Billy Elliot dances into 2015
BILLY Elliot the Musical has once again extended its booking period at the Victoria Palace Theatre, this time until May 16, 2015, during which time the internationally award-winning show will celebrate 10 years in the West End.
Billy Elliot the Musical, which received its world premiere on March 31, 2005 at the Victoria Palace Theatre, has seen thirty four boys play the title role in London, while 71 boys have played the role worldwide. And the company, with ages ranging from six to 83, has included 430 children.
Since its first performance, Billy has danced his way through more than 3,500 performances in London’s West End. As well as many VIP visitors including royalty, politicians, Olympians and stars of stage and screen, Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osborne have all played cameo roles accompanied at a special gala performance by Elton John who stepped into the role of ballet class pianist, Mr Braithwaite.
Winner of five Olivier Awards, including the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Audience Award voted for by the theatregoing public, and recipient of over 80 awards internationally, including ten 2009 Tony Awards, Billy Elliot the Musical has now played over 7000 performances globally, has been seen by over 4 million people in the West End and over 9 million worldwide, across five continents.
Based on the Oscar nominated film, Billy Elliot the Musical is an inspirational story of one boy’s dream to realise his ambitions against the odds. Set in the North East of England against the background of the historic 1984/85 miners’ strike, Billy pursues his passion for dance in secret to avoid the disapproval of his struggling family.
On July 7, 2013, ten year old Elliott Hanna from Liverpool became the thirty-fourth and youngest boy ever to play Billy Elliot in the West End. At the same time, ten year old Demi Lee from Middlesborough joined the cast as Billy’s dance teacher’s daughter Debbie.
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