The good: I saw Billy Elliot in Melbourne a few years ago, but was keen to see it again. Like the other Elton John musicals I know (Aida, Lestat) the music took a little while to grow on me first time around, but at some point I flipped over into absolutely loving it. It should go without saying that the London production is excellent - Ruthie Henshall as Mrs Henderson, Deka Walmsley as Dad, Chris Jenkins (who was the understudy) as a pretty excellent Tony. We had a newish Billy and Michael, and they were both great - especially Michael who was SO CUTE.
The bad: Ruthie Henshall’s accent wandered around a bit. *G*
The ugly: day seats are (usually) in the front row, and unlike some other stages, the Palace Victoria is really high up, so these seats really are restricted view - you lose the actors’ feet (which is not ideal in a play about dancing) and more at the back of the stage - and I am not particularly short (5’8). The first two rows and around the side are the same price - ~£20 - but the rest are released for sale beforehand, whereas row A is released on the day. Row B might be even worse because it isn’t raked, so you would have the same level issue, but the additional risk of a tall person in front. From my eyeballing the RV seats around the side, I would say you would lose quite a lot of the stage sitting there. Plus, in Row A you trade off the view of feet against a really excellent, close-up view of the actors, who can also see you and sometimes interact with you, which is fun.
The boyfriend of the very short woman sitting next to us got her a child’s booster seat, which may have been the most romantic thing I’ve seen all year.
I’d pay: first time around, this one might be worth paying a bit more for. That said, for £20 the front row is reasonable value and probably better than the other seats at that price.