Billy Elliot the Musical has announced its final performance in London’s West End. The show, which has held residency at the Victoria Palace Theatre for eleven years, will close on 9 April 2016, having run for 4,600 performances to over 5.25 million people in London and almost 11 million worldwide, grossing over $800 million.
With the announcement from Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions, comes the news that Billy Elliot will be closing the door on their West End residency while opening another: a national tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland, which will begin at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in February. Following Plymouth the show will visit Sunderland, Bradford, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, Bristol, Manchester, Southampton and Birmingham. The tour, which is currently booking until May 2017, will then transfer to the Akasaka ACT Theatre in Tokyo for its first Japanese language production.
Producer and co-chairman of Working Title Films Eric Fellner is thrilled that Billy Elliot will be touring the UK and Ireland. ‘After eleven incredible years at the Victoria Palace Theatre, I join my fellow producers in expressing our gratitude to absolutely everyone involved in making the show the enormous success it has become,’ he said. ‘It has been a privilege to witness Billy Elliot’s journey so far, from producing the film in 1999, to the musical opening in London, Sydney, Melbourne, Broadway, Chicago, Seoul and Toronto, among many other cities.’
‘Billy Elliot has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire life,’ said Elton John, who composed the score for the production. ‘I am so delighted that new audiences around the country will now have the opportunity to experience this extraordinary piece of work.’