Elton John took the stage Wednesday Nov 22nd, making a brief appearance in a special gala performance of his hit West End show "Billy Elliot - The Musical". The singer portrayed a flat-capped miner from northern England.
"'Billy Elliot' has been one of the great events of my life," John told the audience while adding "Being involved in this musical has given me so much pleasure."
In addition to John, the three judges from the television talent series "The X Factor" also played cameo roles, including Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh.
Proceeds from the evening went to children's charity The Place2Be, which works with disadvantaged children in schools across Britain, including those in ex-mining communities.