An all-star cast is featured in the new production of Lee Hall and Elton John's Billy Elliot – the Musical at the Erkel Theatre. The musical has been seen by more than 5 million people in London since its 2005 premiere, and 11 million people worldwide. In the Hungarian premiere of the piece on 29 July, 2016, András Stohl and Eszter Csákányi star. The production is directed by Tamás Szirtes.
With the end of the Shakespeare season approaching, the Hungarian State Opera will be organising its biggest festival ever – and certainly its most varied – between May 17 and 2 June 2016. While it won't be easy to exceed the scale of 2014's Strauss150 festival or the scope of the previous year's series on the theme of Faust, the unmatched influence of the "Swan of Avon" nevertheless ensures that this year will see premieres of 17 different adaptations in four different venues (the Opera House, Erkel Theatre, and the Music Academy), most of them more than once, and with several Hungarian premieres among them as well.