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Last Updated: Friday, 13 May, 2005, 09:38 GMT 10:38 UK
Opening night of Billy Elliot - The Musical
Chris Evans and Gordon Ramsay
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Chris Evans and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay were among the stars attending the 5m stage musical at London's Victoria Palace Theatre on Thursday.
Jamie Bell
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Jamie Bell, Bafta-winning star of the 2000 film Billy Elliot, called the stage adaptation "the most amazing thing I've ever seen" and admitted to crying during the performance.
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Singer Lulu attended the opening night of the musical which tells the story of a young boy's ambition to become a dancer against the backdrop of the 1984 miners' strike.
Stephen Daldry
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Stephen Daldry directed both the film and the stage adaptation of Billy Elliot. "I'm so tired I could keel over," he told reporters.
(l-r) James Lomas, George Maguire, Elton John and Liam Mower
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Jamie Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower were chosen to share the role of Billy from 3,000 hopefuls after an "exhaustive and exhausting" search across the UK.
Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayer
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Elizabeth Hurley, a close friend of Billy Elliot composer Sir Elton John, attended the premiere with her partner Arun Nayer.
Graham Norton
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Strictly Dance Fever host Graham Norton was also at the opening night of the musical, which he described as "sensational".
Sir Elton John with Sir Bob Geldof
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Sir Elton John, pictured with Bob Geldof, wrote the music for Billy Elliot - The Musical. Sir Elton called it a "labour of love", but added "the results are worth it".
Jemima Khan and Hugh Grant
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Actor Hugh Grant was at the world premiere of Stephen Daldry's musical with partner Jemima Khan.
Billy Elliot - The Musical
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Thirteen year old George Maguire took the lead role for Thursday night's performance. The musical has won rave reviews in the national press.

Press views: Billy Elliot
12 May 05 |  Arts


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