Meet Billy Elliot: Rome & the Italian Tour

    • Rome & First Italian Tour (2015-16)

      Teatro Sistina in Rome

      The 1,197 seat Teatro Sistina was the first home of Billy Elliot The Musical in Rome, Italy — May 5-24, 2015. The show was presented 20 times in that time frame, directed by Massimo Romeo Piparo and produced by Peep Arrow Entertainment.  After a summer break, the show did another 18 performances at the Teatro Sistina, October 1-18, 2015 before embarking on a multi-city Italian Tour.  The tour ended in Sassari on February 7, 2016, bringing the total number of performances in Italy to 119. 

      Alessandro Frola as Billy Elliot

      The cast was led by 14-year-old Alessandro Frola (and, for the May segment of the production only, 11-year-old Simone Romualdi) as Billy Elliot. From November 7, 2015 until the end of the first Italian tour, a third Billy began occasionally performing in the title role: 14-year-old Christian Roberto, who originated the role of Michael in the Italian production.

      In November 2015, several members of the child cast appeared at the fifty-eighth Zecchino d’Oro which was held in Bologna.  This is a video of that appearance, aired on by RAI live in Eurovision, and broadcast worldwide.  It features (l-r as the video begins): Arcangelo Ciulla (Tall Boy/Michael), Alessandro Frola (Billy) and Christian Roberto (Michael/Billy) and the Ballet Girls:

      Credit: Video by RAI

      For a complete itinerary of the First Italian Tour, go here.

      The Italian company released this promotional video for the show:

      Credit: Video by Teatro Sistina

      To learn more about Alessandro, Simone and Christian, click on the Billy Profiles tab to be taken to their detailed profiles.

      To learn more about the Italian cast, click on the Cast Information tab.

    • Second Italian Tour (2017)

      A second Italian Tour of Billy Elliot the Musical (BETM) began on January 26, 2017 in Ancona.  The tour visited 23 venues, and ended in Messina on April 30, 2017.  One of the tour stops was in Lugano in the Italian part of Switzerland, and this was the first time that BETM had ever been performed in Switzerland.

      For a complete itinerary of the Second Italian Tour, go here.

      The adult cast for this production was essentially the same as the cast which toured Italy in 2015/16, with just a few minor changes.

      Leading the cast as Billy Elliot was an actor new to the role.  He is Arcangelo Ciulla, who played Tall Boy and was understudy Michael in the first Italian Tour.

      Here’s a promotional video for this production, featuring footage from the first performance of the tour:

      Credit: Video by PeepArrow 

      To learn more about Arcangelo, click on the Billy Profiles tab to be taken to his detailed profile.

      To learn more about the Italian cast, click on the Cast Information tab.

    •  Third Italian Tour (2018)

      Due to the overwhelming popularity of Billy Elliot the Musical in Italy, for the third year running BETM is embarking on a tour of Italy.  The 2018 tour began in Milan on 15th March, and will visit five cities, concluding in Modena on 16th May.  To see a full itinerary of the tour go here.

      Many of the adult actors who have previously appeared in the show are continuing their roles for this tour.  To see a full list cast list, just click on the Cast Information tab at the top of this page.

      A few weeks before the start of the tour, the new child cast for the Italian BETM was announced.  For the first part of the tour Tancredi di Marco starred as Billy Elliot, with Matteo Valentini reprising his role of Michael from the 2017 tour, and Davide Fabbri as Tall Boy.  From 19-Apr-2018 onwards, Matteo and Tancredi will alternate in the role of Billy, playing Tall Boy on their days as standby, and Davide will play Michael.

      The young actors who will feature in the 2018 Italian Tour of BETM. L-r: Davide Fabbri, Matteo Valentini and Tancredi di Marco

      To learn more about the 2018 Italian Billys, click on the Billy Profiles tab at the top of this page to see their detailed profiles.

    •  Rome and the Italian Tour

      Billy Biographical Information

      The 2018 Italian Tour cast of BETM is currently led by Tancredi di Marco and Matteo Valentini who alternate in the role of Billy Elliot.

      For the complete profiles of all the Italian Billys since 2015, click on their names (below their pictures):



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      Cast Information

      For the Third Italian Tour, the cast is led by Tancredi di Marco and Matteo Valentini who alternate in the title role.  To see who is in the rest of the cast and who performed previously in Rome and on the First  & Second Italian Tours, click on the charts below:

      Tancredi di Marco (Billy Elliot)

      Matteo Valentini (Michael, left) and Tancredi di Marco (Billy, right) perform “Express Yourself”

      The company of the 2018 Italian Tour of BETM in the finale