about the time she was a younger woman in 'Grandmother's Song'.
- Michael Caffrey - is Billy's Best friend who teaches him about the art of dressing up in women's clothing and the importance of 'Expressing Yourself'.
- 2006 Laurence Olivier Awards: Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Theatre Choreographer, Best Sound Design.
- 2009 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Leading Actor, Best Featured Actor, Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design.
- 2013 Laurence Olivier Awards: BBC Radio 2 Audience Award.