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Billy Elliot the Musical London Victoria Palace Theatre

Billy Elliot The Musical LondonSet in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Billy’s journey takes him out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.

28th September 2014 saw a record-breaking twenty-five former and current Billy Elliots come together on stage in a specially choreographed mash-up finale of Billy Elliot the Musical. At a unique performance, broadcast live to eight countries from the show’s West End home at the Victoria Palace Theatre, all three original Billy Elliots – James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower – took part in the spectacular finale. Two special screenings of Billy Elliot the Musical Live also took place at the historic Easington Social Welfare Centre, formerly the Easington Colliery Miners’ Institute, one of the settings for Billy’s inspiring story.

In addition to the this weekend’s live broadcast, Billy Elliot the Musical will be screened to a further nine countries across four continents and due to huge public demand, it is announced today that encore screenings will take place in 350 cinemas throughout the UK on 2, 3, 4 and 5 October (see local cinema listings for details). It is also announced today that Billy Elliot the Musical Live will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on 24 November.

Live action from the show!

Elliott Hanna, 11 years old from Liverpool – the youngest boy ever to play the title role when he made his debut at just 10 years old – led the cast, joined by Liam Mower, 22 from Hull, who made his return to the show in the role of Older Billy for this special event, having been the first boy to play the role of Billy Elliot on stage in 2005. The performance was introduced by Billy Elliot’s director Stephen Daldry with a special message from composer Elton John.

Taking part in the mash-up finale were Liam Mower (22, from Hull), James Lomas, (24, from Sheffield), George Maguire (23, from Stanford-Le-Hope), Leon Cooke (23, from Newcastle under Lyme), Matthew Koon (20, from Salford, Lancashire), Dean McCarthy (22, from Dublin), Layton Williams (20, from Manchester), Joshua Fedrick (20, from Saltash, Cornwall), Fox Jackson-Keen (19, from Hornsey, London), Tom Holland (18, from Kingston-upon-Thames), Ollie Gardner (17, from Bath), Rhys Yeomans (16, from Oldham), Aaron Watson (16, from Kings Lynn, Norfolk), Scott McKenzie (17, from Dumbarton, Scotland), Josh Baker (16, from Rochester), Ryan Collinson (16, from Southport), Kaine Ward (15, from Hertfordshire), Harris Beattie (15, from Aberdeen), Harrison Dowzell (14, from Nottinghamshire), Redmand Rance (14, from Fareham) and Ali Rasul (13, from Hartlepool) will be joined by currently Billy Elliots – Elliott Hanna (11, from Liverpool), Bradley Perret (12, from Juan-les-Pins, France), Matteo Zecca (12, from Buckinghamshire) and Ollie Jochim (12, from Essex).

The adult cast of Billy Elliot is led by Ruthie Henshall as Billy’s dance teacher Mrs Wilkinson, Deka Walmsley as Billy’s dad, Chris Grahamson as Tony and Ann Emery as Grandma, joined by Claudia Bradley, Howard Crossley, Barnaby Meredith and David Muscat. Ensemble members are Craig Armstrong, David Bardsley, Paul Basleigh, Spencer Cartwright, Lucinda Collins, Gillian Elisa, Lee Hoy, Ruri James, Chris Jenkins, Charlie Martin, Alan Mehdizadeh, Steve Paget, Ben Redfern, Charlotte Riby, Mark John Richardson, Mike Scott, Phil Snowden, Wendy Somerville, Spencer Stafford and David Stoller.

Based on the Academy Award® nominated film, Billy Elliot the Musical has been dazzling London’s theatergoers at the Victoria Palace Theatre since 2005, and has gone on to captivate audiences around the world, winning over 80 theatre awards globally including 10 Tony Awards® and 5 Olivier Awards. Billy Elliot the Musical has now been seen by nearly 10 million people worldwide and is brought to life by the multiple award-winning creative team behind the film including writer Lee Hall (book and lyrics), director Stephen Daldry, and choreographer, Peter Darling, joined by Elton John who composed the show’s score. The production features scenic design by Ian MacNeil, the associate director is Julian Webber, costume design is by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch.

Productions of Billy Elliot the Musical have been staged on Broadway, as well as in Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, Toronto and Seoul, South Korea. The North American touring production, which began in 2010, finished its spectacular run in August 2013 with an engagement in São Paulo, Brazil, the first time Billy Elliot played in South America. The show will open in the Netherlands in November this year, and further international productions are currently planned.

Billy Elliot the Musical is presented in London by Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions in association with Tiger Aspect and is based on the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal film. The show is produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jon Finn and Sally Greene. Angela Morrison and David Furnish are executive producers.

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Billy Elliot The Musical

Victoria Palace Theatre Tickets
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees: Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm

Running Time: 3 hours
Age Restrictions: 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.
Currently booking to 19th December 2016
Important Info: Contains some bad language and violence.

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14 thoughts on “Billy Elliot the Musical London Victoria Palace Theatre”

  1. Just watch the live show in Essex at the cinema and it was fantastic, you felt like you were at the live show in London. Can’t wait until the DVD come out. Totally brilliant.

  2. Wow! Saw this at Vue Doncaster. Truly amazing production! Fantastic dancing and acting. Very moving, especially the scenes with Billy and his mum, and of Billy with his older self. Superb stage production. Loved how the scenery and props changed so smoothly. Loved the dancing clothes. We really felt like we were at the actual London performance. Can’t wait for the dvd which I will be buying for my mum as a souvenir.
    Lets have more live shows broadcast into theatres!

  3. Elliott Hanna you were on fire! Fantastic 3 hours spent at Vue cinema Inverness, Props were fantastic, well done to all the cast members. Simply amazing show!

  4. Watched the live screening at The Brindley in Runcorn. It was a fantastic show from start to finish – congratulations to all involved, on and off the stage.

    Elliott you were absolutely fantastic – proud to call you ‘my grandson’ – you are going to go on to great heights!

  5. Yvette Price-Mear OLM

    I was in the audience yesterday.
    I left with a migraine because I’d cried so much!

    24 hours on, I still haven’t come back down to earth! x

  6. Totally agree with all the comments posted here. I have seen the show in the West End, however this sold out screening at the Parkway Cinema in Cleethorpes was even better as one felt drawn in to the story and the atmosphere was electric. The whole production was just superb. Obviously a special mention is due for Elliott Hanna, amazing dancing, singing, acting & stamina for one so young. A wonderful talent for British musical theatre.

  7. We watched the show in the Odeon Southampton and it was “mind blowingly brilliant”…..everybody was clapping…lol
    The cast was indeed superb, I saw it in the Victoria Palace some years ago but this performance was something else …and that final mash-up at the end just knocked me out !

    Well done to a truly wonderful cast xx

  8. Absolutely fantastic. What talent. Eliot Hanna was superb. The whole production from beginning to end was marvelous and to watch it in the comfort of your local cinema was terrific. St Helens.

  9. In my previous comment I forgot to mention the outstanding performance of the boy who played the part of Michael. Excellent comedy timing, one to watch.

  10. Watched Billy in the cinema in St Helens today. What can I add to the comments above? Agree with them all – I laughed, I cried, I remembered (those grim days in the 1980s) but I also rejoiced at such a wonderful performance by all of the cast. FANTASTIC!

  11. valerie mcloughlin

    Saw this live in Dublin on Sunday – FABULOUS – and went again to the encore last night. Loved it and if those of you that missed it, FIND A CINEMA this weekend. Everybody played a blinder … well done!

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