News: Billy Elliot

Friday 8 October 2004

*Billy Elliot*, a musical stage version of the hit British film will be opening at the Victoria Palace in May 2005.

Three boys have been chosen from 3,000 hopefuls to share the title role. Stephen Daldry, director of the film and the musical, explains the demands of the starring role,

“It has taken a year to find the right boys because the role is incredible. Billy must be able to sing, and to act, and to dance, and not just ballet but tap and modern as well.”
“He is on stage almost the whole time and by force of character he must hold the whole thing together.”

Read the full article in,
Nigel Reynolds, Telegraph, 6 Oct.04

Charlotte Higgins found out what happened to those young actors who made it through the initial audition process,

“The most talented were then invited to hone their dance and acting skills at the Billy Elliot School in Leeds, which was founded for the purpose. And over the past weeks, the eight boys were whittled down to the final successful three.”

Full article, Guardian, 6 Oct.04

Read more about the young actors taking the role of Billy in
London Theatre Guide

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