Mataró is a city in the province of Barcelona in Spain. A production of Billy Elliot the Musical (BETM) was first presented here from March 3 to April 15, 2018 at the Teatre Sala Cabanyes. This was the second production of BETM that had been presented in Spain, as there is currently a production running in Madrid, although, unlike the Madrid production, the Mataró production is performed in Catalan, not Spanish.
A year later the production of BETM will return to Mataró for a second season, with performances from March 30 to April 28, 2019.
Sala Cabanyes was inaugurated in 1933, named in memory of Emili Cabanyes i Rabassa. Since 1916 the Dramatic Society had been performing in a small and unsuitable space, so with the founding of the theatre they now have a proper place to perform. Over the years, work has been carried out to improve and update the performing space and the technical equipment used.
These days a season of productions runs from October to June each year, with a selection of both plays and musicals. Alongside Billy Elliot the Musical, other shows that were presented in the 2017-18 season were Oleanna, Les Miserables, and Els Pastorets de Mataró, which has been performed in the Christmas season at this theatre every year for over a hundred years.
The Mataró production of BETM has been a long time in the making. Auditions to find their Billys were held in October 2016, and the two boys chosen to play the lead then trained and rehearsed for the next year and a half to ready themselves for the production.
The two young actors who shared the lead role of Billy in the Mataró production of BETM are Quim Font and Joan García. Both of these actors will be returning to play the role of Billy for the 2019 season.
To see a complete listing of the rest of the Mataró cast, just click on the Cast Information button.