Set against the North-eastern mining strikes of the 1980s, the musical recounts the tale of a motherless boy whose father wants him to learn to box but who instead discovers a love for ballet that leads him from secret lessons to a place at the Royal Ballet School.
Since its opening, Billy Elliot has grossed over £55 million and been seen by more than 1.5 million people. Amongst the show’s many accolades are the sweep of the UK’s Best Musical/New Musical trophies at the Evening Standard, Critics’ Circles, Whatsonstage.com and Olivier Awards. The stage production reunites the creative team behind the 2000 British film: director Stephen Daldry, writer Lee Hall and choreographer Peter Darling. The musical features an original score by pop singer-songwriter Elton John, with lyrics by Hall.
To celebrate the show’s second birthday, two of the current Billys – Oliver Taylor and Travis Yates – tucked into cake along with the ballerina girl buddies, including Mia McKenna Bruce. Photos are by Alistair Muir.