Reviewed by Dorothy White
Billy Elliot the Musical was absolutely fantastic, spectacular even! The theatre was crowded, the entire audience was enthralled and loved every minute of it. They cheered, whistled and gave a standing ovation at the end.
Billy, played by 12-year-old Haydn May was brilliant, he could sing, dance, act and even got to show off his acrobatic skills. His fouettés were amazing, I lost count of how many turns he did and his tap routines were fabulous.
Dad, Martin Walsh, Brother Tony, Scott Garnham and Grandma, Andrea Miller completed Billy’s family, unfortunately Billy’s mum (Nikki Gerrard) was dead but she was always there for Billy when he needed her. Dad and Tony were miners, they were tough and sent Billy for boxing lessons.
Mrs Wilkinson, played by Anna-Jane Casey was the dance teacher who took Billy under her wing when he somehow ended up in her ballet class and found he preferred ballet to boxing. 11-year-old Italia Ross played Debbie, Mrs Wilkinson’s daughter and Nicola Turner, the Small Boy.
We experienced extreme sadness, comedy, laughter and joy tonight as we took this journey with Billy. Times were very hard, the miners were on strike and there was a small amount of swearing.
The entire cast danced! The routines were amazing, the police, the miners, the ballet girls all danced together and interchanged, they were all incredible. There were so many very quick changes, costumes and shoes.
Michael played by 12-year-old Henry Farmer was great, he and Billy were good friends and did a fantastic tap routine together.
It was dance, dance, dance, I loved it! The entire cast was absolutely incredible, especially the children, they were all so talented. There was nothing to not like. My 14-year-old dance mad granddaughter wished she could be on stage with them. She loved every minute.
Billy and his older self (Luke Cinque-White) did a wonderful ballet duet.
The scenery was very simple, I loved how Billy’s bedroom plus other scenery just appeared.
The costumes were great and typical of the time.
Billy Elliot is a fabulous show. One not to be missed. Milton Keynes Theatre has excelled with this and should feel very proud!!
Tickets cost from £18.50 to £69 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Billy Elliot the Musical is at Milton Keynes Theatre from 30 May to 17 June 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes or call the box office on 0844 8717652.
Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK9 3NZ