As Billy Elliot – The Musical celebrated its tenth birthday in the West End on 12 May 2015, it has been announced that it will embark on its first major UK and Ireland tour starting at Theatre Royal Plymouth next February before playing major venues around the country including Dublin’s Bord Gais and Southampton’s Mayflower.
The show, adapted by the same creative team behind the hit 2000 film, has also extended its booking period at the Victoria Palace Theatre until 17 December 2016. Further dates and full booking information will be announced soon.
Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry said: “From the start, Billy Elliot has given me enormous professional fulfilment as well as huge pride and the show will always have a very special place in my heart.”
The show’s composer Elton John added: “When I saw the show for the first time back in 2005 I was completely bowled over and ten years and forty London Billy Elliots later, I couldn’t be more proud of this extraordinary show.”
Elton John revealed plans for a big screen adaptation of his stage show Billy Elliot the Musical. Speaking after the show’s 10th anniversary performance, Sir Elton said “It will be lovely to do the film version. There are other songs that we had had to leave out of the musical that would be great in the film.”
The birthday show in London on Tuesday night featured performances by six Billy Elliot actors – past and present. It was attended by dozens of previous cast members from the past decade, many of whom joined the current cast on stage at the Victoria Palace Theatre.
Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dreams to become a ballet dancer come true.