Opera creator Lee Hall
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Opera North: Dilemma over cancelling show due to gay reference is 'hateful'

Opera North have described as "hateful" their dilemma over cancelling an opera after a primary school pulled out of the project due to objections to a reference to homosexuality.

Bay Primary School in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, pulled 300 pupils out of Beached, a libretto written by Billy Elliot creator Lee Hall, after he refused to remove references to a gay character's sexuality.

Mr Hall and Opera North general director Richard Mantle joined BBC Breakfast to discuss the line which has caused so much controversy.