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Billy Elliot Musical To Close


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Billy Elliot - The Musical, based on the 2000 film starring Jamie Bell as an aspiring ballet dancer, premiered at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London in 2005.

The West End stage show, which has racked up more than 4,600 performances, will close on 9 April (16) and begin touring the U.K. and Ireland in February (16).

Veteran singer Sir Elton John, who wrote the music for the show, says, "Billy Elliot has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire life... Each time I've revisited the show I have been moved by Billy's heart-warming story and his determination to achieve his dreams... I am so delighted that new audiences around the country will now have the opportunity to experience this extraordinary piece of work."

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Billy Elliot 10 Anniversary

Sally Greene - Billy Elliot the musical 10th Anniversary at the Victoria Palace Theatre - Arrivals. at Palace Theatre - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 12th May 2015

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Billy Elliot and Sally Greene

Julie Walters Opens Up About Struggle With Menopause


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Veteran actress Julie Walters broke down in tears on the set of Billy Elliot as she was going through the menopause at the time of filming.

The Harry Potter star has opened up about her struggle to cope with the physical changes, and admits she found it impossible to learn her dance routine because she was so emotionally unstable.

During a live question and answer session with fans, Walters discussed how hard she found filming for the movie musical, saying, "It was awful, and I couldn't get the steps right. It was the menopause again, I don't want to go on, but it was. I went up to the end of the room, and I've never done this on a set before or since, and cried. But anyway I had to come back and face everybody. It was just terrible. Anyway we got it right in the end."

Billy Elliot Claims Top Spot At U.k Box Office


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A recording of the Billy Elliot stage show has beaten Denzel Washington's new thriller The Equalizer to the top spot in the U.K box office chart.

The beloved British theatre production, based on the 2000 film starring Jamie Bell, stormed U.K. cinemas this weekend (26-28Sep14), bringing in $3 million (£1.9 million).

The feat put the filmed stage show narrowly ahead of Washington's Hollywood blockbuster which took just $22,323 (£13,952) less.

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Jamie Bell Joins Nymphomaniac


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Jamie Bell has joined the cast of 'Nymphomaniac'.

The British actor will star alongside Shia LaBeouf - who has real sex in the movie, with the assistance of body doubles and visual effects - and Charlotte Gainsbourg in the Lars von Trier-directed picture.

Other new castings include Nicolas Bro, Connie Nielsen, Jens Albinus and Severin von Hoensbroesch.

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Sir Elton John Celebrates 3000th Performance Of Billy Elliot


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Sir Elton John battled illness on Wednesday (30May12) to congratulate the cast of London's Billy Elliot stage show on its 3000th performance.

The Rocket Man, who composed the tunes for the musical, was recently forced to scrap a number of concerts in Las Vegas to recover from a serious respiratory infection, but he put on a brave face to join director Stephen Daldry and writer Lee Hall in celebrating Billy Elliot the Musical's continued success.

The cast and crew of the West End production delivered its landmark show for a gala audience at the Victoria Palace Theatre on Wednesday, with the stars delivering a special finale number to a roaring applause.

The famed show, based on the award-winning film of the same name, premiered in 2005 and follows the titular character as he struggles to realise his boyhood dream of becoming a dancer despite the odds. To date, more than eight million people have taken in the spectacle, including actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman and Queen Elizabeth II.

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Justin Timberlake To Play Elton John?


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Sir Elton John wants Justin Timberlake to play him in his forthcoming biopic.

The legendary singer has revealed The Script has been written for the movie - provisionally entitled 'Rocket Man' - and casting will soon take place, although the 'Social Network' star is his top choice for the part.

He said: "We have a director on board and then it's just going to be a matter of getting the script exactly the way we want it. Lee Hall has written the script - he wrote' Billy Elliot' - and then we'll start trying to cast and plan.

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Jamie Bell Wanted Dance Contest With Channing Tatum


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Jamie Bell wanted a dance off with Channing Tatum on the set of their new movie.

The pair star together in new action movie 'The Eagle', but with both having shown off their footwork in their previous films - Jamie in ballet movie 'Billy Elliot' and his co-star in 'Step Up' - the British actor wanted to put their skills to the test, though he thinks they would both be worthy winners.

Jamie said: "I wish there was a dance off on set. We both have different styles of dance, he's much more of a contemporary dancer and I come from a tap dancing background. If it was a battle I think we should both win medals, because we do come from different arenas."

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Elton John Working On Biopic


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Sir Elton John is working on a movie of his "crazy" life.

The 'Crocodile Rock' hitmaker and partner David Furnish - who became fathers to son Zachary, who was born through a surrogate mother, on Christmas Day (25.12.10) - are teaming up with British screenwriter Lee Hall for the project, which the legendary entertainer promises will be "surreal".

He said: "I'd just like to make a really great film about my life story. We have a great script already by Lee Hall who wrote 'Billy Elliot'.

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Billy Elliot The Musical Fifth Birthday Performance Held At The Victoria Palace Theatre - Arrivals.

Billy Elliot Cast and Billy Elliot Wednesday 31st March 2010 Billy Elliot the Musical fifth birthday performance held at the Victoria Palace Theatre - arrivals. London, England

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Slumdog Millionaire Breaks Record In Topping UK Charts

By on 20 January 2009

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Golden Globe winner Slumdog Millionaire has continued its incredible run of success, breaking a UK box office record as it topped the charts.

Danny Boyle's film, which tells of a boy from the Mumbai slums nearing fame and fortune on the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, increased its box office haul by 47 per cent in its second week on release, claiming the number one spot at the same time.

The huge jump in earnings - which followed the film's four wins at the Golden Globes - is the most successful second weekend ever recorded for a UK film release that had not substantially increased its number of prints on show, according to industry monitor Nielsen EDI.

"It's incredible... 47 per cent is the biggest ever increase for a UK saturation release," Dave Thurston, Nielsen EDI's managing director of was quoted by Sky News as saying.

"It really is a box office phenomenon, breaking the record previously held by Billy Elliot's 13 per cent. It is clearly a hit."

New Will Smith drama Seven Pounds debuted at number two - with last week's number one Role Models falling to third - while horror remake My Bloody Valentine 3D opened at number four.

Disney's Beverly Hills Chihuahua failed to repeat its chart-topping US success on this side of the Atlantic, opening at number six, while The Wrestler - which saw Mickey Rourke claim the best actor in a drama Golden Globe - entered the UK charts at number eight.

The top ten films at the UK box office are: (last week's position)

1 Slumdog Millionaire (2)
2 Seven Pounds (-)
3 Role Models (1)
4 My Bloody Valentine 3D (-)
5 Bride Wars (3)
6 Beverly Hills Chihuahua (-)
7 Defiance (4)
8 The Wrestler (-)
9 Yes Man (5)
10 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (7)

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Opening Night After Party For 'Billy Elliot The Musical' Held At 608 West 28th St.

Autumn Hurlbert and Billy Elliot Thursday 13th November 2008 Opening Night After Party for 'Billy Elliot The Musical' held at 608 West 28th St. New York City, USA

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Autumn Hurlbert and Billy Elliot
Sandra Santiago and Billy Elliot

Calendar Girls Book West End Date


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Hit British film Calendar Girls is to be resurrected on the legendary London stage, following the success of the THE FULL MONTY spin-off.

Makers of the DAME HELEN MIRREN-starring comedy - which focuses on 12 middle-aged villagers who pose naked for a charity calendar - are in negotiations with theatre chiefs to adapt the story for the West End stage.

And producers are confident the success of film-to-stage favourites The Full Monty and Billy Elliot has paved the way for similar hit movies to enjoy renewed life as live shows.

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