Billy Elliot and Fame come to Lincoln

A Spalding-based drama group has earned a place to perform excerpts of Billy Elliot the Musical at a Musical Gala at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London, after performing at Lincoln Theatre Royal.

The Musical Limelight Youth Theatre group is one of ten groups that impressed judges, who included Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall, for their place on the West End stage out of 115 drama groups.

This follows the UK launch of Billy Youth Theatre, which celebrates the musical’s fifth year on the West End Stage. To start with, the group will be performing seven shows at Lincoln’s Theatre Royal from July 21st to 25th.

Director of the West End show Darren Maddison said: “Rehearsals are going extremely well, and the cast are enjoying the experience immensely; it is very challenging for them, but Lincoln will be truly wowed by the hard work and achievements of all the children involved.

“Billy Elliot is a fantastic story, and with music and lyrics by Sir Elton John, this production promises to be an amazing spectacle,” Maddison added.

In addition to Billy Elliot, the Theatre Royal will also have the cult musical Fame hit the stage by their own Theatre Royal School of Performing Arts. Fame will run from July 11th to 18th, with matinée and evening shows available.

Tickets for both shows are available now from the Theatre Royal Box Office. Tickets to the Billy Elliot performances cost between £8 and £12, and Fame costs £7.50.

Source: Lincoln Theatre Royal | Photo: Alastair Muir (pictured: Trent Kowalik as Billy Elliot 2007-2008)