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Billy Elliot

  • 18th July 2011

    Gay controversy opera goes ahead 5

    The show, organised by Opera North, went ahead at the weekend

    3:16 PM — A community opera which was nearly derailed in a row over a gay character has gone ahead in Bridlington, East Yorkshire. Beached, written by Billy Elliot author Lee Hall, was almost cancelled after a primary school's headteacher complained about language in some scenes.

  • 7th July 2011

    Opera writer may take legal action over council’s ‘defamatory’ statements 23

    It was claimed that the opera included a paedophile character

    4:00 PM — The author of a community opera cancelled after a gay row says he may take legal action over "defamatory" comments made by the council, in which it claimed a gay character was a paedophile.

  • Gay row opera will go ahead 18

    The school denied it was homophobic

    1:06 PM — An opera featuring East Yorkshire schoolchildren will now go ahead after writer Lee Hall agreed to swap the word 'queer' for 'gay'. The community project stalled after a primary school complained about a gay character's scene.

  • 6th July 2011

    Head of opera ban school says she wanted to protect children 66

    The school said it wanted to protect children

    11:51 AM — The headteacher of an East Yorkshire school has defended her decision to withdraw her pupils from a community opera over a scene involving a gay character. Emma Hobbs, the head of Bay Primary School in Bridlington, said she was concerned about the "emotional wellbeing" of the children.

  • 5th July 2011

    Opera company says it’s not anti-gay 64

    Opera North said it was "unacceptable" for Lee Hall to accuse it of homophobia

    11:38 AM — An opera company which cancelled a community project after a primary school complained about a gay character has denied being anti-gay. Billy Elliot author Lee Hall suggested that the decision was motivated by homophobia.

  • 4th July 2011

    Billy Elliot author’s opera pulled after school objects to gay character 72

    The primary school said the scene was not suitable for children

    10:46 AM — A community opera by the author of Billy Elliot has been pulled after a primary school demanded that a gay character be written out. Lee Hall, who wrote the hugely successful show about a boy who wants to dance, had been working on Beached with opera company Opera North and 400 residents of East Yorkshire town Bridlington.

  • 2nd February 2010

    Elton John and David Furnish ‘to produce Broadway play’ 5

    Elton John and David Furnish are joining the production team of Next Fall.

    12:51 PM — Gay singer Elton John and his civil partner David Furnish are reportedly planning to put on a Broadway production of a gay-themed play.

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