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.
This heart-warming story is set in a traditional mining community in the North East of England. It is about a young boy, Billy Elliot and his dream – that of dancing. Equally funny and yet intensely moving it is a musical that will leave you on the edge of your seat throughout.
This musical is based on the hit 2000 film ‘Billy Elliot’ which instantly struck a chord with many people. 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. This is set to be 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?
• The cast currently includes Ruthie Henshall as Mrs Wilkinson, plus Euan Garrett, Thomas Hazelby, Brodie Donougher and Nat Sweeney alternating in the role of Billy (correct as of January 2016).
• As well as London, Billy Elliot The Musical has also been seen Broadway, in Sydney, Toronto and Chicago. It has also embarked on tours of the UK and the US.
• Its Laurence Olivier Awards include wins in the following categories: Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Theatre Choreographer, Best Sound Design and the 2013 Audience Award for Most Popular Show.
|Booking From:||Wednesday, 10th February 2016|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 9th 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.|
|Thu:||2.30pm and 7.30pm|
|Sat:||2.30pm and 7.30pm|
|Wednesday, 10 Feb, 2016||Victoria Palace Theatre, London||Billy Elliot|
|Thursday, 11 Feb, 2016||Victoria Palace Theatre, London||Billy Elliot|
|Friday, 12 Feb, 2016||Victoria Palace Theatre, London||Billy Elliot|
|Saturday, 13 Feb, 2016||Victoria Palace Theatre, London||Billy Elliot|
|Monday, 15 Feb, 2016||Victoria Palace Theatre, London||Billy Elliot|
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