Ruthie Henshall explains the story of Billy Elliot

The West End star who is currently playing Mrs Wilkinson provides a recap on the story of Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot has been dazzling London’s West End since 2005, and has gone on to captivate audiences around the world.

Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.

With music by Elton John, sensational dance and a powerful storyline, this theatrical experience has now seen by over 9.5 million people worldwide.