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Photo Coverage: Ten Years Of BILLY ELLIOT!

On 12 May 2015 Billy Elliot the Musical will be celebrating ten years in the West End. The musical received its world premiere at the Victoria Palace Theatre in March 2005 with opening night on 12 May 2005 and has now been seen by over 10 million people worldwide, including 5 million at its London home.

Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/'85 miners' strike, Billy's journey takes him out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.

With over 500 children having now performed on the Victoria Palace Theatre stage, the company has pirouetted through almost 3000 ballet shoes. Billy Elliot the Musical is the recipient of over 80 awards internationally, including ten Tony Awards and five Oliviers, including the 2013 Audience Award. Liam Mower, James Lomas and George Maguire, the first three boys to play the title role, went on to win Olivier awards for their performances, with the show also winning the Olivier for Best Musical. In total, world-wide, eighty three boys have now played the iconic role including Jamie Bell who played Billy Elliot in the film, and in March this year the London production welcomed the fortieth young boy to the Company in the title role.

2015 - Past and present Billy Elliots prepare for a special performance on ITV's Sunday Night at the Palladium

2014 - Billy Elliot the Musical Live is broadcast to cinemas from the Victoria Palace Theatre with a special mash-up curtain call reuniting 25 former and current Billy Elliots

Photo credit: Craig Sugden

2013 - Billy Elliot the Musical wins the Olivier Audience Award, voted for by the public, with Deka Walsmley (Dad) and Gillian Bevan (Mrs Wilkinson) collecting the accolade

Photo credit: Pamela Raith

2012 - Stephen Daldry, Elton John, Lee Hall and the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical celebrate 7 years in the West End

Photo credit: Dan Wooller

2011 - Nearly 300 young people from around the UK perform at the Billy Youth Theatre West End Gala at the Victoria Palace Theatre

Photo credit: Ellie Kurtz

2010 - Billy Elliot the Musical celebrates the 5th Birthday with 19 past and present Billy Elliots in a special finale

Photo credit: Richard Davenport

2009 - Oliver Gardner joins cast to play Billy Elliot on 4th Birthday performance on 12 May 2009

Photo credit: Alastair Muir

2008 - Stephen Daldry celebrates Billy Elliot the Musical's third Birthday in the West End with the London and Broadway Billy Elliots.

Photo credit: Dan Wooller

2007 - The London Billys meet the Australian Billys at the Victoria Palace Theatre with Elton John who wrote the music for Billy Elliot the Musical

Photo credit: David Scheinmann

2006 - Simon Cowell, Sharon Osborne, Elton John and Louis Walsh join the curtain call with Liam Mower for a special charity performance of Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre in May 2006

Photo credit: Craig Sugden

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2005 - Original Billy Elliots James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower at the opening night curtain call in May 2005

Photo credit: David Scheinmann



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