- Book and lyrics by Lee Hall
- Music by Elton John
The Electrifying Musical with Unstoppable Feeling
“So exhilarating that at times you feel like leaping” —New York Daily News
Based on the acclaimed film, and supported with music by Elton John, Billy Elliot is an inspiring tale of courage, ambition, and overcoming adversity. It’s 1984 and County Durham’s coal miners are set to go on strike when 11-year-old Billy finds his way into Mrs. Wilkinson’s ballet class following his boxing lesson. Enthralled with dance and showing inherent ability, Billy is encouraged to audition for the prestigious Royal Ballet School in London, but he fears the reactions of his father and brother, who are both wrapped up in the escalating strike situation. The astounding winner of 10 Tony Awards, this global musical phenomenon is a theatre experience that will stay with you forever.
Running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one intermission
Contains mature themes and graphic language.
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"Billy Elliot was a tour de force! I loved every minute of it"
"Excellent play, excellent evening"
–Brian, North Vancouver
"Billy Elliot is a first class production that tugs at your heartstrings and makes you root for little Billy to succeed and be accepted by his family and community. It makes you hope you will recognize the Billys in your life"
–Rhona, North Vancouver
"We found the performance inspiring with great acting, singing, and dancing–it gave us a lift in spirits. It is wonderful to see such quality from youthful actors. The young man who played Billy is very talented and we hope he achieves his dreams in the future"
–Johanna & Derek, New Westminster
"Keep up the good work. I feel the Arts Club gives us a great variety of productions. Thank you to all involved"
–Joy, North Vancouver
"It was very well done–singing and dancing, all spectacular"
"The dancing was amazing. I found the scene where Billy and Mrs. Wilkinson read the letter from Billy's Mum to be very moving. I found the tension between the cops and the miners to feel very real. Billy's audition scene was extraordinary–he is so talented. I would see it again"
"This was an incredibly moving and exciting show. I am in awe of the talent of our young people in the performing arts–I thought they were exceptional in this performance. The musical itself is very engaging–the time flies by. It is a must-see"
"One of the best performances"
"I thought the standard of this production was very good. It had the grit of the story, interspersed with plenty of humorous moments. Also a damn good take on the accent, very impressive!"
"I saw the Billy Elliot production in London and this was every bit as good"
"Billy Elliot is an explosive play. Lots of action, good music, and outstanding performances. Sets, costumes, choreography–all kept the evening interesting. Well done Arts Club!"
"I enjoyed the performance. Billy was delightful as a young boy and a young man. I enjoyed the dancing. The story was a sad one"
"One of the best plays that we have seen in all the years of being season ticket holders!!!!"
"Billy Elliot was the highlight of this year's Arts Club lineup. I will recommend this show to family and friends"
"This production is exceptional"
"An emotionally charged production that ultimately sent the audience home smiling! Loved it from start to finish"
–Averil, North Vancouver
- David Adams as Big Davey
- Mat Baker as Posh Dad
- Danny Balkwill as Tony
- Jordyn Bennett as Margaret
- Avril Brigden as Susan
- Matthew Cluff as Older Billy
- Nolan Fahey as Billy
- Warren Kimmel as Dad
- Kristi Low as Sharon
- Julia MacLean as Tracey
- Caitriona Murphy as Mrs. Wilkinson
- Arta Negahban as Keeley
- Leora Joy Perrie as Mum / ensemble
- Nathan Piasecki as Small Boy / Michael understudy
- Barbara Pollard as Grandma
- Brian Riback as Tall Boy
- Gordon Roberts as Mr. Braithwaite
- Taylor Dianne Robinson as Debbie
- Valin Shinyei as Michael / Billy understudy
- Kirk Smith as George
- Director Bill Millerd
- Choreographer Valerie Easton
- Musical Director / Keyboards Ken Cormier
- Set Designer Ted Roberts
- Costume Designer Alison Green
- Lighting Designer Marsha Sibthorpe
- Sound Designer Chris Daniels
- Ballet Advisor Suzanne Ouellette
- Stage Manager Caryn Fehr
- Assistant Stage Manager Ronaye Haynes
- Apprentice Stage Managers Claire Friedrich and Tessa Gunn