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07/06/04
Billy Elliot Gets Ticket to the West End
- Ballet-show due to start March 2005

BILLY ELLIOT, one of the most successful British films of recent years, is to become a West End musical.

The film's story of a young boy in a north England mining town who finds creative solace in ballet, despite the objections of his father, captured the hearts of cinema goers in 2000 and took UKP100 million at the box office along the way.

New music for the show is be be written by Sir Elton John who counts himself among the film's biggest fans. "When I saw it, I was so moved," John said. "I was seen to be sobbing in my seat and at the end of it had to be carted out by about three people."

Also involved in the project are Lee Hall, who wrote the screenplay for the movie, Stephen Daldry, the film's director and choreographer Peter Darling. Billy Elliot the musical is scheduled to open next March and has a budget of some UKP6 million, double that of the film.




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