Billy Elliot the Musical (BETM) was first perfomed in Hungary from July 29 to August 21, 2016 at the Hungarian State Opera House, before moving to the Erkel Theatre, where it was performed from September 6 to December 31, 2016.
The show then went on a hiatus until summer 2017, when it reopened at the Erkel Theatre for a second season, from June 29 to July 16, 2017, and again from 23-27 August, 2017. The production’s third season, also at the Erkel Theatre, ran from June 19 to July 14, 2018, and September 1-9, 2018.
Due to the popularity of the Hungarian show, there will be a fourth season in 2019. This will run from June 27-30, 2019 and September 13-22, 2019.
The production is performed in Hungarian, with English subtitles. It is presented by the Hungarian State Opera, and features dancers from their ballet company. The cast includes some of Hungary’s most renowned adult actors. When it first opened in July 2016, the director and the team at the Opera House said that they hoped that the show would be as popular in Hungary as it had been worldwide, and that it would inspire a love for dance in young audience members. Judging by the excellent ticket sales for previous seasons, it seems as if their wish has come true.
The search to find the Hungarian Billys and Michaels started on March 7, 2015, when over 100 boys from all across Hungary turned up to the first audition. A further 50 boys were also auditioned at a later date. The most talented of these boys were chosen to undertake months of training until a final decision was made in January 2016.
Eventually the potential lead candidates were narrowed to ten boys, from which the original Billys and Michaels were to be cast. These ten were introduced at a press event at which they are shown dancing in this video clip:
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For the 2017 season, Áron Vizlendvai was the only one of the original Billys to continue in the role. He was joined by three new Billys – Olivér Lukács, Benedek Császár and Simon Bakonyi.
Then for the 2018 season, Áron Vizlendvai, Olivér Lukács and Simon Bakonyi all continued to perform as Billy, and they were joined by two new Billys – Levente Puczkó-Smith and Dávid Halász.
For the upcoming 2019 season, Levente Puczkó-Smith and Dávid Halász will both once again take on the role of Billy and joining them in the role will be Torda Vass.
On 29-Jul-2016, the day of the opening performance, the official trailer was released for the Budapest production. It features clips of all three original Billys:
To see a complete listing of the rest of the Budapest cast, just click on the Cast Information button.
Credit: Photo by Nóri Vitéz