Billy Elliot

Musical

Writers: Lee Hall Elton John

Overview

Show Information

Book
Music
Lyrics
Based on the Play/Book/Film
Billy Elliot (2000 film)
Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2
Tony Award®
Best Musical 2009
First Produced
2005
Genres
Drama, Comedy
Settings
Contemporary, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
early 1980s, county durham, united kingdom
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Medium
Dancing
Heavy
Ideal for
Large Cast, Star Vehicle Male
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes early teen, adult, mature adult, young adult, elderly, late teen characters

Synopsis

Billy Elliot tells the story of a young boy from a coal mining village in northeast England who transcends class and circumstance to become a ballet star. The musical is set against the backdrop of the 1984-5 miners strike, which tragically affects the whole village. Billy is looked after by his father, brother, and grandfather, after his mother’s death a few years earlier. They are not well off and have no experience with, or tolerance for, the arts. His dad and brother are totally against the idea of him learning to dance but Billy finds himself drawn towards the ballet world. As a result, Billy is forced to take his boxing lesson money and use it secretly for dance lessons from local dance teacher Mrs. Wilkinson. She quickly notices that Billy is a prodigy and takes him under her wing. Soon, despite his family’s resistance, Mrs. Wilkinson manages to get Billy an audition with The Royal Ballet School in London. The village learns to overcome their ill-founded prejudices and, along with Billy’s father, come around to support Billy's dream to become a dancer as Billy defies the odds and is finally accepted into The Royal Ballet School.

Lead Characters