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Billy Elliot the Musical is returning to Australia in 2019

By Krisinda Merhi December 19, 2018

It’s the shows 10th anniversary tour! 

The hugely successful West End musical premiered in Australia in 2007 as the first international production outside of the UK, prior to its Broadway premiere. 

With the first Australian tour concluding in Melbourne in 2009, it’s been almost ten years since the show graced Australian shores. 

And to celebrate 10 years away Billy Elliot the Musical is coming BACK to Aus for a 10th Anniversary tour. 

Last time, only audiences from Sydney and Melbourne were able to enjoy the show, but the 2019 season will see the musical travel to Australia’s other capital cities. 

The show will open at Sydney Lyric Theatre in October 2019 followed by seasons in Melbourne at the Regent Theatre from February 2020, Crown Theatre Perth from June 2020, QPAC’s Lyric Theatre in Brisbane from July 2020 and the Festival Theatre at Adelaide Festival Centre from September 2020. 

Yep, it’s a round trip! 

Australian Producer Louise Withers said, “Having been a part of the life of Billy Elliot worldwide for over 13 years, we are absolutely ecstatic that we have the opportunity to bring Billy back to Australia.”

“The Australian creative and technical team of the 2007 production, have since been taken across the world to stage productions in other countries…this 10th Anniversary Tour will bring our Australian team back together, to re-stage Billy and celebrate its 10th Anniversary here in Australia.”

Based on the film of the same name, Billy Elliot the Musical is a funny, gritty, heart-warming and feel- good celebration following the journey of a young boy raised in a small British town with big dreams to dance. 

His journey out of the boxing ring and into ballet class inspires his friends, family and whole community. 

Presented by Universal Theatrical Group, Working Title Films, Greene Light Stage, Michael Coppel Entertainment and Louise Withers, Billy Elliot the Musical features music by the legendary Elton John as well as book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry.

Elton John said “Billy Elliot for me is one of the most rewarding and creative works of my career. I have very fond memories of the Sydney production in 2007 as it was the first city outside of the UK we mounted the show and found many incredibly talented children who would go on to carry the show through its successful Australian run.”

“It is truly the most heart-warming show and I am so grateful that new generations of Australians will continue to experience its joy and inspiration.”

Billy Elliot the Musical opens in the Sydney Lyrics Theatre in 2019. Join the waiting list at billyelliotthemusical.com.au

Images: Alastair Muir / Billy Elliot the Musical Broadway.