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Billy Elliot at five

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Billy Elliot the musical, written by Lee Hall, directed by Stephen Daldry with music by Elton John, has swept the world since it opened five years ago. Sarah Crompton writes -

The heart of the theatrical experience is a boy standing alone in a spotlight, explaining to a hostile community – and to the audience – why ballet makes him come alive and transforms his life. It is that directness of connection between the boy and the audience – the exhilaration of seeing the physical incarnation of his dreams – that makes the show’s emotional appeal so powerful.

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