Last week we were exclusively invited to the dress rehearsal for the first ever Billy Elliot UK tour at the Theatre Royal Plymouth! This meant we were the first to see the production prior to it opening to the general public and experience first-hand the excitement of a new production coming together on stage!
Billy Elliot tells the story of a young Northern boy who accidentally stumbles into a ballet lesson and finds out he has a talent. The story tells of his struggle to learn to dance set against the backdrop of the Miner’s strike back in the early 80’s. Eventually his family find out his secret and against all odds, Billy gets an audition for the Royal Ballet School.
From 5 minutes in, you can see why this Musical has been playing to packed houses in London’s West End for the past 11 years. This show has it all, wonderful music by Elton John, amazing sets, powerful acting and amazing dancing. The adult cast, Billy’s family and his teacher, Mrs Wilkinson are all superb in their roles but it is the children who steal the show. Billy, his friend Michael, who is hilarious, young Debbie and the Ballet girls are all so professional.
The Audience were spellbound from start to finish.With the clever integration of the violence of the time and the innocence of children dancing, this show is one of the best I have ever seen. A mention must be made that there is a lot of swearing in this show, which is in keeping with the subject matter, however we felt it is unsuitable for youngsters under 10.
Unfortunately we were unable to take photography at the event, so excuse the lack of imagery in the post. That said, I would give this 10/10 and I have already booked to see it again! Therefore, I wouldn’t hesitate recommending this show to anybody.