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Billy Elliot – Birmingham Hippodrome

Book and Lyrics: Lee Hall Music: Elton John Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer:  James Garrington Billy Elliot has been a long time coming to Birmingham – but now it’s on its first tour after a lengthy run in the West End, and it’s certainly been worth the wait. This is a show that ticks all the boxes. As the 1984/5 miners’ ...

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Billy Elliot The Musical – The Mayflower, Southampton

Director: Stephen Daldry Writer: Lee Hall Music: Elton John Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage There are some tales that quickly become a part of the collective cultural consciousness and it's as though they've always been with us. The story of Billy Elliot, the frustrated boy who becomes a principal dancer with The Royal Ballet is one of those. Stephen Daldry's 2000 film ...

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Billy Elliot – The Bristol Hippodrome

Adam Abbou as Billy Elliot and ensemble

Writer and Lyricist: Lee Hall Composer: Elton John Director: Stephen Daldry Choreographer: Peter Darling Reviewer: Chris Oldham Having played for just over 10 years in the West End, everything about the touring production of Billy Elliot The Musical feels like you could still be sitting there watching it unfold in London's Victoria Palace Theatre. Set in County Durham against the ...

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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall How hard can it be to write a musical? Well, in the hands of The Showstoppers, it seems the answer is not very. In fact, why not just do it there and then … on the spot … in front of an audience! It seems to defy belief yet this is what this company has been doing ...

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Billy Elliot – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Adam Abbou as Billy Elliot and ensemble

Writer and Lyricist: Lee Hall Composer: Elton John Director: Stephen Daldry Choreographer: Peter Darling Reviewer:MeganPearce There are four young actors who work in rotation to play the eponymous Billy Elliot in the current tour and there's little wonder – the character is rarely off the stage and, on this particular night, 12-year-old Lewis Smallmangives every scene an extraordinary amount of ...

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Billy Elliot The Musical – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer &Lyrics: Lee Hall Music: Elton Jon Director: Stephen Daldry Choreographer: Peter Darling Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Production are presenting Billy Elliot on its first UK Tour following a recent successful run in London. Bradford’s Alhambra theatre is the only Yorkshire venue on this tour. Lee Hall’s musical is based on the ...

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PREVIEW: 2016 – A look ahead

2015 was a thrilling rollercoaster ride for the theatre scene, with more venues programming exciting and risk-taking productions that complemented a more traditional slate of work. We saw artistic directors leave venues for pastures new and then, in return, gain new visionaries for the future. So as we stand on the precipice of 2016, what theatrical delights await? We asked ...

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Jest End, Waterloo East Theatre, London

Jodie Jacobs in Jest End

Writer: Garry Lake Director:James Doughty Reviewer: Tom Finch Since 2008 Jest End has been lovingly sending up the London musical theatre scene and now it's back and looking great. The show is essentially a sketch show with a team of four actors who sing new lyrics to familiar show tunes. As with most sketch shows, it is a bit of ...

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