Billy Elliot, the musical based on the 2000 film of the same name, will be starting a month long run at the Edinburgh Playhouse tonight.
Taking part during the miners’ strike of 1984-1985, the film and musical tell the story of a boy’s desire to become a ballet dancer despite pressure from family and society. Elton John and Lee Hall, the original film’s screenwriter, provided music for the stage show.
The musical, which first debuted on London’s West End in 2005 where it ran until this April, has proved to be a huge success. The show has received rave reviews from critics, won four Laurence Olivier awards as well as ten Tony awards and has led to tours across the UK, Australia and the United States.
The show will run at the Edinburgh Playhouse through to Saturday the 22nd of October. Tickets are still available for all nights.