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Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions reported yesterday that after 4,600 performances, due to the theatre’s previously announced refurbishment programme, the award-winning West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical will play its final performance at the Victoria Palace Theatre on April 9, 2016 –  as the production celebrates its eleventh birthday. The show has been seen to date by over 5.25 million people in London and nearly 11 million people worldwide, has grossed over $800 million worldwide and is the winner of over 80 theatre awards internationally.

But fans will not be left bereft, as the show is embarking on its first tour of the UK and Ireland. Billy Elliot the Musical will open at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in February 2016, when the touring and West End productions will be playing concurrently. Further dates – Sunderland, Bradford, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, Bristol, Manchester, Southampton and Birmingham – have subsequently been revealed, with the tour currently booking to May 2017. The first Japanese language production will open at the Akasaka ACT Theater in Tokyo in 2017.

Billy Elliot has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire life. The talented young performers who have become part of our Billy Elliot family have amazed me with their achievements from the very start,” Elton said.

“I am so delighted that new audiences around the country will now have the opportunity to experience this extraordinary piece of work.”