Billy Elliot the Musical Live

Billy Elliot Animated Gifs

A little Billy Elliot goes a long way. See him flip out in front of his father, pas de chat with his ballet teacher and piano accompanist, and work out his fouette turns. Billy Elliot the Musical Live premieres Friday, October 23 at 9/8c on PBS. Check local listings.

Billy Elliot the Musical Live


The themes of ballet, the coal miners’ strike and community tension with the police weave through “Solidarity,” an ensemble number in Billy Elliot the Musical Live.

Billy Elliot the Musical Live


Elliott Hanna (age 11) plays the role of Billy Elliot in Billy Elliot the Musical Live. In this excerpt of the scene of his big audition for the Royal Ballet School, he attempts to explain to the judging panel and to his own father what dance means to him. “It’s a bit like being angry  It’s a bit […]

Billy Elliot the Musical Live

The Coal Miners’ Strike of 1984-1985

In Billy Elliot the Musical Live, young Billy Elliot starts studying ballet during the infamous coal miners’ strike of 1984-1985, a real event in Great Britain’s history. Billy takes a brave step in a direction his family doesn’t approve, and couldn’t even financially support if they did. His widowed father and older brother work in […]

Billy Elliot the Musical Live

British Slang and Terms

By Christina Knight for Great Performances A coal-mining town in the North East of England is the setting for Billy Elliot the Musical Live (and the film it is is based on, Billy Elliot). The story of a boy fighting for what he wants and the dramatization of the infamous, year-long coal miners’ strike of 1984-1985 […]

Billy Elliot the Musical Live

Preview the Musical

Billy Elliot the Musical Live, the long-running hit both on Broadway and in London’s West End (where it is still playing), comes to THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Friday, October 23 at 9 p.m. on PBS. The acclaimed musical airs as part of the PBS Art Fall Festival. Recorded at the show’s West End home at the […]

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015

Full Episode

Led by guest conductor Zubin Mehta, the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic returns for its 12th open-air summer concert, this time with a Scandinavian flavor, in the magnificent gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace. The varied program includes favorites by Grieg, Sibelius and Lumbye. The concert soloist is the internationally acclaimed Austrian piano virtuoso Rudolf Buchbinder. Learn […]

GP at the Met: Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

About the Operas

Opera’s most popular double bill, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, starring Marcelo Álvarez, Eva-Maria Westbroek, and Patricia Racette, comes to Great Performances at the Met Sunday, September 6 at 12 pm on PBS. (Check local listings; in New York, THIRTEEN will air the operas at 12:30 pm.) Sir David McVicar directs the first new Met production […]