Dame’s re­quest to Kate

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

DAME Edna Ever­age has swept into the West End to launch her farewell show with some stern words for her au­di­ence and the Duchess of Cam­bridge. The star, played for decades by Aus­tralian co­me­dian Barry Humphries, is em­bark­ing on a farewell tour of the UK in Oc­to­ber in­clud­ing a stint at the Lon­don Pal­la­dium. The show, called Eat, Pray, Laugh, seen by Aus­tralian au­di­ences this year, also in­cludes Humphries’ other cre­ations in­clud­ing drunken cul­tural at­tache Sir Les Pat­ter­son. Dame Edna says she will miss her co-star Madge All­sop, who was played by Emily Perry un­til her death in 2008: ‘‘She was for many years my side­kick, she would stand at my side and I would kick her.’’ Dame Edna warned fans who were tempted to dress down at the shows, say­ing: ‘‘I don’t want to see slovenly dress in my theatre be­cause if I do I will make an ex­am­ple of you.’’ The comic says the Pal­la­dium shows would be ‘‘a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for me to re­cy­cle some old ma­te­rial’’. The dame thanked ‘‘lit­tle Kate Mid­dle­ton’’ for not go­ing into labour dur­ing her press con­fer­ence: ‘‘I said, ‘hold off dar­ling . . . cross your legs and count to a thou­sand’, and she has. The royal baby is be­ing post­poned spe­cially so my cov­er­age is not oblit­er­ated.’’

Dame Edna

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