West End Hit show Billy Elliot the Musical comes to Liverpool Empire with a scouse star at the helm

Swap your boxing gloves for ballet shoes and prepare to feel the ‘Electricity’ as this multi-award winning show throws open its doors.

Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Billy Elliot the Musical has now been seen by over 11 million people across five continents and from Wednesday 10th May 2017 you can experience it right here in Liverpool at the Empire Theatre.

The recipient of over 80 awards internationally, including ten Tony Awards and five Olivier Awards, this emotional, hilariously funny and moving story, set in a northern mining town will make you laugh, sing-along and maybe even shed a tear. Against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy’s journey takes him out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.

We caught up with not one, not two, but four young cast members taking on the very special lead role. Watch as we chat to Emile Gooding, Haydn May, Lewis Smallman and Liverpool’s very own Billy Elliot, Adam Abbou ahead of opening night.

In total, worldwide, ninety five boys have now played the iconic role of Billy Elliot on stage. September 2014 saw a record breaking twenty-five former and current Billy Elliot’s come together on stage in a specially choreographed mash-up finale for Billy Elliot the Musical Live, a unique performance that was broadcast live around the world becoming the widest ever cinema release of a live event and hitting number one at the UK box office.

Billy Elliot the Musical is brought to life by the multiple award-winning creative team behind the film including writer Lee Hall (book and lyrics), director Stephen Daldry, and choreographer, Peter Darling, joined by Elton John who composed the show’s score. The production features scenic design by Ian MacNeil, the associate director is Julian Webber, costume design is by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch.

Productions of Billy Elliot the Musical have previously been staged on Broadway, in Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, Toronto and Seoul, South Korea. The highly successful North American touring production, which began in 2010, finished its spectacular run in August 2013 with an engagement in São Paulo, Brazil, the first time Billy Elliot played in South America. The first Japanese language production will open at the Akasaka ACT Theater in Tokyo this year, and further international productions are currently planned.

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.

Click here to get your tickets for this knock-out show. Billy Elliot the Musical runs from 10-27th May 2017 at the Liverpool Empire.

We want to know what your favourite part of Billy Elliot the Musical or original film? Do you know a Mrs Wilkinson type teacher? Can you dance like Billy? Tweet us your pics and videos @TheGuideLpool or email us info@theguideliverpool.comand we’ll share the best on our socials.

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