Tag Archives | Ben Elton

Billy Elliot the Musical – West End production bids farewell

This weekend, after 4,600 performances and prior to the theatre’s previously announced refurbishment programme, the final Victoria Palace Theatre performance of Billy Elliot the Musical took place in front of a packed house with guests including past and present Billy Elliots, original cast members and members of the show’s creative team. The 1,530-strong audience rose to their […]

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The Beautiful Game – Union Theatre

The Beautiful Game continues at the Union Theatre, London until 3 May. On its original West End run in 2000, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s musical The Beautiful Game attracted much scorn for attempting to address Northern Ireland’s Troubles of the late 1960s and early 1970s through the use of musical theatre. And while there is plenty to be […]

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Niamh Perry playing The Beautiful Game

It’s not every 23 year-old musical theatre actress who can plausibly first-name drop Lord Lloyd Webber. Niamh Perry is one. “It’s taken the best bits of both productions… it’s what it always should have been in Andrew’s eyes.” The musical in question is one of the Lord’s lesser known works, The Beautiful Game. The show, […]

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Lloyd Webber’s The Beautiful Game revived at the Union Theatre

Over 12 years after it was seen in the West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s The Beautiful Game will receive its first London revival at the Union Theatre from 3 April (press night is 8 April) to 3 May 2014. John and Del are just two regular teenagers who dream of nothing more […]

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We Will Rock You to close after 12-year run

After a record-breaking 12 years at London’s Dominion Theatre, entertaining more than 6.5 million people, the Queen and Ben Elton musical We Will Rock You will close on 31 May 2014. Now the longest-running show ever at the Dominion Theatre by a margin of nine years, the musical has become one of the Top 10 longest-running musicals […]

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Tonight’s the Night – interview with Ben Elton

Ben Elton’s career has spanned plays, novels, and a feature film, in addition to 30 years as a successful comic writer and performer on British television and the stand-up circuit. But Elton has always reserved a special place in his heart for musicals, having written three that feature music from such diverse talents as Andrew […]

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Tonight’s the Night on tour from January 2014

Tonight’s the Night, the musical comedy inspired by the songs of Rod Stewart, is to launch a major new tour in January 2014, starring Jade Ewen (Sugababes). The show premiered in the West End in 2003 and went on to tour across across the UK. With a book by writer and comedian Ben Elton (We […]

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We Will Rock You Arena Tour

No fewer than 25 Queen melodies energise We Will Rock You, Ben Elton, Roger Taylor and Brian May’s 2002 hit show, a version of which is touring Scandinavia, the Low Countries, Eastern Europe, and, more recently, Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena. Elton’s idea is terrific, but as contorted as it is ingenious. As a vehicle for the sizzling […]

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