Billy Elliot the Musical is set to make its Edinburgh debut as part of its first ever tour of Ireland and the UK.
The hit show, which is currently running at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre, will twirl into the Edinburgh Playhouse from Tuesday, September 20 until Saturday, October 22 next year for its only Scottish tour dates.
The musical, which has been running in London’s West End since 2005 and features an original score composed by Elton John, is set in a northern town during the 1984 – 1985 UK miners’ strike and follows the story of an 11-year-old boy going against the odds to make it as a ballet dancer.
Since its debut, the show has been staged on Broadway and in Australia, been seen by more than ten million people worldwide and has won in excess of 80 international awards, including five Olivier Awards and ten Tony Awards. In 2006, Liam Mower, James Lomas and George Maguire, the first three boys to play Billy Elliot, became the youngest performers ever to have won the Olivier Award for Best Actor.
Directed by Stephen Daldry, the production is also scheduled to be performed in Plymouth, Sunderland, Bradford, Cardiff, Dublin, Bristol, Manchester and Southampton before wrapping up in Birmingham in May 2017. Despite extensive international touring, the show has never travelled accross the UK.
The film on which the musical is based was released in 2000 and starred Jamie Bell in the title role, whose performance won him a BAFTA for Best Actor in a Leading Role. It also featured Gary Lewis as Billy’s father, Jamie Draven as his older brother and Julie Walters as his ballet teacher.
Billy Elliot, Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Edinburgh, September 20 – October 22, 7.30pm (matinee performances on selected dates), £20 – £57.50, 0844 871 3014
Word: Amy Anderson