Adapted from the 2000 movie which went on to be nominated for 3 Oscars and 13 BAFTAs, Billy Elliot has become the most celebrated musical of the decade both nationally and internationally, having won 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
Billy Elliot is the story of a motherless boy’s dream as an aspiring ballet dancer. He pursues his passion in private to avoid disapproval from his family who are fighting to makes ends meeting during the UK miners’ strike from 1984 to 1985. Set in a fictional town in the North-East of England, Billy Elliot is the heart-warming story of the journey and personal struggle that the young boy goes through in order to win the approval of his family.
The score for the musical is composed by national treasure Elton John, with lyrics by Lee Hall who also wrote the film’s screenplay.
Performing to packed audiences night after night are Harris Beattie, Harrison Dowzell, Redmand Rance, and Kaine Ward who all play the role of Billy. Mrs. Wilkinson is played by Gillian Bevan.
Show Length and Times
Billy Elliot evening performances begin at 7.30pm from Monday to Saturday. Matinees are performed on Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm. The performance lasts for around 2 hours and 45 minutes, with a 15 minute interval.
“Billy’s a whizz! He’ll lift your spirits, make you cry and send you home high with hope. Dreamy dancing, full-rip staging, stonking songs a production of the most searing quality.”
Quentin Letts at the Daily Mail.
“Not since Blood Brothers first opened in 1983 has there been a new British musical to combine social commentary with a heartfelt story of adolescence as powerfully and melodically as Billy Elliot.”
Mark Shenton at the BBC.
“Billy Elliot succeeds brilliantly because Elton John’s music and, especially, Peter Darling’s choreography enhance Lee Hall’s cinematic concept.”
Michael Billington at The Guardian
“Billy Elliot strikes me as the greatest British musical I have ever seen. Elton John has written a wonderful score that ranges from folk to hard rock, from razzle-dazzle show tunes to soaring anthems of human solidarity and defiance. The whole cast is blessed with a freshness and sincerity I have rarely seen equaled, and one leaves this triumphant production in a mist of tears and joy.”
Charles Spencer at the Daily Telegraph
Billy Elliot Highlights:
Interview with the Resident Choreographer of Billy Elliot:
Interview with the Wigs Master of Billy Elliot: