Billy Elliot the Musical will return to the Aussie stage in 2019 for its 10th Anniversary Tour. It has been revealed that performances will be expanding its locations, having originally performed exclusively in Melbourne and Sydney in 2007, will now be hitting up stages in Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide.
A gritty yet heart-warming story, Billy Elliot the Musical follows the journey of a young boy raised in a small British mining town during the 1984/’85 miners’ strike. Billy’s journey takes him out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance.
The production is directed by Stephen Daldry, choreography by Peter Darling and features music by the legendary Elton John, who’s been a major fan of the Australian shows.
“I have very fond memories of the Sydney production in 2007 as it was the first city outside of the UK we mounted the show and found many incredibly talented children who would go on to carry the show through its successful Australian run,” Elton said.
“It is truly the most heart-warming show and I am so grateful that new generations of Australians will continue to experience its joy and inspiration.”
Since debuting in London 2005, the production has been the recipient of over 80 awards internationally, including ten Tony Awards, five Olivier Awards and eight Helpmann Awards.
Billy Elliot the Musical will open at Sydney Lyric Theatre in October 2019 followed by planned seasons in Melbourne at the Regent Theatre from February 2020, Crown Theatre Perth from June 2020, QPAC’s Lyric Theatre in Brisbane from July 2020 and the Festival Theatre at Adelaide Festival Centre from September 2020.
Tickets and more event information are yet to be announced, so stay tuned!