Billy Elliot, the inspiring film about a boy who discovers a passion for dance, was first released in cinemas in 2000, quickly becoming an international box office smash which earned three Academy Award nominations and thirteen BAFTA nominations.
In 2005, the original team behind the film – writer Lee Hall, director Stephen Daldry and choreographer Peter Darling – were joined by music legend Elton John to create Billy Elliot the Musical which opened in London to extraordinary critical and public acclaim.
Still playing to packed houses in London’s West End, the show has gone on to extraordinary international success, having been seen around the world by nearly 11 million people, picking up over 80 theatre awards along the way.
To date, international productions have been staged in Sydney, Melbourne, New York, Chicago, Seoul and Toronto. On Broadway, the show ran for over three years winning 10 Tony Awards in 2009 including Best Musical. The North American touring production, which started in 2010, finished its spectacular run in São Paulo in 2013, the first time the show has played in South America. The first UK and Ireland tour will open at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in February 2016, and the first Japanese production will open in Tokyo in the summer of 2017.
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