Director: Stephen Daldry
Writer: Lee Hall (book and lyrics), Elton John (music)
Based on: their film
Cast: Brodie Donoguher, Thomas Hazelby, Euan Garrett, Nat Sweeney, Ruthie Henshall, Deka Walmsley, Matthew Seadon-Young, Gillian Elisa, Howard Crossley, Phil Snowden
Seen on: 26.10.2015
Billy (either Brodie Donoguher, Thomas Hazelby, Euan Garrett or Nat Sweeney) lives with his father (Deka Walmsley), his brother (Matthew Seadon-Young) and his grandmother (Gillian Elisa) in a small mining town in northern England. While the miners are on prolongued strike, people try and keep up some kind of routine. For Billy this includes going to boxing training every week. But one day Billy stays behind after class and gets caught up in the ballet training. He discovers that dancing is much more to his liking than boxing anyway.
I’m a huge fan of the film that this play was based on and I had heard only good things about the play in advance. Plus, it was my third attempt to catch it in London and I had even missed the transmission in Austrian cinemas earlier this year. So when it finally worked out this time, you can imagine that my anticipation was strong and my expectations were high. Happily the play has no problems fulfilling those expectations.