Billy Elliot is coming home to the North East

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The smash-hit Billy Elliot the Musical is to return to the North East for a limited run as part of its newly-announced UK and Ireland tour.

The show that needs no introduction in the North East is heading to the Sunderland Empire for a limited four week run from Wednesday, April 6 until Saturday, April 30 and will go on sale at 10am on Friday 9 October.

Ben Phillips, General Manager, Sunderland Empire said:“We are extremely excited to announce that the Sunderland Empire has been chosen as the North East theatre to host the smash-hit Billy Elliot the Musical as part of its first ever UK and Ireland tour.

“With such strong local and regional connections there is no doubt that this inspiring and moving production will strike a chord with audiences across the region and we are honoured to host a limited 4 week run next April.

“Billy Elliot the Musical has been captivating audiences in the West End and we can’t wait to bring this show home to the West End of the North East.”

Billy Elliot the Musical is brought to life by the multiple award-winning creative team behind the film including North East writer Lee Hall (book and lyrics), director Stephen Daldry and choreographer, Peter Darling, joined by Elton John who composed the show’s score.

The production features scenic design by Ian MacNeil, the associate director is Julian Webber, costume design is by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch.

Based on the highly successful film, the show is set in a northern mining town against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike and follows Billy’s journey from boxing to ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.

Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Billy Elliot the Musical has now been seen by over 10.5 million people across five continents and is the recipient of over 80 awards internationally, including ten Tony Awards and five Olivier Awards.

In 2006, Liam Mower, James Lomas and George Maguire, the first three boys to play the title role, became the youngest performers ever to have won the Olivier Award for Best Actor with the show also picking up the Best Musical prize. In total, eighty nine boys have now played the iconic title role on stage worldwide.

Billy Elliot the Musical is presented by Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions and is based on the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal film. The show is produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jon Finn and Sally Greene. Angela Morrison and David Furnish are executive producers.