WhatsOnStage Logo

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

WhatsOnStage logo

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.