Producers of SIR Elton John's musical adaptation of Billy Elliot have been forced to postpone preview shows - because the stage extravaganza's child actors are too exhausted to perform.

Stephen Daldry, the director of the London, West End show, says he's delayed advance performances for a week, because he would risk exposing the 48 young stars to "physical danger" if he made them take to the stage, after months of gruelling rehearsals.

He says, "My main concern is for the kids. They are getting very tired during the technical rehearsal period, so I'm rescheduling the previews to give them a bit more time. If they get too exhausted, it could cause them physical danger."

The first preview of Billy Elliot will now take place on 31 March (04) instead of 24 March (04).

17/03/2005 03:03