Based on the Academy Award-nominated 2000 film of the same title, “Billy Elliot” is the story of its namesake star, a young boy in a depressed working-class mining town in the North of England.
Set during the devastating, history-making 1984 miner’s strike, the show follows 11-year old Billy, the youngest child of a blue-collar family that has recently lost its Mum, as he discovers his unlikely and extraordinary gift for ballet. Billy journeys from the boxing ring to a ballet class to make his dreams come true while challenging the long-held beliefs of his hometown. Along the way, he discovers a passion for dance that unites his family, inspires his community, and changes his life forever. While Billy’s father and brother take to the picket lines of the violent and life-changing strike, Billy secretly begins to study the art of dance with the help of a hard-drinking, chain-smoking local dance teacher.
But as Billy blossoms and thrives, the world and lives around him continue to wither—and his only escape may be the prestigious Royal Ballet School, a place no working-class boy has ever gone, or been allowed to go to, before