Cast & Creative
ELTON JOHN wrote the music for Billy Elliot. Over the course of his career, he has sold more than 250 million records with hits like ‘Your Song’, ‘Candle in the Windl’, ‘Rocket Man’, and ‘Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road’. With Tim Rice, he wrote the music for The Lion King, winning an Academy Award for Best Song for ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’. The musical version of The Lion King opened on Broadway in 1998 and won the Tony Award for Best New Musical. The West End transfer of The Lion King is still playing to packed houses after opening in 1999.
LEE HALL wrote the book and lyrics for Billy Elliot, based on his Oscar-nominated screenplay for the film. He wrote the West-End hits, Cooking With Elvis and The Pitmen Painters, which won the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play. With Richard Curtis, he wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of War Horse, directed by Steven Spielberg.
STEPHEN DALDRY directed Billy Elliot after being nominated for an Academy Award for his direction of the film version. He also received Oscar nominations for Best Director for The Hours starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, and Julianne Moore, as well as The Reader starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes. His theatre credits include An Inspector Calls in the West End, as well as A Number and Far Away by Caryl Churchill at the Royal Court, where he served as artistic director from 1992-8.