- 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.
"Family musical that is funny, entertaining, and poignant" —Erika Thorkelson, The Vancouver Sun
"Sure to be a summer hit" —Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight
"Sets a new standard for musicals" —Baird Blackstone, BrokenLegReviews
"Undeniably and unabashedly heart-warmin" —Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier
"Feel good, good-time of a musical" —Jay Miner, JayMinter.com
"5 stars" —Christine Kim, CiTR Arts Report
"My daughter and I enjoy our nights out with the Arts Club and look forward to our plays. Billy Elliot did not disappoint. It was entertaining, but also informative of what was happening in England at the time. All the actors were so talented and they certainly deserved their standing ovation"
"Best play/musical I've ever seen! Great story. Great acting, singing, dancing. Great set and costumes. Nuances of the script brought out beautifully. Perfect in every way"
"It was a very well done show and the child performers were very talented. The entire cast was very good and the staging was very well done"
"Fabulous–best performance of the season. Excellent performances from every cast member"
"Loved the play. Love the diversity of the plays done at the Arts Club. Love the way some of them make you think about life issues. Thank you"
"We love the venue, and this was the best performance of the season"
"It was a great evening spent with our family"
"Loved Billy Elliot. Energetic, upbeat, feel-good performance"
–Darlene, Fort Langley
"One of the best yet!"
–James, Maple Ridge
"This was an amazing performance. The actors were well chosen for the roles"
"We loved every minute of the Billy Elliot production! It was our favourite production this year. We always have a great time when we attend shows at the Stanley"
–Lana and Bill, Vancouver
"I really enjoyed this performance–it pulls you in! Many issues are raised in this show- homophobia, the basic humanity and complexity of people, the role of art and beauty in society, and the grinding effect of change in public policy on workers. The actor who played Billy was outstanding"
"Nolan Fahey was FANTASTIC. In all my years of attending theatre, he was the most enjoyable actor I have ever seen. He is a star. Look out Broadway!"
" I've seen many performances at the Arts Club and this was one of my favourites. I didn't know what expect for this show and had no idea I'd feel so emotional. Nolan was amazing. The boy who played Michael stole the hearts of the company I was with. Than you everyone"
"The cast did a wonderful job."
"Loved Billy and the rest of the ensemble!"
–Leslie, West Vancouver
"Attending Billy Elliot was a real joy."
–Michael, Fort, Langley
"Billy was probably the best show of this season–high energy, political, and thoughtful."
"I have seen the movie Billy Elliot and the play in London, but the Arts Club's performance was my favourite. There was absolutely no looking at the watch–no down times. Well done. Lots of incredibly talented people. Many thanks for the performance. I thoroughly enjoyed it"
"Loved it! I'm glad I have renewed my subscription for next year"
"My ten year old son giggled at the first swear word and then continued to enjoy the entire show. He especially loved the gran giving us all the finger and the costume of the dancer from Texas. At the end of the show, my son was so overwhelmed with emotion, he was laughing and crying at the same time. Thank you for giving us both this experience. Best time ever!"
"Astounded at the acting, dancing, and singing ability of the young lead actors. The performance was cohesive and flowed well. The mother 'ghost' was an interesting add in"
–Diane, West Vancouver
"Beautifully done in all aspects–acting, scenery, musicians, directing. An excellent evening out"
–Donna and David, Port Moody
"A wonderful performance filled with incredible talent and energy ! I would see it again and strongly recommend it to anyone who loves children, dance, music, and social history!"
"Billy Elliot was awesome and I am happy I encouraged my friends to accompany me to watch the play"
"I absolutely loved this production. I had seen Billy Elliot on Broadway a few years ago and it didn't hold a candle to this one. We are so lucky to have such talent in Vancouver. And the kids were so good–young Billy has a future ahead of him for sure"
–Chris, New Westminster
"Valin Shinyei stole my heart!"
"I loved all of it"
"I loved this play so much. Billy Elliot is an incredible play and worth the ticket price. The sets were great. The actors captured the characters. Billy (Nolan Fahey) was perfectly cast, although Michael (Valin Shinyei) stole my heart. His character/acting was on point. I loved the costumes, especially Gordon Roberts. All in all, a spectacular production"
"The performance was so very well done"
"We have really enjoyed our season's tickets over the last three years and Billy Elliot really stood out in terms of emotional engagement, the quality of the actors, and the overall production. Nice"
"I am continually amazed at the base of talent that the Arts Club encourages and finds! I am so not artistic in nature! The commitment to excellence in performing arts and the educational component encouraging the youth of our community is above reproach"
"Nolan Fahey was superb as Billy and Valin Shinyei as Michael was outstanding. The dancing was wonderful, particularly the tap scenes and the ballet between young and older Billy! The scene with Billy singing the letter to his mother had me in tears!"
"Congratulations! The quality of theatre in Vancouver has really evolved and improved over the years. Such great talent is a joy to experience"
"What incredible young local talent we have. Bravo to the Arts Club for providing them such an excellent opportunity to perform and for the people of Vancouver to enjoy their talents. What a powerful cast. Young Billy is outstanding and has a long fabulous future in front of him. I was blown away with the chorus being composed of some of Vancouver's top leading male actors. I saw the touring Broadway production of Billy Elliot–this production surpassed it by miles. Not only did the Arts Club do a fantastic job with the singing, dancing, and humour of the show, but they did a phenomenal job in getting down to conveying the deeper issues of the show: bullying, the hardship of the miners' strike, surviving the death of a parent, overcoming poverty, friendship, and the importance of family. The young man who played Michael was outstanding. I cried throughout the second act. The Pas De Deux between Young and Older Billy was magical. I've never seen anything so magical or beautiful on stage. I could watch that scene over and over again. I plan to buy tickets to see the show again before it closes and bring friends"
–Rob, White Rock
"Thoroughly enjoyed the performance–one of the best I have seen, and I have seen a lot. My husband couldn't stop raving and even recommended it to family members today. Great team of actors, great sets–I would go again!!!"
"Loved the performance!!!"
"This is one of the best live theatre experiences I've had in some time. I thoroughly enjoyed the show"
"I enjoyed the performance very much"
"Wonderful music, great singing and spectacular dancing. An excellent evening"
"I have not attended the Arts Club for a few years and it made me realize how much I have missed it. I will definitely be attending more performances in the coming year. Keep up the amazing work and thank you"
–Pam, White Rock
"Great as usual!!!!!"
–Jan, Maple Ridge
"My husband and I have been season ticket holders since around 1999. Billy Elliot is most definitely on our "Top 10"
list. The play was not only sad at times but also silly, and it all meshed perfectly"
"We just love the Stanley theatre and always thrilled to attend the plays presented there"
"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