'Billy Elliot The Musical' Extends Through December 2008

As Elton John and Lee Hall's awar-winning Billy Elliot The Musical approaches its second birthday, half a million new tickets will go on sale April 23, taking booking up until December 20, 2008. The Stephen Daldry-directed show has been playing at the Victoria Palace Theatre since March 2005, and has taken in over £55 million at the box office. New productions are set to open in Sydney, Australia in December this year, followed by a Broadway production opening in New York in 2008.

Press notes state, "Billy Elliot The Musical is set in the North East and is a funny, heart-warming and feel-good celebration of one young boy's dreams. This new staging of Billy Elliot The Musical is an adaptation of one of the most adored British films of the last decade which broke box office records across the world and was nominated for 3 Oscars and 13 BAFTA Awards."

Billy Elliot The Musical features choreography by Peter Darling, designs are by Ian MacNeil, sound by Paul Arditti, and lighting by Rick Fisher. The current Billy Elliots are Leon Cooke (15 years old from Clayton, Nr Newcastle under-Lyme), Dean McCarthy (15 years old from Clondalkin, Dublin), Layton Williams (12 years old from Manchester) and Travis Yates (14 years old from Alkrington, Nr Middleton), who perform alongside Sally Dexter (Mrs. Wilkinson until June 2), Jackie Clune (Mrs. Wilkinson from June 4), James Gaddas (Dad), Chris Lennon (Tony), Ann Emery (Grandma), Trevor Fox (George), Alex Delamere (Mr Braithwaite), Sara Poyzer (Mum) and Isaac James (Older Billy). Billy Elliot The Musical is produced by Working Title and Old Vic Productions plc.

Billy Elliott The Musical is currently running at the Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street, London SW1, Monday – Saturday at 7:30pm with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2:30pm. Tickets are £60.00 - £17.50, and are available by calling 0870 895 5577. For more information, visit www.billyelliotthemusical.com or www.billyelliotthemusical.mobi.

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