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Wednesday 27 April 2011 @ 17:27 - GMT

A play which centres on the early days of the AIDS pandemic could be brought to the British stage by Elton and David Furnish.

The Normal Heart, written 26 years ago by Larry Kramer, the American playwright and activist, opens tonight for the first time on Broadway, having earned standing ovations in previews.

"Better late than never," Kramer told The Times of London. Furnish claims the playwright's work "shamed" his partner into doing more to fight AIDS, specifically setting up the Elton John AIDS Foundation two decades ago.

Furnish said the emotional play is, "an astonishing, emotionally compelling piece of writing and a moving, fantastic piece of theater that the younger generation needs to see.

Elton and I are focused on making sure that they do."

Meanwhile, the American engagement runs 12 weeks at the John Golden Theatre.

Tickets, priced  $26.50-$116.50, are available via Telecharge.com, by calling (212) 239-6200, or in person at the theatre's box office (252 West 45th Street).