Another major milestone in the much-anticipated stage adaptation of hit 2000 Brit flick Billy Elliot will be reached next Tuesday, 5 October 2004. Director Stephen Daldry will hold a press conference to introduce the three young actors who will play the title role in the musical, which opens at the West End’s Victoria Palace in May 2005 (See News, 17 Aug 2004). Over the past year, Daldry and the rest of creative team have seen more than 3,000 boys, many of whom are now being nurtured via the Leeds-based Billy Elliot School, the only multi-discipline school of its kind in the North. Set against the North-eastern mining strikes of the 1980s, Billy Elliot The Musical recounts the tale of a motherless boy whose father wants him to learn to box. Instead, he discovers a love for ballet that leads him from secret lessons to a place at the Royal Ballet School. For photos and reporting from the event, log on to News from mid-day next Tuesday.