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Preview: Billy Elliot the Musical at Sunderland Empire

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Billy Elliot the Musical
Sunderland Empire
Wednesday 6th – Saturday 30th April 2016

Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions are delighted to announce the international smash-hit Billy Elliot the Musical will visit the Sunderland Empire for a limited four week run from Wednesday 6th – Saturday 30th April 2016 and will go on sale at 10am on Friday 9 October.

Eric Fellner (Producer) said today: “Having recently celebrated ten extraordinary years of Billy Elliot the Musical in London, we are delighted to have the opportunity to bring a new touring production of this inspiring show to fans across the UK and Ireland and the chance to delight new audiences along the way.”

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.

Photo: Alastair Muir
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 Endand we can’t wait to bring this show home to the West End of the North East.”

Photo: Alastair Muir
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.

Photo: Alastair Muir
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.

Photo: Alastair Muir
Billy Elliot the Musical is brought to life by the multiple award-winning creative team behind the film including 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.

The first Dutch production of Billy Elliot the Musical continues at the AFAS Circustheater in The Hague. Productions have previously been staged on Broadway, in Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, Toronto and Seoul, South Korea. The North American touring production, which began in 2010, finished its spectacular run in August 2013 with an engagement in São Paulo, Brazil, the first time Billy Elliot played in South America. Further international productions are planned including the first Japanese production in 2017. Billy Elliot the Musical is currently booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London until 17 December 2016.

Photo: Alastair Muir
Billy Elliot the Musicalis 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 Morrisonand David Furnish are executive producers.

On The Web:
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Billy Elliot The Musical comes to Sunderland Empire from Wednesday 6 April – Saturday 30 April 2016

On sale 9 October 2015

Tickets available in person at the Box Office on High Street West, from the Ticket Centre on
0844 871 3022* or online at*
*Calls cost 7p per minute plus your standard network charge. Booking fees may apply to telephone and online bookings.

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