Helen French renews Billy Elliot

Date - 13 May, 2013, All News Musical Theatre
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Helen French continues in the role of alternate Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot the Musical.

Billy Elliot the Musical is a musical based on the 2000 film Billy Elliot. The music is by Elton John, and book and lyrics are by Lee Hall, who wrote the film’s screenplay. The plot revolves around motherless Billy, who trades boxing gloves for ballet shoes. The story of his personal struggle and fulfillment are balanced against a counter-story of family and community strife caused by the UK miners’ strike (1984–1985) in County Durham, in North Eastern England. Hall’s screenplay was inspired in part by A. J. Cronin’s 1935 novel about a miners’ strike, The Stars Look Down, to which the musical’s opening song pays homage.

The musical premiered in London’s West End in 2005 and was nominated for nine Laurence Olivier Awards, winning four including Best New Musical. The production is still running strongly, and its success led to productions in Australia, on Broadway and elsewhere. In New York, it won ten Tony Awards and ten Drama Desk Awards, including, in each case, best musical. It has also won numerous awards in Australia including a record-tying seven Helpmann Awards.


Helen French can currently be found in London's West End playing the Alternate Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot.

Other theatre credits include Awaking Beauty directed by Alan Ayckbourn, Northern Odyssey, Lush Life both for The Live Theatre, Take Flight for The Menier Chocolate Factory, Carousel for Chichester Festival Theatre, Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre, West End and Les Miserables at The Palace Theatre, West End.

Helen was a semi-finalist for the BBC's I'd Do Anything.

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