Billy Elliot - Victoria Palace Theatre

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Venue Information
Victoria Palace Theatre

Victoria Palace Theatre
Victoria Street
London
London
SW1E 5EA

Seating Plan

Directions

Directions
(2mins) The theatre is on the Wilton Road bend and can be seen from the station.

Review Summary
Average Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars based on 100 review(s)

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Latest Review: "What a fantastic show we have seen. The cast were fantastic . Billy and Michael were brilliant an..."

Age Restriction: Contains frequent strong language, children under 7 will not be admitted. Not recommended for children under 12. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Important Info: Contains some bad language and violence.  Ruthie Henshall will not appear on selected Tuesday performances.

Take a trip to the North East of England and meet Billy Elliot, the boy with an unconventional dream and the determination to make it against all odds. With only a short time left at the Victoria Palace Theatre, now is the chance to see why this inspiring and funny musical has won over the hearts of crowds all over the world.

This musical is based on Billy Elliot, the hit film that instantly struck a chord with many people when it was released in 2000.  The highly successful film broke box office records in many parts of the UK and abroad and was also nominated for a clutch of awards which included thirteen BAFTAS, three Golden Globes and three Oscars. 

The director from the hit film, Stephen Daldry returns along with choreographer Peter Darling and writer Lee Hall and they are now joined by legendary performer Sir Elton John. No wonder it became one of the most unforgettable musicals of the decade!    

Set during the miner’s strike of 1984, Billy Elliot tells the story of a young boy from a traditional working class background in County Durham.  This is a time when families were divided, loyalties strained and confrontations with the police occurred on a regular basis.  Billy’s father and brother, Tony are a part of this world and are trying to get by on strike pay but things are very difficult for them.  

It is also a tough, masculine world in which boys are expected to do Boxing, Football or Rugby but certainly not dancing which is considered upper class and effeminate.  Billy has a talent for dance especially ballet which is spotted by cynical, world weary dance teacher, Mrs Wilkinson at her weekly ballet class. She sees that Billy has something special and encourages him to pursue this with ultimate aim of an audition for the Royal Ballet School.

However, this does not go down well with Billy’s family or the mining community.  His father tries to prevent him but eventually he recognises Billy’s talent and passion and decides to help him fulfil his dream.  He and the other miners rally around and donate their strike pay to pay for Billy’s audition at the Royal Ballet School.

Billy and his father attend the audition.  A very nervous Billy, convinced that he has done badly, allows his emotions to take over and punches another applicant in the face.

He and his father than face the auditioning panel who reprimand Billy and then mention about a letter, received from Mrs Wilkinson in support of Billy’s application.

It appears as if all is lost yet before Billy leaves he asked about his feelings for dance.  He appears lost for words and then he launches into a passionate and intensely poignant speech about his love for dance which moves the panel.

Back in County Durham, Billy receives a letter from the Royal Ballet School.  He opens it, throws it in the bin and informs his family that he didn’t make it but his brother picks it out of the bin and tells everyone that in fact Billy has made it and will be going to London.

Billy visits Mrs Wilkinson to thank her and then leaves to pursue his dream at the Royal Ballet School in London.

How does he get on?  That’s another story………

Note: this musical contains some bad language and as such is not suitable for children aged 12 and under.

 

Did You Know?

• A number of young performers take on the role of Billy. Currently they are Brodie Donougher, Euan Garrett, Thomas Hazelby and Nat Sweeney (correct as of February 2016).
• The cast also currently includes Ruthie Henshall as Mrs Wilkinson, Deka Walmsley as Billy’s Dad, Gillian Elisa as Grandma and Phil Snowden as Mr Braithwaite (correct as of February 2016).
• The show’s musical numbers include Expressing Yourself, Deep Into The Ground, Electricity and Once We Were Kings.
• Its Laurence Olivier Awards include wins in the following categories: Best Actor in a Musical, Best New Musical, Best Theatre Choreographer, Best Sound Design and the 2013 Audience Award for Most Popular Show.

Show Information
Booking From: Thursday, 7th April 2016
Booking Until: Thursday, 7th April 2016
Running Time: 3 hours
Age Restriction: Contains frequent strong language, children under 7 will not be admitted. Not recommended for children under 12. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Important Info: Contains some bad language and violence.  Ruthie Henshall will not appear on selected Tuesday performances.
Show Status: production_closed
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