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Elton John and Kevin Spacey joined forces to save one of London's most famous theaters

Thursday 6 February 2003 @ 15:39 - GMT

Hollywood star Kevin Spacey and Elton joined forces on Wednesday 5 February 2003 to save one of London's most famous theaters, the Old Vic.

They staged a glittering, star-studded charity concert to raise 500,000 £ ($826,000) for the historic theater.

Elton is chairman of the Old Vic Theater Trust while Spacey was named earlier on Wednesday as the new artistic director of the theater.

Chelsea ClintonDuring the concert, Kevin Spacey joined Elton on stage to launch into a duet of Someone Saved My Life Tonight.

The performance of the actor, an active campaigner for President Bill Clinton, was warmly applauded by Clinton's daughter Chelsea, who is in Britain studying Oxford University, north of London. Courtney Love & Elton

Elton may have been nursing a sore throat and quipped afterwards that it hadn't been his best performance.

"I open my mouth and I don't know what is going to come out next," he joked.

Among the most eagerly awaited stars at the concert was U.S. rock star Courtney Love who sang singing Dont Let The Sun Go Down On Me.

Sting & Courtney LoveOther performers included Sting, Lutlu, Sharlene Spiteri and Elvis Costello.

Stars who turned out to see the grand concert included Cate Blanchett, footballers wives star Katherine Monaghan, Joan Collins, ex-Genesis man Mike Rutherford, Richard Branson, Tamara Beckwith and Chelsea Clinton.

Courtney Love's performance had a further twist.

The controversial star was performing a duet with Elton of his hit The Bitch Is Back, when she appeared on stage in the Donald Duck outfit.

Love began peeling off layers of clothes until she was dressed in just fishnets and her underwear before bounding on to Elton's grand piano and continuing to sing as the show reached the climax.

Love - widow of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain - said: "I have no regrets about what happened."

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