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Billy Elliot announces final West End performance

The hit musical is set to close in London after eleven years

The original Billy Elliots - James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower
(© David Scheinmann)

Billy Elliot - The Musical has announced it will play its final performance at the Victoria Palace Theatre on 9 April 2016.

The award-winning musical moves from the Victoria Palace due to a refurbishment programme at the theatre but will embark on its first UK and Ireland tour which will open in Plymouth in February. The tour is currently booking until May 2017.

The show, adapted by the same creative team behind the hit 2000 film, is set in a northern mining town against the background of the 1984/'85 miners' strike and is the story of a young boy's struggle against the odds to make his dreams to become a ballet dancer come true.

Billy Elliot opened in the West End in May 2004 and will have enjoyed over 4,600 performances in its eleven years when it closes.

Elton John, who wrote the songs for the show, described how Billy Elliot was one of the most rewarding experiences of his life, adding: "Each time I have revisited the show I have been moved by Billy's heart-warming story and his determination to achieve his dreams. I am so delighted that new audiences around the country will now have the opportunity to experience this extraordinary piece of work."

Director Stephen Daldry added: "It has been a real privilege to have had the opportunity to retell Billy's story on stage with my fellow creative team – I genuinely could not be more proud. I am really looking forward to our next chapter when we introduce the show to new audiences around the country and beyond."

The West End cast currently includes Ruthie Henshall and Deka Walmsley. The production recently welcomed its 42nd Billy with Euan Garrett.