Billy Elliot is the original story that captured the hearts and minds of the world when the film was nominated for 3 Oscars and 13 Baftas. This brilliant staging is an adaptation of one of the most adored British films of the last decade and makes the perfect highlight of any London Theatre Break.
Billy is born in a northern town where men box and work in the mines. They do not dance and they certainly do not harbour ambitions of attending the Royal Ballet School. But Billy is different and a chance meeting at the gym persuades him to join the lasses doing ballet rather than his mates doing boxing.
Billy Elliot – The Musical reunites the team behind the award-wining 2000 film – director Stephen Daldry, writer Lee Hall, choreographer Peter Darling and producer Jon Finn – and adds to that the musical mastery of Sir Elton John, to turn the highly acclaimed film into an all-singing, all-dancing stage spectacular.
Please note that Billy Elliot – The Musical contains language which some people might find offensive or unsuitable for younger children.
We have special offers on top price tickets for most midweek performances – that’s Monday to Thursday evening. Generally the saving on the tickets included in these packages are around £35 per person. Often midweek hotel prices are a bit more expensive that their weekend prices so sometimes the saving on the ticket is “used up” by the increase on the hotel accommodation: but not always.
Where you really notice the savings is on Friday nights when both tickets and accommodation are at their “best ” prices with breaks including best seats and 4 star accommodation starting at around £100 pp.
We are also lucky enough to be able to offer discounts on Saturday matinees. This means you can have a Saturday Theatre Break and still save money. WHAT A DEAL!
Availability: just a note, deals tend to come and go so if you find one do book it rather than come back to it next week. Also special offers tend only to be available during term time: it is not always the case, but during half term, for example, often it is back to full price I am afraid.
Title: Billy Elliot – The Musical
Genre: Musical - Show Songs
Theatre: Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria St, London, SW1
Evenings: Mon-Sat 7.30pm
Matinees: Thurs & Sat 2.30pm
Nearest Tube: Victoria on the Victoria Line
Billy Elliot – The Musical is at the Victoria Palace Theatre in the Victoria area of London, just behind Buckingham Palace and away from the main theatreland area surrounding Soho and Covent Garden. Consequently there is a great range of hotel – especially 4 star hotels – with some great prices.
The best of the bunch is the wonderful Rubens Hotel. Owned by the renowned Red Carnation Group this is a four star hotel which acts like a five star hotel rather than a four star hotel that pretends to be a five star hotel. Consequently the service is excellent and every guest should feel completely relaxed here.
If you are watching the pennies and the Rubens prices seem a bit daunting. You can also get good deals at the Hesperia and Grange Rochester Hotels which are nearby.
The Victoria Park Plaza is just across the road too and is a very modern 4 star hotel with massive public areas and is well worth considering.
Check out too our new two-night weekend theatre breaks at Hilton Hotels – the Doubletree by Hilton Victoria is just round the corner.
Lastly the City Inn Westminster is worth a mention, but don’t get lulled into the thought that you can walk between hotel and theatre – you can, but it is further than you think!
If you don’t mind a short tube journey look at the hotels in Kensington and Knightsbridge too: a little further out, they can offer considerable savings on theatreland hotels.
The last time I saw the show was in September 2006 and, perhaps because I was pre-occupied with my youngest son being ill that night, it didn’t have the same impact on me as it did when I watched last week.
In fact, I felt like I was watching the show for the first time because I really couldn’t remember anything about the previous performance. Now it may well be that the show has evolved over the years as shows generally do in order to keep them fresh for audiences & actors alike, but I swear that most of what I saw yesterday didn’t happen the first time around!
So, this time I took the boys with me and was pleased to see that even on a weekday Matinee both the Stalls and Dress Circle were full of enthusiastic people, mainly families, from all over the world.
The show’s opening and closing songs are both centred on a group of miners in the North East during the strikes of 1984 and through-out the story of young Billy Elliot aspiring to dance with the greats at the Royal Ballet School the focus rarely falls away from the miners struggle.
However, this is by no means a hard-hitting political drama with very few laughs. Far from it, the comedy is in abundance – mainly from the children’s characters – but there are also laugh-out-loud moments with Billy’s Gran, Dad and brother all featuring.
What stands out, of course, is the incredible dancing ability of the young actors who play the role of Billy. We saw 13 year old Harris Beattie who had such defined calf muscles that even Rudolf Nureyev would have been envious! There is a magical scene where young Billy meets his older self and they dance a beautiful duet to the music from Swan Lake.
Another highlight for me was the tap dancing sequence performance by Billy and his friend Michael – oh boy, do I love a tap dance number (in my opinion EVERY musical should have one!).
So, to sum up … a great musical - funny, poignant, jaw-dropping choreography, a must-see for 2013!
As ever this is an amazing show. There were a few technical hitches which made us all laugh. But even the youngest of the cast handled it with such professionalism ..Will always want to see this show.
The Billy Elliot musical is literally a rollercoaster of emotion, laughter, tears, empathy, absolutely wonderful.
One munute I was wiping my eyes from laughter and the next through emotion.
A must see for all