Billy Elliot extends booking at Victoria Palace
The musical opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre on 11 May 2005, following previews from 31 March, to terrific notices from the popular press. It has book & Lyrics by Lee Hall & Music by Elton John. It is directed by Stephen Daldry, designed by Ian MacNeil, lighting by Rick Fisher, costumes by Nicky Gillibrand, choreography by Peter Darling, sound by Paul Arditti. Produced by Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan co-Chairmen of Working Title Films and theatre impresario Sally Greene, from Old Vic Productions along with Jon Finn.
The current cast is Anna-Jane Casey (Mrs. Wilkinson), Deka Walmsley (Dad),Kevin Wathen (Tony), Ann Emery (Grandma), Howard Crossley (George), Kay Milbourne (Dead Mum), Simon Ray Harvey (Mr. Braithwaite), Alexander Loxton (Older Billy) .
The story of a boy from a humble Tyneside background, whose mother is dead, and whose father and brother are caught up in the bitterly fought community-splitting miner's strike of 1984. Billy's father wants his son to learn to box, like him and his father before him. But instead Billy becomes fascinated by the grace and magic of ballet. BILLY ELLIOT is about Billy's gritty and determined struggle, at first in secret, but then with the wholehearted backing of his family, to dance his way to the brightest of futures by winning a place at the Royal Ballet School.