Billy Elliot The Musical
One of the most award-winning shows on stage today, Billy Elliot the Musical has won the hearts of millions since it opened in London's West End and has gone on to captivate audiences around the world. Set 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 dreams come true. Follow Billy's journey as he stumbles 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.

Featuring a timeless score by Elton John, sensational dance and a powerful story, Billy Elliot the Musical, winner of the 2013 Olivier Audience Award, is a funny, uplifting and spectacular theatrical experience that will stay with you forever.
"A dazzling spectacle of dance, tears and laughter" - Daily Mail, ★★★★★

"Brit Musical of the decade has arrived" - The Daily Express ★★★★★

"Extraordinary... thrilling" - Time Out ★★★★★

This is not a time to beat about the bush. Billy Elliot strikes me as the greatest British musical I have ever seen... There is a rawness, a warm humour and a sheer humanity here that are worlds removed from the soulless slickness of most musicals. Yes, there are rough edges that would give Cameron Mackintosh a fit of the vapours, yes, there are occasional scenes that are not as powerfully played as those in the film. But there is so much more that is big and bold, imaginative and great-hearted. Lee Hall is again responsible for the script. His vivid and, be warned, expletive-filled dialogue turns on a sixpence from gamey humour to sudden depths of pathos, and his lyrics are sharp and evocative. The emotion in this production always seems real and spontaneous, rather than cunningly manipulated to pull at the heartstrings. And there is anger as well as joy, bitter resentment as well compassion, above all a sense of nagging grief... The whole cast is blessed with a freshness and sincerity I have rarely seen equalled, and one leaves this triumphant production in a mist of tears and joy. Charles Spencer, The Telegraph ★★★★★

After 4,600 performances, and due to the theatre's previously announced refurbishment programme, Billy Elliot the Musical will play its final performance at the Victoria Palace Theatre on 9 April 2016, just as the production celebrates its eleventh birthday. The show has been seen to date by over 5.25 million people in London and nearly 11 million people worldwide, has grossed over $800 million worldwide and is the winner of over 80 theatre awards internationally.

Eric Fellner, Producer and Co-Chairman of Working Title Films, said: "After eleven incredible years at the Victoria Palace Theatre, I join my fellow producers in expressing our gratitude to absolutely everyone involved in making the show the enormous success it has become. It has been a privilege to witness Billy Elliot's journey so far from producing the film in 1999 to the musical opening in London, Sydney, Melbourne, Broadway, Chicago, Seoul and Toronto amongst many other cities. I am delighted that Billy will continue his extraordinary journey when we begin our first UK and Ireland tour next year and look forward to the first Japanese production opening in Tokyo in 2017. Billy Elliot the Musical is Working Title's first theatre production and we could not be more delighted with how audiences in London and worldwide have embraced this young boy's inspirational story."

Jimmy Horowitz, President of Universal Pictures, said: "Billy Elliot is one of the finest examples of what makes live theatre so special. When a powerful story is combined with a brilliant creative team and brought to life on stage by a company of talented and generous artists, there is truly nothing like it. All of us at Universal Stage Productions congratulate each and every individual who has contributed to the extraordinary success of this production over the last eleven years, and offer a heartfelt thank you to our London audiences who have so lovingly embraced Billy Elliot since the very beginning. Billy is about community and we are very proud to have been a part of yours."

Elton John said: "I've said it before and it still remains true, Billy Elliot has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire life. The talented young performers who have become part of our Billy Elliot family have amazed me with their achievements from the very start. Each time I have revisited the show I have been moved by Billy's heart-warming story and his determination to achieve his dreams. I am so delighted that new audiences around the country will now have the opportunity to experience this extraordinary piece of work."

Stephen Daldry said: "After eleven years and forty two London Billy Elliots, there are a huge number of people to whom we are enormously grateful, who have offered encouragement and support behind the scenes to our incredible child performers. From the mums and dads to the dance teachers and teachers of every kind who have helped them along the way, we want to say a massive thank you. The story of a miner's son in the 80s who wanted to be a ballet dancer captured the imagination of audiences and critics alike and the dedication of everyone who has brought the show to life at the Victoria Palace Theatre and beyond has been exemplary. It has been a real privilege to have had the opportunity to retell Billy's story on stage with my fellow creative team - I genuinely could not be more proud. I am really looking forward to our next chapter when we introduce the show to new audiences around the country and beyond."

Lee Hall said: "The Victoria Palace has been Billy Elliot's home for eleven years and, after the film, was an incredible place to start our theatrical journey. Our show has become so much bigger than anything I could have imagined and what has been particularly gratifying is to hear how many people have been genuinely inspired by Billy's story. I can't wait to take the show on tour, especially to the North East - it's going to be an extraordinary thing to take Billy's story back to where it started."


Billy Elliot, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in the West End in May of this year, has announced a cast update.

Matthew Seadon-Young, whose most recent theatre credits include the ENO's Sweeney Todd, Urinetown The Musical, She Stoops To Conquer for the National Theatre and Les Mis at the Queen's, now plays the role of Billy's older brother Tony. It has also been announced that twelve-year-old Euan Garrett, from East Lothian, Scotland, will be making his London stage debut in the show as the forty-second boy to play the title role of Billy.

Ruthie Henshall and Deka Walmsley will continue as Mrs Wilkinson and Dad respectively, alongside Gillian Elisa as Grandma, Howard Crossley as George, Claudia Bradley as Dead Mum, Phil Snowden as Mr Braithwaite and James Butcher as Older Billy.

With music by Elton John and based on the film of the same name, Billy Elliot has been seen by over 10.5 million people worldwide. The show has been presented on Broadway, where it won the Tony Award for Best New Musical, as well as productions in Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, Toronto, Seoul, the Netherlands and São Paulo in Brazil.


On Sunday 28 September 2014, Billy Elliot the Musical is set to bring cinema goers to their feet when the global stage phenomenon is broadcast live from the West End to cinemas across the UK and around the world.

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.

The internationally celebrated show, which has now been seen by over 9.5 million people worldwide, is brought to life by the multiple award-winning creative team behind the film including writer Lee Hall (book & lyrics), director Stephen Daldry, and choreographer, Peter Darling, joined by music legend Elton John who composed the show's score.

Elton John said: !Billy Elliot has always had a very special place in my heart and being involved in the musical has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Broadcasting the show live to cinemas is a new venture for all of us and will make for a very special event. It's going to be a thrilling day for everyone at our home at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London and we hope cinema audiences will be as excited as we are to see Billy Elliot the Musical brought to life for the first time on screen."

Stephen Daldry said: "Billy Elliot's journey has been extraordinary. I still remember well our first day on the set of the film almost 16 years ago. It's incredible to think that next year we will celebrate 10 years of the show in London and that it has been performed to so many millions across five continents. We are thrilled to be sharing this special performance with audiences around the world."

Lee Hall said: "It will be great to see Billy Elliot achieve another milestone at what is set to be an amazing event. At our home in the West End we usually perform to an audience of 1,500. It is wonderful to think that this special performance will be seen by people in their local cinemas across many countries. This next chapter will be particularly poignant for us as Billy will briefly be returning to his beginnings on the cinema screen."


Last week saw the ninth anniversary of Billy Elliot The Musical's official opening at the Victoria Palace Theatre, marked with the addition of several new faces to the cast.

Eleven year old Matteo Zecca (Billy) and ten year old Kyria Cooper (Debbie) had their first performances alongside new cast members Ruthie Henshall as Billy's dance teacher Mrs Wilkinson, Chris Grahamson who plays Billy's brother Tony and Barnaby Meredith who returns to the production to play Older Billy.

Matteo Zecca from Buckinghamshire makes his West End debut in the title role, becoming the thirty seventh boy to play Billy Elliot in the West End. Kyria Cooper, ten years old from Hartlepool, joins the cast to alternate the role of Debbie, Billy's dance teacher's daughter. Later this month eleven year old Tomi Fry will join the cast to alternate the role of Billy's best friend Michael.

The internationally celebrated show, which has now been seen by over 9.5 million people worldwide, is currently booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre to 16 May 2015 and features music by Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall. Stephen Daldry directs with choreography by Peter Darling.


Ruthie Henshall is to join the cast of Billy Elliot from May, playing the role of Billy's ballet teacher Mrs Wilkinson.

Ruthie is well known as a musical theatre performer. Having made her West End debut in Cats in 1987, she went on to appear in numerous hit musicals such as Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Crazy For You, Oliver!, Chicago and She Loves Me (for which she won an Olivier award for Best Actress in a Musical).

Billy Elliot The Musical will this year celebrate its ninth birthday at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Based on the Oscar nominated film and featuring the musical mastery of Sir Elton John, the show tells the inspirational tale of a young boy from a Northern mining town who harbours ambitions of attending the Royal Ballet School and, with gritty determination, has to prove his doubters wrong.

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Type of production: Musical

Opened: 11 March 2005

Booking until: 09 April 2016

Running time: 3 hrs

Prices: £26.00 - £129.00

Author / playwright: Lee Hall

Director: Stephen Daldry

Music by: Elton John

Cast: Ruthie Henshaw