Billy Elliot the Musical is one of the most successful musicals of this century. More than 12 million people across five continents have enjoyed its uplifting message, outstanding choreography and unforgettable songs. It has been garlanded with more than 80 awards.
The work made its transition from screen to stage in 2005, adapted from the Bafta-winning film of the same name. Brought to life by the team behind the movie, Lee Hall (book and lyrics), Stephen Daldry (direction) and Peter Darling (choreography), music was provided by the legendary Sir Elton John.
The story is set in north-east England during the 1984-5 coal miners’ strike. Eleven-year-old Billy learns to dance and, as a consequence, must deal with the negative stereotype of the male ballet dancer, manifested in the disapproval of his own working-class family.
Billy Elliot the Musical opened to astounding critical and popular acclaim. International success came when the curtain rose on the first Australian production in December 2007. In 2008, the show was rapturously received on Broadway, winning a whole new set of fans and numerous accolades, including 10 Tony Awards in 2009.
Productions followed in Chicago (2010) and Toronto (2011), while the North American touring version – which visited cities across the US and Canada from 2010 – finished its spectacular run with an engagement in São Paulo in 2013, the first time Billy Elliot had played in South America. Seoul saw the first foreign-language production in 2010, followed by the first Dutch production, which is currently playing at the Circustheater in The Hague.
An extraordinary theatrical experience, Billy Elliot has captivated audiences around the world.