Coal miners, politics and tutus make an entertaining mix in Israeli production of ‘Billy Elliot’

Coal miners and Margaret Thatcher are a combustible combination, but throw in a few tutus and you’ve got the plot of a fun new musical hitting Tel Aviv this summer: Billy Elliot.

The play tells the story of Billy Elliot, a young boy growing up in a coal-mining town in northern England who discovers a love for dance. The backdrop for Elliot’s wrangling with ideas of self-expression, masculinity and family duty is the 1984-1985 coal miners’ strike, and disagreements between his older brother and widower father, both coal miners, on how to respond.


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