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 disapproval of his struggling family.
The cast includes Gillian Bevan (Mrs. Wilkinson), Killian Donnelly (Tony), Ann Emery (Grandma),Deka Walmsley (Dad), Sean Kearns (George), Kay Milbourne (Dead Mum), Simon Ray Harvey (Mr. Braithwaite), Barnaby Meredith (Older Billy) and new ensemble members Matthew Dale, David Muscat, Nic Greenshields, Ruri James and Spencer Stafford who join Craig Armstrong, David Bardsley, Paul Basleigh, Dawn Buckland, James Butcher, Spencer Cartwright, Lucinda Collins, Gillian Elisa, Helen French, Sergio Giacomelli, Ian Gareth Jones, Connor McAllister, Steve Paget, Steph Parry and Mike Scott.
Harris Beattie, 14 years old from Aberdeen, Scotland, Harrison Dowzell, 12 years old from Nottinghamshire, Redmand Rance, 12 years old from Fareham, Hampshire and Kaine Ward, 13 years old, from Hertfordshire, alternate the role of Billy. Ten year old Thomas Moore from Armthorpe, Doncaster, 10 year old Jack Bromage-Eccles from Nuneaton and 12 year old Joe Massey from South Wirrell alternate the role of Billy's best friend Michael. Ten year old Millie Thornton from Grangetown, Sunderland, 10 year old Dayna Dixon from Newcastle upon Tyne and 10 year old Macy Stasiak from Darlington alternate the role of Debbie.
Billy Elliot the Musical features music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, is directed by Stephen Daldry with choreography by Peter Darling. 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.
Billy Elliot the Musical opened in the West End at the Victoria Palace Theatre in 2005. Productions have also been staged on Broadway, as well as Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, Toronto and Seoul, South Korea. A US tour continues across North America, with further international productions planned.