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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

SURPRISE VISIT AT WIRRAL RESIDENTIAL HOME

Published: May 28th, 2017

Residents at The Pines residential care home in Bidston were treated to a surprise visit from some of our members last week. We took a break from our busy rehearsal schedule to spend time with residents and bring the magic of the musicals directly into ...

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OLIVER! OPEN AUDITIONS

Published: April 24th, 2017

We are soon holding a set of open auditions for our production of Lionel Bart’s ever-popular OLIVER!, to be staged at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th November, 2017. All auditions are being held at our headquarters – Alexander Hall, ...

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Highlights from the Musicals – Free Concert

Published: March 30th, 2017

BOST are presenting a free evening of solos, duets and chorus numbers from the fabulous world of musical theatre at the Floral Pavilion on the 21st April at 7pm. Kindly hosted by our special guest Claire Sweeney, and featuring songs from shows including Les Misérables, Carousel, Blood ...

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