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Billy Elliot and Bad Jews Extend as The Commitments Ends

Wednesday, 10th Jun 2015

Updates to Three Shows in the West End

Updates emerge for three shows running in the West End, with the popular shows Billy Elliot The Musical and Bad Jews adding new dates and the equally popular production The Commitments announcing the end of its run this November.

Billy Elliot The Musical is one of the West End’s most popular productions, having opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre in 2005, and it continues to attract big crowds. Its run in the capital reaches its 10th anniversary this year, making it one of the longest running shows around (though still behind the likes of Les Misérables and Mamma Mia!)

Based on the film of the same name, Billy Elliot tells the story of a young boy in a mining town in North East England in the 1980s. Reluctant to follow in the footsteps of his father and brothers, who work in the mines and enjoy sports-tickets/boxing.aspx">Boxing, he instead finds an unexpected passion in ballet. At first he keeps it secret, but he is going to need the support of his whole family if he wants to find a place at a prestigious school.

It continues at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London’s West End and, with a new extension, is now booking to Saturday 17th December 2016.

Bad Jews is a more recent addition to the capital, having opened at the Arts Theatre in March following its previous run at the St James Theatre, though it too has proven popular with audiences. It follows a family returning from their grandfather’s funeral as tensions rise concerning an heirloom.

It adds six more weeks to its run at the Arts Theatre meaning that audiences now have until Saturday 11th July 2015 to see it.

But whilst both of those shows extend, it is the end of the road for the hit musical The Commitments at the Palace Theatre. The show is based on the Roddy Doyle story and follows an Irish band as they reach great heights.

The production opened at the West End venue in 2013 and is now set to close on 1st November 2015 before it embarks on a tour of the United Kingdom.

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