Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions are delighted to announce the complete list of dates for the first ever UK and Ireland tour of the internationally acclaimed Billy Elliot the Musical.
Billy Elliot the Musical will open at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, where it will play from Wednesday 24th February to Saturday 2nd April 2016, before visiting Sunderland Empire (6th – 30th April 2016), Bradford Alhambra (10th May – 11th June 2016), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (14th June – 16th July 2016), Dublin Bord Gáis Energy Theatre (26th July – 3rd September 2016), Edinburgh Playhouse (20th September – 22nd October 2016), Bristol Hippodrome (25th October – 26th November 2016), Manchester Palace Theatre (29th November 2016 – 28th January 2017), Southampton Mayflower (7th February – 4th March 2017), finishing at Birmingham Hippodrome (7th March – 6th May 2017).
Producer Eric Fellner said today: ‘Having recently celebrated 10 extraordinary years of Billy Elliot the Musical in London, we are delighted to have the opportunity to bring a new touring production of this inspiring show to fans across the UK and Ireland and the chance to delight new audiences along the way.’
Based on the highly successful film, the show is set in a northern mining town against the background of the 1984/85 miners’ strike and follows Billy’s journey from boxing to ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community, and changes his life forever.
Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Billy Elliot the Musical has now been seen by over 10.5 million people across five continents and is the recipient of over 80 awards internationally, including 10 Tony Awards and five Olivier Awards. In 2006, Liam Mower, James Lomas and George Maguire, the first three boys to play the title role, became the youngest performers ever to have won the Olivier Award for Best Actor, with the show also picking up the Best Musical prize. In total, 89 boys have now played the iconic title role on stage worldwide.
Billy Elliot the Musical is brought to life by the multiple award-winning creative team behind the film, including writer Lee Hall (book and lyrics), director Stephen Daldry, and choreographer, Peter Darling, joined by Sir Elton John who composed the show’s score. Billy Elliot the Musical is currently booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London, until 17th December 2016.
Visit billyelliotthemusical.com to buy tickets.
Images: Alastair Muir