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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

Sweeney Todd cast announced

Published: June 26th, 2018

Following some highly competitive open auditions for ‘Sweeney Todd’, the panel have selected a very talented principal cast, who are now busy rehearsing with Director Elsie Kelly. With some recognisable names from previous BOST productions alongside some new faces, we’re pleased to reveal the talented ...

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Rave reviews for ‘My Fair Lady’

Published: June 26th, 2018

Following our short – but very sweet – run of ‘My Fair Lady’ staged concerts earlier this month, we have received some loverly feedback from audience members and theatre critics alike. Here are just a few comments, reviews and pieces of feedback received: “The programme ...

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An Evening with Norah Button

Published: June 18th, 2018

BOST Musicals are hosting an evening with ‘theatre guru’ and BOST Patron, Norah Button, later this year. Norah, who won the Freedom of the City of Liverpool Award in 2010 and was Co-Principal of Liverpool Theatre School, has had a hugely successful career as a ...

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