Billy Elliot leaps back onto stage in Birmingham

"It was such a bad pitch - we'd say look, it’s about a kid who wants to be a ballet dancer set against the miners’ strike, and you could just see people slump in their chair and say really?”

Those were the words of Jon Finn, the original producer of the 2000 film and also of the stage adaptation that returns to Birmingham for an eight week run starting on Tuesday.

When working for Universal Pictures, Billy Elliot was the first script Jon read as a producer at the company.

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