Billy Elliot Musical Keeps Margaret Thatcher Death Song IN Monday's Performance

Following the death of Margaret Thatcher yesterday from a stroke, one of the West End’s biggest plays faced the decision as to whether it would have to cut one of the most impactful moments of its script, with the show at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London possibly looking at cutting out a song in the musical that eagerly looks forward to the death of the former British prime minister.

Billy Elliott’s backdrop is the 1984 and 1985 miner’s strike between Thatcher’s government and the National Union of Mineworkers, one of the most pivotal moments of her 11 years in charge of the UK between 1979 and 1990. Given the death of the 87 year-old yesterday, Stephen Daltry, the director of the musical, said that there’d been much discussion about whether to drop the celebratory song.

Eventually, it was decided that the audience should be allowed to vote for whether the song would be allowed to remain in last night’s performance of the show or not. "After an explanation of the song's content and historical context from the stage, the audience voted overwhelmingly for its inclusion in the second act," he said. The song was composed by Sir Elton John with lyrics by Lee Hall, and is performed by miners during a party sequence, including the lyric: "We all celebrate today 'cause it's one day closer to your death."

Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher died yesterday


Contactmusic

Tags: Margaret Thatcher

Advertisement

More Margaret Thatcher

Iron Man 3 London Premiere Postponed After Margaret Thatcher Funeral Announcement

The Iron Man has had to cede to the Iron Lady after it was confirmed that the London premiere for Iron Man 3 is to...

BBC Radio One Chart Show Won't Play 'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead'

BBC Radio One have announced that the chart show won’t be playing the song Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead, in the likelihood that it...

Margaret Thatcher Street Party Organiser Identity Released

Some people are mourning the passing of Margaret Thatcher - her legacy, economic ‘reform’ and foreign policy. Some people are celebrating the passing of Margaret...

Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead Hits Top 10: But Can It Reach No.1?

Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead had launched into the UK Top 10 chart following the death of Margaret Thatcher. What probably started off as...

Advertisement

Billy Elliot Musical Keeps Margaret Thatcher Death Song IN Monday's Performance

Following the death of Margaret Thatcher yesterday from a stroke, one of the West End’s biggest plays faced the decision as to whether it would...

Could 'Ding Dong! The Witch' Top The UK Singles Charts This Weekend?

The death of Margaret Thatcher might have been met with sadness at the top level of British politics, but reactions at a wider level were...

Margaret Thatcher Dead At 87: Harry Styles (Of All People) Lead Tributes

A website titled "Is Margaret Thatcher Dead?" has received a slew of criticism in recent years for its tasteless daily updates of whether or not...

Jimmy Savile Letters To Margaret Thatcher Intrigues Us To Censored Correspondence

A letter from Jimmy Savile to Margaret Thatcher - which is thought to be the beginning of a close relationship - has been released to...

Advertisement

Comments

Margaret Thatcher Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Margaret Thatcher

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All