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Further cinema screenings of Billy Elliot planned following first live broadcast

Ruthie Henshall with Elliot Hanna in Billy Elliot. Photo: Adam Sorenson.
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A live cinema broadcast of Billy Elliot the Musical from its home in the West End will have repeat screenings next month, with a DVD of the show to be released on November 24.

The musical, written by Lee Hall and Elton John, was screened live to cinemas today, and featured a finale which saw 25 former and current Billy Elliots perform on stage together.

The show was broadcast live to eight countries from the Victoria Palace Theatre. There were also two screenings at the Easington Social Welfare Centre, formerly the Easington Colliery Miners’ Institute, which is one of the settings in the story.

In addition to the this weekend’s live broadcast, Billy Elliot will be screened to a further nine countries across four continents, and “encore screenings” will take place in 350 cinemas throughout the UK on October 2, 3, 4 and 5.  It has also been announced that this weekend’s live recording will be available on DVD on November 24.

The cast of Billy Elliot features Ruthie Henshall as Mrs Wilkinson, Deka Walmsley as Billy’s dad, Chris Grahamson as Tony and Ann Emery as Grandma.

Speaking to The Stage after the performance today, Henshall described the event as “absolutely incredible”.

She admitted that thinking about the live screenings around the UK was “scary” but added: “I put it to the back of my mind and just thought about going on and doing a show, and trying really hard to concentrate on the other person you’re working with at the time.”

The musical is directed by Stephen Daldry, with choreography by Peter Darling.

Billy Elliot the Musical is produced by Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions in association with Tiger Aspect.

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