Billy Elliot

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  • Mrs Wilkinson played by Anna Jane Casey
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  • Billy Elliot performed at the Palace Theatre Victoria
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Billy Elliot is based on the film written by Lee Hall and directed by Stephen Daldry released in 2000 which starred Jamie Bell and Julie Walters.

Billy Elliot – The Musical premiered in London’s West End in 2005. With a score by Elton John and Book and Lyrics by Lee Hall, who wrote the screenplay, and directed by Stephen Daldry.

Billy Elliot would go on to be nominated for nine Laurence Olivier Awards, winning four including Best New Musical. In New York, it won ten Tony Awards and ten Drama Desk Awards, including in both instances, Best New Musical.

The show has now been seen by over 8 million people all over the world and has recently been braodcast in cinemas world-wide to record breaking audiences.

Set during the miners’ strike of 1984/85 in a mining town in the North East of England, Billy Elliot is the sensational telling of one young boy’s battle to see his dreams become a reality despite all the stigma and prejudice inherent in his everyday life. This powerful story sees Billy stumbling out of a boxing class to encounter ballet, and with the inspiration and vision of his Ballet teacher, Mrs Wilkinson, he is free to uncover his true passion; dance.

This is a journey of self discovery, love, family and friendship that sees not just Billy – but his friends, family and the community at large coming together enabling him to change his life for good. Billy Elliot is a story of blind faith, true passion and determination.

International musical theatre star Ruthie Henshall is currently playing Mrs Wilkinson in the London production of Billy Elliot.

Over 7 million people worldwide have seen Billy Elliot the Musical including HM The Queen, Hilary Clinton, Nicole Kidman, Bill Gates, Ben Stiller, Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Anna Wintour, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Hugh Jackman, Vice President Joe Biden and Kevin Spacey. Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and score writer, Elton John, have all made cameo appearances in the show.

Since its world premiere, 27 boys have played Billy in London, 10 have played Billy in Australia and 13 boys have played the title role on Broadway. A total of 61 boys, including Jamie Bell who played Billy Elliot in the award-winning film, have now performed the title role, some having performed in more than one production or moved continent to play the role. The boys playing Billy have to date hailed from England, Ireland, Scotland, USA, Canada, Australia and Switzerland.

Billy Elliot featured in several episodes of hit comedy Will and Grace as Will travelled to London to see the show- his favourite!

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Billy – Elliott Hanna
Billy – Bradley Perret
Billy – Ollie Jochim
Billy – Matteo Zecca
Mrs Wilkinson – Ruthie Henshall
Dad – Deka Walmsley
Grandma – Ann Emery
Tony – Chris Grahamson
Older Billy – Barnaby Meredith
Howard Crossley
David Muscat
Claudia Bradley
Zach Atkinson
Rodd Bell
Tomi Fry
Kyria Cooper
Dayna Dixon
Demi Lee

Music – Elton John
Book & Lyrics – Lee Hall
Director – Stephen Daldry
Choreographer – Peter Darling
Set Designer – Ian MacNeil
Costume Designer – Nicky Gillibrand
Lighting Designer – Rick Fisher
Sound Design – Paul Arditti

Stephen Daldry’s production is a model of fluidity and intelligence. He constantly reminds us that the special power of the musical is that it can express a lyrical idea through physical action. Thus, when Ann Emery, as Billy’s gran, sings of her sour memories of her husband, we get on the other side of the stage a collective demonstration of the slow movements of the inebriated working-class male. It is the kind of effect that can only be achieved in a musical.
The Guardian

This is not a time to beat about the bush. Billy Elliot strikes me as the greatest British musical I have ever seen, and I have not forgotten Lionel Bart’s Oliver! or Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. There is a rawness, a warm humour and a sheer humanity here that are worlds removed from the soulless slickness of most musicals.
Charles Spencer, The Telegraph

Olivier Awards 2006
Best New Musical
Best Actor In A Musical – James Lomas, George Macquire and Liam Mower
Bes Theatre Choreographer – Peter Darling
Best Sound Design – Paul Arditti
Olivier Awards 2013 – Audience Award for Most Popular Show

Drama Desk Awards 2009
Outstanding Musical
Outstanding Book Of a Musical – Lee Hall
Outstanding Featured Actor In A Musical – Gregory Jbara
Outstanding Featured Actress In a Musical – Haydn Gwynne
Outstanding Director of a Musical – Stephen Daldry
Outstanding Choreography – Peter Darling
Outstanding Orcehstrations – Martin Koch
Outstanding Music – Elton John
Outstanding Lighting Design – Rick Fisher
Outstanding Sound Design – Paul Arditti

Outer Critics Circle Awards
Outstanding New Broadway Score
Outstanding New Score
Outstanding Featured Actor In a Musical – Gregory Jbara
Outstanding featured Actress in a Musical – Haydn Gwynne
Outstanding Director of a Musical – Stephen Hall
Outstanding Choreography – Peter Darling
Outstanding Lighting Design – Rick Fisher

2009 Tony Awards
Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical – Lee Hall
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical – David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical – Gregory Jbara
Best Direction of a Musical – Stephen Daldry
Best Choreography – Peter Darling
Best Orchestrations – Martin Koch
Best Scenic Design – Ian MacNeil
Best Lighting Design – Rick Fisher
Best Sound Design – Paul Arditti

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