Scott Cripps: Billy Elliot

Date - 18 May, 2015, All News Musical Theatre Opening Nights
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Scott Cripps opens in Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre, West End.

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.


Scott Cripps is one the UK's foremost tappers and can be seen regularly jamming at Ronnie Scott's and 606 Club. He was the tap coach on Katie Mitchell's Waves for The National Theatre, and was the guest Tap Soloist at the legendary Will Gaines 80th Birthday Celebrations.

His stage credits include Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour in Australia and the UK, Will Parker in Oklahoma at Kilworth House, No 1 UK Tour's of High Society, Footloose, Whistle Down The Wind and in The West End Peter Pan, Pirates of Penzance and Doctor Doolittle.

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