Theatre Preview: Billy Elliott the Musical @ Bristol Hippodrome
by Abi Hack
Seen by nearly 11 million people across five continents and the recipient of over 80 awards internationally (including ten Tony Awards and five Olivier Awards), Billy Elliott the Musical will appear at The Bristol Hippodrome from the 25th October to the 26th November 2016 as part of its first ever UK and Ireland Tour.
Based in a Northern mining town and set against the backdrop of the 1984/5 miners’ strike, Billy Elliott the Musical follows the journey of a young boy who discovers a passion for ballet and in challenges and inspires the family and community that surrounds him.
Following nationwide auditions and an intensive rehearsal process, sharing this year’s title role, Billy Elliot, will be Adam Abbou (South Pacific, Peter Pan at the Liverpool Empire), Matthew Lyons (Matthew Bourne’s production of Lord of the Flies at the Bradford Alhambra), Haydn May (Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan at the Theatre Royal, Bath) and Lewis Smallman (The Sound of Music at Sutton Town Hall and English Youth Ballet’s Swan Lake).
Writer Lee Hall (book and lyrics)
Director Stephen Daldry
Associate director Julian Webber
Choreographer Peter Darling
Scenic design Ian MacNeil
Costume design Nicky Gillibrand
Lighting design Rick Fisher
Sound design Paul Arditti
Musical supervision/orchestrations Martin Koch
Venue The Bristol Hippodrome
Dates Tuesday 25 October – Saturday 26 November 2016
Times 7.30 pm (Mon – Sat) 2.30 pm (Thu & Sat)
Tickets from £22.00 (plus booking fee)
Age recommendation 8+
Running time TBC
0844 871 3012
The boys will be accompanied on stage by Henry Farmer, Elliot Stiff and Samuel Torpey, who will alternate in the role of Billy’s best friend Michael, as well as Lilly Cadwallender, Evie Martin and Italia Ross who will share the role of Debbie. They all join Annette McLaughlin (Matilda, Chicago and Anything Goes) as Mrs Wilkinson, Martin Walsh (Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Coronation Street and Shameless) as Dad, Scott Garnham (Les Misérables, I Can’t Sing and Made In Dagenham) as Tony and Andrea Miller (Sister Act, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Blood Brothers and Annie) as Grandma.
Billy Elliot the Musical is presented by Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions and is based on the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal film. The show is produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jon Finn and Sally Greene. Angela Morrison and David Furnish are executive producers.