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Theatre producer Paul Elliott announces retirement after 60 years

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Producer Paul Elliott has announced his retirement from the theatre industry after 60 years.

His retirement comes as he prepares to release a book about his time in theatre: Keeping My Balls in the Air.

Elliott is the producer of the stage version of Dirty Dancing, and has also produced 482 pantomimes over a 45-year period.

Overall, he has produced or co-produced 1,040 shows in the UK, Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia. He was awarded the special recognition prize at this year’s Olivier Awards for his services to the industry.

Elliott, who began his career in 1958 and was an actor, stage manager and prop maker before becoming a producer, said: “Showbusiness is 50% show and 50% business, and you learn this along the road. Another smart-arse quote of mine is, showbiz is a marathon not a sprint.”

Keeping My Balls in the Air will be launched on June 24, at a party to make his retirement.

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