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Elsie Kelly

Elsie has been the permanent Director of BOST since 1973. She was for many years Head of Theatre Studies at the Elliott-Clarke College, and was a lecturer on the Edge Hill Theatre and Media course. Elsie is Merseyside’s most experienced Director of musicals, with more than eighty to her credit – many at the Liverpool Empire. She has also directed professional pantomimes at the Empire, Neptune, Floral Pavilion and Theatre Royal, St Helens – starring such artists as Les Dawson, Windsor Davis, Melvyn Hayes and Norman Vaughan.

As an actress Elsie has appeared many times on television, first coming to prominence as Mrs. Tardebigge in the original “Crossroads”. She appeared in all three series of “The Famous Five” as the Housekeeper, and in “Ghosthunters”, “Animal Ark”, “Hearts and Minds”, “Bread” and “Boys from the Blackstuff”. She was also a leading character in all three series of “Harry and the Wrinklies”. On film Elsie played Julie Walters’ Sister-in-Law in “Intimate Relations” and the Grandmother of Jason Isaacs and Nick Moran in “Brotherly Love”. In recent years, Elsie has become best known for playing Johnny Vegas’s mother, Noreen Maltby, in the hugely successful ITV series “Benidorm”. The last few years have been incredibly busy for Elsie; as well as continuing to direct BOST’s major productions, she has appeared in “Skins”, “The Peter Serafinowicz Christmas Show”, the BBC2 play “Occupation 2”, and in the feature film “Late Bloomers”, starring William Hurt and Isabella Rossellini. Most recently she has returned to our TV screens as Noreen in the fifth series of “Benidorm”.

Latest News

BOST to commemorate 75th Anniversary of VE Day with special performance

Published: August 13th, 2019

In May 2020, we will be performing the definitive WWII musical, ‘When The Lights Go On Again’ (WTLGOA). The musical, written by Roy Sault, is set during the days of World War II and takes audiences through the quirks, humour and tragedy of every day ...

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Award shortlisting for BOST and Elsie Kelly

Published: August 9th, 2019

BOST & Elsie Kelly have been selected as finalists in the Liverpool Echo Awards, for the Arts & Performance Award category. Over the past few months the Liverpool ECHO, in association with SP Energy Networks, have been searching for the stars in the community, the ...

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Cast announced for A Christmas Carol

Published: July 25th, 2019

After our highly competitive open auditions, we’re excited to announce our talented ‘A Christmas Carol’ cast. It’s great to have lots of new faces join the company, performing alongside others who have graced the stage with BOST many times before. We’re also delighted to have ...

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