Billy Elliot the Musical has spent 12 years in the West End but it’s finally on tour and it’s arrived at Birmingham.
Billy Elliot the Musical has been seen by over 10 million people across 5 continents and collecting over 80 awards along the way, the hit West End show is on its first ever UK and Ireland tour.
The tour opened at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in February 2016 and it’s now showing at The Birmingham Hippodrome which is the UK’s most popular single auditorium theatre welcoming, on average, over 500,000 visitors every year.
Billy Elliot the Musical takes audiences back to the 80s and tells the tale of a young boy who doesn’t want to be a boxer – but a ballet dancer.
Billy’s touching story grips sold out theatres showing how he started with nothing to performing on the London stage and gaining stardom.
We had a rollercoaster of an evening with laughter, tears and breathtaking moments.
There are four ‘Billy’s’ who are touring with the production, the young actors take it in turns to star in the show each night – Lewis Smallman, Haydn May, Emile Gooding and the Billy we saw Adam Abbou.
Adam brilliantly portrayed a County Durham lad in 1984’s during the miners’ strike.
From the musical numbers to the heartbreaking ‘Letter’ scene where Billy and Mrs Wilkinson share a heartfelt moment reading a letter that was written by Billy’s mum before she died – The show definitely deserves the praise its received.
Adam’s co-star Michael played by Samuel Torpey on the night we visited The Hippodrome had the audience belly laughing throughout the show, and his number ‘Express Yourself’ was one of the highlights of the night as it showed the relationship between Michael and Billy in one glittery and sparkly showstopper.
From the dark times families endured in the north during the 1984 miners strike, Billy Elliot shows that all you need is support and a passion to succeed in the dullest times.
Legendary Elton John’s music helps carry the show to new levels with a live orchestra along with the innovative use of props and lighting – this makes the show’s atmosphere a hundred times more electrifying and dramatic.
Billy Elliot is an extraordinary theatrical experience and it’s a must if you haven’t seen it before – and if you’ve seen it in the West End, go see the tour, it’ll surprise you the talent that travels with the show.
Our review of Billy Elliot the Musical is awarded 5 stars out of 5. ★★★★★
Runs at Birmingham Hippodrome until April 29th.