The hit musical will close at the Victoria Palace Theatre on the 9th April 2016, before embarking on its first UK tour. 

After 4,600 performances at the Victoria Palace Theatre, the hit musical based on the 2000 film will close following the announcement that the theatre will be undergoing refurbishment.

The show, which has been seen by over five million people since opening in London and has won numerous awards, will be heading off on a UK tour from February 2016 – with tickets available to buy now.

Billy Elliot was brought to the stage by the same creative team that worked on the Oscar nominated film including director Stephen Daldry, writer Lee Hall and choreographer Peter Darling.

Set in a mining town up in the north, against the background of the miners strike of 1984/85 the story follows Billy as he leaves the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and community and changes his life.

Director Stephen Daldry said: ” It has been a real privilege to have had the opportunity to retell Billy’s story on stage with my fellow creative team – I genuinely could not be more proud. I am really looking forward to our next chapter when we introduce the show to new audiences around the country and beyond.”

Since its world premiere in 2005, Billy Elliot the musical has won numerous awards and fans that has made it one of the best loved musicals in London.

Ruthie Henshall and Deka Walmsley lead the adult cast in the West End as Mrs Wilkinson and Dad respectively in Billy Elliot the Musical. They are joined by Matthew Seadon-Young as Tony, Gillian Elisa as Grandma, Howard Crossley as George, Claudia Bradley as Dead Mum, Phil Snowden as Mr Braithwaite and James Butcher as Older Billy. Ensemble members are Craig Armstrong, Richard Ashton, James Ballanger, David Bardsley, Paul Basleigh, Rachel Bingham, Lucinda Collins, Peter Cork, Scott Cripps, Robbie Durham, Ross Finnie, Lee Hoy, Ruri James, Ben Redfern, Charlotte Riby, Mike Scott, Sharon Sexton, Wendy Somerville, Spencer Stafford, David Stoller and Kerry Washington

Brodie Donougher (12 years old from Blackpool), Euan Garrett (12 years old from East Lothian, Scotland), Thomas Hazelby (11 years old from Doncaster) and Nat Sweeney (13 years old from Birmingham) alternate the title role of Billy Elliot. Ben Robinson (10 years old from Chester), Nathan Jones (12 years old from Northumberland) and Bradley Mayfield (11 years old from South Yorkshire) play the role of Billy’s best friend Michael.

Billy Elliot: The Musical continues to perform at the Victoria Palace Theatre until the 9th April 2016. To book tickets visit: Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Discount Theatre.com, Last Minute.com and Love Theatre.com

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