Ruthie Henshall (Mrs Wilkinson) and Matteo Zecca (Billy) in Billy Elliot
Poised to extend: Ruthie Henshall and Matteo Zecca in Billy Elliot

Producers of Billy Elliot - The Musical have released a statement in the wake of news that Cameron Mackintosh is set to acquire its West End home, the Victoria Palace Theatre.

Mackintosh's purchase of the venue from Stephen Waley-Cohen includes plans for a complete refurbishment to extend the stage and front of house area.

In order to carry out the work, Mackintosh said he intends to close the theatre for "about a year" from late 2016.

In response, Billy Elliot producers have said the award-winning show, which has just welcomed its 37th Billy Elliot and a new cast led by Ruthie Henshall, "will continue to play for at least the next two and a half years."

Billy Elliot - The Musical is currently booking at the Victoria Palace to 16 May 2015 and a new booking period, to October 2015, will go on sale next month.

Adapted from the 2000 film, Billy Elliot - The Musical features music by Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall. Stephen Daldry directs with choreography by Peter Darling.

It's presented in London by Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions in association with Tiger Aspect.

For more information and tickets to Billy Elliot - The Musical, click here