Plays Directory : Billy Elliot The Musical

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Lee Hall, Elton John
  • Written
    2005
  • Setting
    Britain, 1980s and 1990s
  • Overview
    The film is set during the UK miners' strike (1984–1985), and centres on the life of Billy (Jamie Bell), his love of dance, and his hope to become a professional ballet dancer. Billy's father (Gary Lewis) and older brother Tony (Jamie Draven) are both out on strike. Billy's mother is no longer alive and Billy's and Tony's invalid Nan (Jean Heywood) lives with the family.

    Billy is taken to the boxing gym by his father, but he finds out that he does not really like the sport. Part of the boxing gym is used by a ballet class because their usual studio in the basement of the sports centre is being used as a soup kitchen for the striking miners. He is drawn in by the ballet teacher (Julie Walters), and with her help, secretly starts taking ballet lessons. Billy's father finds out after the boxing teacher makes comment of Billy's absence. Billy is then forbidden to dance but continues secretly because he is becoming passionate about it.

    As a consequence of Tony's arrest during a confrontation between police and striking miners, Billy misses an important audition for the Royal Ballet School. His ballet teacher goes to their house to tell his father about the missed opportunity. Billy's father and brother, fearing that Billy will be seen as a "poof," become outraged at the idea of him becoming a professional ballet dancer.

    Once having accidentally seen Billy dance, however, his father realises that his son is truly gifted and is willing to do whatever it takes to help him realise his dream. He attempts to cross the picket line to pay for Billy's training, but is stopped by his older son. Instead, his fellow miners and the neighbourhood raise money for Billy. His father takes Billy to London himself to audition for the Royal Ballet School. Billy is accepted to the Royal Ballet, and leaves home at age 11 to attend the school.

    The film ends with a scene that takes place fourteen years later (approximately 1999), when Billy has finally reached his goal through dancing: the older Billy (dancer/actor Adam Cooper) takes the stage to perform the lead in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake as his father and brother watch in the audience.

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8 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Ed Burnside
Ed Burnside
Director
2017, Resident Director
U.K. And Ireland Tour
Gemma Avant
Gemma Avant
Costume Designer
2017, Dresser
Gemma Avant
Gemma Avant
Costume Designer
2017, Dresser
Andrea Miller
2017, Grandma
Touring
Nikki Gerrard
2017, Dead Mam
Bradley Dockerill
Bradley Dockerill
Child Actor
2017, Billy
The venue
Lauren Thornton
Lauren Thornton
Wardrobe Assistant
2017, Dresser
Liverpool Empire
George Brooks
2017, Tony Elliot
Billy Cashin
Billy Cashin
Child Actor
2017, Michael
Cardinal Newman Secondary School
Jaymee Hayes
Jaymee Hayes
Sound No.2 / A2
2017, Sound No. 3/Operator
UK & Ireland Tour.
Ketziah Broad
Ketziah Broad
Child Actor
2017, General Cast
South Bromsgrove High School
Charlie Mitchell
Charlie Mitchell
Lighting Technician
2017, Stage Crew
Mayflower Theatre
Ashleigh Allcroft
Ashleigh Allcroft
Stage Assistant / Stagehand
2017, Stage hand
Manchester Palace
Jack Smith
Jack Smith
Automation 1
2017, tech ASM
Alistair Sutton
Alistair Sutton
Assistant Stage Manager
2017, Stage LX
Mayflower Theatre
Paul Leslie
Paul Leslie
Flyman
2017, Head Flyman
Milton Keynes Theatre
Chris Warwick
Chris Warwick
Deputy Production Manager
2017, Stagehand
Milton Keynes theatre
Laura Smith
Laura Smith
Stage Manager
2017, Assistant Stage Manager - Book Cover
Luke Peck
Luke Peck
Carpenter
2017, Production Automation
Keelan Ballantyne
2017, Ensemble/Scab Supervisor
Sudbury Theatre Centre

Alternative Names

Billy Elliot, Billy Elliot The Musical by Lee Hall, Elton John