Pop legend SIR Elton John is backing a $3.2 million (GBP2 million) fund-raising campaign to stage a musical version of hit movie Billy Elliot in London's West End.

Cash raised will also be used to stage plays at the OLD VIC THEATRE.

And anyone investing more than $80,000 (GBP50,000) will receive the ultimate perk - an annual invite to Elton's legendary OSCAR party in Hollywood.

Elton says, "There are many examples of British theatrical productions doing very well. This is an opportunity to buy into talent and what it can create."

29/06/2003 14:28