Red carpet rolled out as Billy Elliot arrives in Sunderland

Emmerdale star Charlie Hardwick arriving at the Billy Elliot - The Musical.
Emmerdale star Charlie Hardwick arriving at the Billy Elliot - The Musical.

The red carpet was rolled out last night as Billy Elliot arrived in Sunderland.

Local stars were welcomed to the Sunderland Empire as the hit musical, set in Easington Colliery, came to the theatre.

Director of Billy Elliot - The Musical Stephen Daldry with Easington Colliery Brass Band playing outside of the Sunderland Empire.

Director of Billy Elliot - The Musical Stephen Daldry with Easington Colliery Brass Band playing outside of the Sunderland Empire.

The show’s press night saw famous faces in the audience after they were greeted by Easington Colliery Brass Band who braved the bad weather to perform for people outside.

Among those to see the show were Emmerdale star Charlie Hardwick, Steps singer Faye Tozer, who lives in Boldon, The Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Coun Barry Curran and his wife Carol, and Googlebox’s County Durham family Betty and Mark Moffatt and their daughter Ava.

The musical runs at the Empire until Saturday, April 30. Click here to book tickets.

Actress and former Steps star, Faye Tozer arriving at the Billy Elliot - The Musical.

Actress and former Steps star, Faye Tozer arriving at the Billy Elliot - The Musical.

Mayor of Sunderland Cllr Barry Curran with his wife Carol, the Mayoress arriving at the Billy Elliot - The Musical.

Mayor of Sunderland Cllr Barry Curran with his wife Carol, the Mayoress arriving at the Billy Elliot - The Musical.

County Durham Googlebox stars Betty and Mark Moffatt with daughter Ava arriving at the Billy Elliot - The Musical.

County Durham Googlebox stars Betty and Mark Moffatt with daughter Ava arriving at the Billy Elliot - The Musical.

Billy Elliot at the Sunderland Empire.

Billy Elliot at the Sunderland Empire.