The last London performance of a major stage show will raise money for an East Durham charity.
Billy Elliot will be performed in support of the East Durham Trust.
Tickets for the final performance went on sale yesterday via the Victoria Palace Theatre box office, with all proceeds donated to the Trust.
East Durham Trust chief executive Malcolm Fallow said: “I want to thank everyone involved in Billy Elliot the Musical for their incredible support. This is a fantastic gesture and it will genuinely be appreciated by the people of East Durham and make a significant difference to our ongoing work in the community.”
Billy Elliot the Musical celebrates its eleventh birthday and after 4,600 performances, the multi award-winning West End production will play its final performance at the Victoria Palace Theatre on April 9.
The East Durham Trust is the flagship voluntary and community sector organisation for the area, and was set up to counteract the effects of social and economic deprivation through community based programmes.
Billy Elliot the Musical is presented in London by Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions in association with Tiger Aspect and is based on the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal
Eric Fellner, Producer and Co-Chairman of Working Title Films, said: “We are delighted to be supporting East Durham Trust, a charity that resonates only too well with Lee Hall’s heart-warming story of Billy and his family. Billy’s journey has been something we are extremely proud of and we are delighted that proceeds from our final performance at the Victoria Palace Theatre will go to helping the local communities in County Durham.”
The show is 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 lead the adult cast in the West End as Mrs Wilkinson and Dad respectively in Billy Elliot the Musical.
Also in the cast are 11-year-olds Beatrice Bartley from Durham, Hollie Jayne Creighton, from Sunderland and Connie Fisher from North who alternate the role of Debbie.
For ticket and performance details, contact the theatre box office on 0844 248 5000.