Today (12th May) the West End production of Billy Elliot The Musical celebrates its tenth birthday! The musical opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre on 12th May 2005 and has now been seen by over 10 million people worldwide, including 5 million at its London home. Check special photos from the last ten years below (click image to enlarge).
Earlier today producers extended Billy Elliot's West End booking period to 17th December 2016 and announced that the musical will launch its first UK and Ireland tour next year. The production will open at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in February 2016. Further tour dates and booking details will be announced shortly.
2005 – Original Billy Elliots James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower at the opening night curtain call in May 2005 / Photo credit: David Scheinmann
2006 – Simon Cowell, Sharon Osborne, Elton John and Louis Walsh join the curtain call with Liam Mower for a special charity performance of Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre in May 2006 / Photo credit: Craig Sugden
2007 – The London Billys meet the Australian Billys at the Victoria Palace Theatre with Elton John who wrote the music for Billy Elliot the Musical / Photo credit: David Scheinmann
2008 – Stephen Daldry celebrates Billy Elliot the Musical’s third Birthday in the West End with the London and Broadway Billy Elliots / Photo credit: Dan Wooller
2009 - Oliver Gardner joins cast to play Billy Elliot on 4th Birthday performance on 12 May 2009 / Photo credit: Alastair Muir
2010 - Billy Elliot the Musical celebrates the 5th Birthday with 19 past and present Billy Elliots in a special finale / Photo credit: Richard Davenport
2011 – Nearly 300 young people from around the UK perform at the Billy Youth Theatre West End Gala at the Victoria Palace Theatre / Photo credit: Ellie Kurtz
2012 – Stephen Daldry, Elton John, Lee Hall and the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical celebrate 7 years in the West End / Photo credit: Dan Wooller
2013 – Billy Elliot the Musical wins the Olivier Audience Award, voted for by the public, with Deka Walsmley (Dad) and Gillian Bevan (Mrs Wilkinson) collecting the accolade / Photo credit: Pamela Raith
2014 – Billy Elliot the Musical Live is broadcast to cinemas from the Victoria Palace Theatre with a special mash-up curtain call reuniting 25 former and current Billy Elliots / Photo credit: Craig Sugden
2015 – Past and present Billy Elliots prepare for a special performance on ITV’s Sunday Night at the Palladium
Happy 10th Birthday Billy Elliot!