A brand new production of Billy Elliot the Musical is to play at the Curve Leicester.
The revival of Elton John and Lee’s stage adaptation of the 2000 movie is to play for a limited season between 7 July and 14 August 2022.
The Made at Curve production will be directed by the theatre’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster with choreography by Lucy Hind (Girl From the North County, The Last Ship). Set and costumes will be designed by Colin Richmond, with lighting from Curve Associate Ben Cracknell.
Casting and further creatives are to be announced.
Adult casting is led by Curve Associate Kay Magson CDG while children’s casting will be managed by Jo Hawes CDG, the leading children’s casting director in the UK. Auditions for the title role and young people will begin soon and those interested in finding out more can visit johawes.com.
It’s the mid 80s. Thatcher is at her most powerful. Men mine and boys box. Until, in a small town in County Durham, a young boy falls in love with ballet.
Set amidst the increasingly bitter 1984/85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot the Musical is a tale of determination, acceptance and daring to be different. In a close-knit community where family and tradition means everything, can Billy forge a new destiny and follow his passion?
Based on Stephen Daldry’s acclaimed 2000 film, with music by Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall, this electrifying musical features incredible songs such as Solidarity, The Letter, He Could Be a Star and the show-stopping Electricity.
Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said: “We are beyond excited to share Lee Hall and Elton John’s astonishing musical Billy Elliot with Curve audiences, ensuring summer 2022 in Leicester is truly memorable.
“Billy Elliot is a musical filled with incredible characters, epic ideas and at its heart, the story of a young boy who has the passion and courage to dance down a different path from the one prescribed for him. We are indebted to the incredible creatives who made Billy such a hit and hugely grateful they have trusted us to create the first brand new UK production for our audiences in Leicester.
“Collaborating with a terrific production team and an incredible cast of the most exciting young performers, we are proud to present this mighty musical which recognises the value of culture in our society, the importance of expressing your truest self and gives a voice to the courageous working class communities who are depicted in Lee Hall’s astonishing play. All beautifully framed by Elton John’s electrifying score.”
The original London production premiered in the West End at the Victoria Palace Theatre in 2005 and closed in 2016 after more than 4,500 performances.