After 4600 performances, the curtain has finally closed on the hit musical Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre.
The final performance of the multi-award winning production was attended by director Stephen Daldry, writer Lee Hall and composer Elton John who joined the company on stage accompanied by 32 past and present Billy Elliots, 24 past Michaels and 18 past Debbies as well as several adult members of the original Company.
Based on the Oscar nominated film released in 2000 and set in a northern mining town against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy’s journey takes him out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.
Ruthie Henshall and Deka Walmsley led the adult cast in this final Victoria Palace Theatre performance on 9 April 2016 as Mrs Wilkinson and Dad respectively. They were joined by Matthew Seadon-Young as Tony, Gillian Elisa as Grandma, Howard Crossley as George, Claudia Bradley as Dead Mum, Phil Snowden as Mr Braithwaite and James Butcher as Older Billy. Ensemble members were Craig Armstrong, Richard Ashton, James Ballanger, David Bardsley, Paul Basleigh, Rachel Bingham, Lucinda Collins, Peter Cork, Scott Cripps, Robbie Durham, Ross Finnie, Lee Hoy, Ruri James, Ben Redfern, Charlotte Riby, Mike Scott, Sharon Sexton, Wendy Somerville, Spencer Stafford, David Stoller and Kerry Washington.
Brodie Donougher, Euan Garrett, Thomas Hazelby and Nat Sweeney were the final group of young performers who alternated the title role of Billy Elliot.
After 11 years and 42 boys playing Billy Elliot, the London production has been seen by over 5.25 million people, while globally it has been seen by 11 million, grossing over $800 million and winning more than 80 theatre awards.
It was announced earlier last year that Billy Elliot would tour the UK.