Thursday, May 14, 2015
Elton Celebrates 10 Years of Billy Elliot in London
The musical received its world premiere at the Victoria Palace Theatre in March 2005 with the gala opening night taking place exactly 10 years ago yesterday. To coincide with the 10th birthday celebrations, Billy Elliot the Musical announced an extension to the West End run, releasing over 600,000 tickets for sale, taking booking through to 17 December 2016. In addition, the first UK and Ireland tour of Billy Elliot the Musical was also announced, opening at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in February 2016. Further tour dates and booking details will be announced shortly.
Elton John said: "When Stephen, Lee and I started work on Billy Elliot the Musical I knew this was going to be something very special. It's no secret that I fell in love with the film and from that moment I was convinced Billy's story should be seen on stage. When I saw the show for the first time back in 2005 I was completely bowled over and ten years and forty London Billy Elliots later, I couldn't be more proud of this extraordinary show. Billy Elliot in particular means something very special to me and I want to thank absolutely everyone who has been involved in the production throughout this incredible journey."
- Broadway World
Music superstar Elton John, who wrote the songs for the hit show after his partner David Furnish suggested the successful movie would make a brilliant musical, agreed, telling Official London Theatre: “There are still struggles going on. We hope the new government will be compassionate to the people who don’t have much in the world. There’s far too much between the haves and the have nots. I’m very proud of my country, and we’ve made huge advances, but there’s still a lot of love and tolerance to be spread about and this is what the show does. You can’t beat that message, especially in the world we live in today.”
“I’m so proud,” commented the Rocket Man singer, who is also working on a new musical about which he was remaining tight lipped. “Billy Elliot never dates, it never gets tired. The performances by the children and the cast are amazing and the choreography of the show is probably the best I’ve ever seen. Peter Darling [the choreographer] deserves a medal.”
- Official London Theatre
Speaking as the show marked its tenth anniversary with a gala performance at the Victoria Palace Theatre, Sir Elton told the Standard: “It’s just as relevant now as it was when it was written. There are still struggles going on. I hope the new Government will be compassionate towards people who don’t have much. There’s far too much between the have and the have-nots.”
- London Evening Standard