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In pictures: A decade of Billy Elliot

First Published 12 May 2015, Last Updated 14 May 2015

Billy Elliot The Musical is 10 years old. It’s almost as old as Billy, the character.

The hit West End show, which has been entertaining London theatre fans for a decade, has been described as “unforgettably brilliant” by the Observer, “shamelessly enjoyable” by The Independent and a “triumphant production” by The Daily Telegraph.

We all know that the view of critics don’t always align with those of the theatregoing public – many a long running hit has been roundly destroyed by Fleet Street’s finest – but with the story of a young boy who discovers a love of dance they were as in sync as a troupe of highly trained ballerinas.

10 years after the first Billy pirouetted across the Victoria Palace stage to Elton John’s fantastic score, the production is a multiple Olivier Award winner – both in the panel judged categories and the publically voted Audience Award – has staged a performance screened live to cinemas worldwide and has sent productions across the world.

The tale of the boy at odds with a mining community consumed by its own battles against a government sucking out its heart has gone far further than Billys original trip to London; Billy has gone global.

To celebrate a decade of daring to dance, take a look back at the last 10 years in images; from unlikely guest stars to previous birthday celebrations, former stars who’ve gone on to new projects and more Billys than you can shake a tutu at.

If all this talk of Billy Elliot The Musical’s birthday celebration has whetted your appetite to see the show for the first or 50th time, you can book tickets through us here.


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