Billy Elliot collaborators Elton John and Lee Hall are apparently teaming up again for a musical version of George Orwell's Animal Farm. "I'm deep into it, writing songs for pigs and other four-legged friends" Hall told the Daily Mail recently, revealing it's taken "about two years" to win to rights.

It could yet take another two years to bring to the stage, and Hall has plenty of other projects to occupy him in the meantime. As well as contributing to the screenplay of Steven Spielberg's film version of War Horse, he's also rumoured to be writing a new play for the National Theatre based on the early careers of WH Auden and Benjamin Britten.