Barry Humphries Transfers FAREWELL TOUR to London Palladium Tonight
Global star and legendary entertainer Barry Humphries is to transfer his FAREWELL TOUR to the London Palladium for a West End run from tonight 13th November (Press Night: Friday 15th November). EAT PRAY LAUGH! will give audiences the chance to bid farewell to Humphries, arguably Australia's greatest entertainment export, whose creations have brought him international acclaim and adoration: cultural attaché the Honorable Sir Les Patterson, Sandy Stone and, of course, the incomparable Dame Edna Everage.
The London Palladium has played host to the greatest stars that Variety entertainment has known, including Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Judy Garland, Danny Kaye and Sir Bruce Forsyth. Now Dame Edna Everage - the Gigastar of Variety! -will take her final bow at the iconic London venue.
Dame Edna today said, "I've been away from home too long possums, and my true home is the London Palladium. Book now for the housewarming party of the century!"
Humphries, one of the world's sharpest wits and finest comic talents, has already taken his final triumphant bow to audiences throughout Australia and New Zealand where additional performances were added across the tour to satisfy the demand of more than a quarter of a million adoring fans.
Dame Edna is one of the greatest stars of the last 50 years, winning a Tony Award for her Broadway show, "The Royal Tour". The "housewife superstar" has played the West End and Broadway on numerous occasions, performing to packed theatres including the Royal Albert Hall at the "Last Night of the Poms", and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane as well as countless performances for the Royal Family; has television credits including the legendary UK special "A Night on Mt. Edna" as well as her own innovative chat show "The Dame Edna Experience"; and has played to sold-out audiences around the world.
Act One of Eat Pray Laugh! features gentle, grandfatherly Sandy Stone, perhaps Humphries' greatest creation, and the outrageous Sir Les Patterson - according to Dame Edna "this is just a bit of foreplay really before I make an orgasmic appearance in Act Two!"
Surrounded by spectacular sets and dancers, Dame Edna promises to "empower" audiences as she meditates on the big issues of loss, gender, climate change, gay marriage and ethnicity.
The tour of EAT PRAY LAUGH! opened at the Milton Keynes Theatre on Wednesday 23rd October 2013 and played Cardiff and Edinburgh, before transferring to the London Palladium. Dates have now also been announced through Spring 2014.
This brand new show is directed by award-winning Australian theatre director Simon Phillips, who directed the original Priscilla Queen of the Desert, with design by Tony Award-winning Brian Thomson, who designed the original Australian and London productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and The Rocky Horror Show, as well as the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games.
EAT PRAY LAUGH! is produced by Paul Dainty of The Dainty Group and James Cundall of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions.
For all tour details and booking information, see www.dameednafarewell.com.
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