The cast of London stage show Billy Elliot have accused composer SIR ELTON JOHN of exploiting them at a charity performance last week (ends17JUN05).

The singer treated guests to a performance of the show - based on the 2000 British movie - before whisking them off for a champagne dinner.

But the cast are angry they were left behind at the theatre and given no thanks for the efforts they made for charity.

A performer tells London theatre newspaper THE STAGE, "We put our heart and soul into that performance believing that it was such a good cause.

"Then Sir Elton and guests swanned off in a fleet of limos.

"The cast felt pretty inferior. Even a half a dozen bottles of champagne shared between us would have been a nice gesture."

But the rocker's spokesperson argues, "They all get paid to be in the show, and he looks after them very well.

"Anyway, if he gave them free tickets for the charity dinner, it wouldn't make much money, would it?"

23/06/2005 13:36