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Newcastle Still Wants ''Billy Elliot''

Wednesday 28 July 2004 @ 23:14 - GMT

Billy Elliot will play Newcastle's Tyne Theatre and Opera House in the future, ''by hook or by crook,'' the show's Geordie producer told the July 28, 2004 Evening Chronicle. But it was too big to stage for a short run before transferring the production to London, admitted Jon Finn, who was hardly able to discuss it until recently, being ''so gutted.''

The venue had hoped to premiere Billy Elliot over the Christmas season, with Elton himself attending one of the performances. Instead, it will open on March 28, 2005 at London's Victoria Palace Theatre.