An interesting Thatcher-linked incident in London’s Theatreland this evening. The Press Association reports that the audience attending a performance of Billy Elliot, the musical set in northern England during the miners’ strike, was asked to vote on whether a song about Margaret Thatcher’s death should be performed or not.
According to PA, the second act of the musical begins with the song Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher which has lyrics that refer to celebrating the death of the former prime minister.
The news agency quotes a Billy Elliot insider saying: “It was taken seriously and debated and finally decided that it would be best to put it to a democratic vote to the audience.
“It was a near unanimous verdict to keep the song in and go ahead. It was an electric show.”
Only three audience members voted against the song being performed
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