Billy Elliot The Musical Closing at the Victoria Palace Theatre
Big news comes out of the Victoria Palace Theatre today as Billy Elliot The Musical, one of the most successful shows currently running in the capital, announces that it will be coming to an end in April. It brings to an end over ten years of performances for the production, an adaptation of the equally successful film of the same name, and caps off a successful period in which millions of people flocked to witness it in person.
The news emerges as another stage adaptation of a British film, Bend It Like Beckham, extends at its home of the Phoenix Theatre, where it has been running since May 2015.
That date is just under ten years since Billy Elliot The Musical opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre. In March 2005 audiences first saw the adaptation of the 2000 film, which sees the character of Billy embark on an unexpected passion. Set in the North East of England in the 1980s, during the miner’s strikes, we meet Billy as someone who does not wish to follow in the footsteps of his father and brothers, who work in the mine’s an enjoy Boxing, and instead wishes to follow his passion for ballet by gaining a place at the Royal Ballet School.
Ruthie Henshall is amongst the current cast members of the production. She is one of the best known West End stars around, having appeared in a wealth of productions over the years, from Cats to Chicago. For Billy Elliot The Musical she appears alongside the likes of Matthew Season-Young and Deka Walmsley, amongst others.
The production continues at the Victoria Palace Theatre for now, but will come to an end on Saturday 9th April 2016. A UK tour also opens in February.
Bend It Like Beckham, meanwhile, as added two new weeks to its run at the Phoenix Theatre. The show is based on the film about the character of Jess who is also taking on a passion that is at odds with her family – Football.
It continues at its West End home and is now booking to Saturday 5th March 2016.