Billy Elliot, the inspiring film about a boy who discovers a passion for dance, was first released in cinemas in 2000, quickly becoming an international box office smash which earned three Academy Award nominations and thirteen BAFTA nominations.
In 2005, the original team behind the film – writer Lee Hall, director Stephen Daldry and choreographer Peter Darling – were joined by music legend Elton John to create Billy Elliot the Musical which opened in London to extraordinary critical and public acclaim.
The show has gone on to achieve incredible international success, having been seen around the world by over 11 million people, picking up more than 80 theatre awards along the way.
To date, international productions have been staged in Sydney, Melbourne, New York, Chicago, Seoul and Toronto. On Broadway, the show ran for over three years winning 10 Tony Awards in 2009 including Best Musical. The North American touring production, which started in 2010, finished its spectacular run in São Paulo in 2013, the first time the show has played in South America. The first UK and Ireland tour began at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in February 2016 and is currently booking until April 2017. In the summer of 2017, the first Japanese language production will open at the Akasaka ACT Theater in Tokyo and a new Korean production will open at the D-Cube Arts Centre in Seoul.
The final performance in London's West End took place on April 9th, 2016 after 4,600 performances to allow for refurbishment of the Victoria Palace Theatre which was home to Billy for 11 fantastic years.
Visit www.billyelliotthemusical.com for full UK and Ireland tour dates and further information on the show.
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