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Billy Elliot screening tops UK box office

Billy Elliot the Musical Live. Photo: Adam Sorenson

A live screening of Billy Elliot the Musical has topped the UK and Ireland cinema box office, with takings of £1.9 million.

The screening, which was broadcast live from London’s Victoria Palace Theatre to more than 500 cinemas across the UK on September 28, beat new releases The Equalizer and The Boxtrolls to the top spot, and was the widest ever cinema release of a live event.

The musical, written by Lee Hall with music by Elton John, is an adaptation of Hall’s 2000 film, and is directed by Stephen Daldry, with choreography by Peter Darling.

25 former and current Billy Elliots including the three original performers – James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower – took part in a special finale of the show, which was broadcast to eight countries.

Encore screenings of the performance [1] will take place at more than 350 cinemas on October 2, 3, 4 and 5, and a DVD will be released on November 24.

Billy Elliot the Musical is produced in the West End by Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions in association with Tiger Aspect, and is based on the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal film.

It is currently booking until December 19, 2015.

Read Mark Shenton’s column on Billy Elliot’s live screening. [2]