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Dame Edna to make PA at Festival Theatre

Dame Edna waves goodbye in her fairwell tour: Eat Pray Laugh!

Dame Edna waves goodbye in her fairwell tour: Eat Pray Laugh!

By Thom Dibdin

Australia’s most famous export, that’s Dame Edna Everage possums, is to make a personal appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre on Tuesday 26 March.

Theatre bosses are being tight lipped over the reason for the appearance of Ms Everage, saying only that it is “for a private event ahead of her November dates at the Festival Theatre.”

It is expected that Dame Edna will be arriving between 12.20 and 12.45pm, for a red carpet walk.

The theatre is hoping to generate something of a splash for the glitzy antipodean “housewife superstar”, and is asking her adoring fans to arrive with suitable banners to welcome her to Edinburgh. There will no doubt be cameras involved.

According to a spokesman for the theatre: “We’ll be giving 2 tickets for her stage show to the most Edna-esque banner. And looking at what our Deputy Box Office Manager has already produced, there’s stiff competition!”

“Stiff competition”

As previously reported in the Annals, 78 year-old Barry Humphries is to retire Dame Edna, who is his most famous alter-ego, from touring in 2014.

Humphries is currently on a world tour of Eat Pray Laugh! which started with a sell-out run across Australia and New Zealand. The show sees the return of Humphries’ other alter egos: the gentle, grandfatherly Sandy Stone and the inebriated cultural attaché Sir Les Patterson.

However, the evening will be dominated with a second half appearance from Dame Edna. In the midst of spectacular sets and surrounded by dancers she will meditate on the big issues of gender, ethnicity and climate change.

Suitably for the superstar who began life as Edna May Beazley in Wagga Wagga, Australia – and first appeared on stage in Melbourne in 1955 as Mrs Norm Everage, a drab, purple-rinsed housewife satirising Australian suburbia – the UK leg of Dame Edna’s tour kicks off in Milton Keynes.

Eat Pray Laugh! will then visit Cardiff before playing the Edinburgh Festival Theatre from Tuesday 5th to Saturday 9th November. Dame Edna is set to play the Christmas season in London, with details yet to be announced, before returning to the touring circuit in January.

Details have been announced for a seven date regional tour of Eat Pray Laugh! in 2014 starting in Newcastle on 21 January, touring to Southampton, Norwich, Glasgow, Bristol and Leeds before winding up in Manchester with a final night on Saturday 8 March.

Tickets for the Edinburgh Festival Theatre dates are on sale at:

2013 Tour of Eat Pray Laugh!:

Wed 23 – Sat 26 October 2013 Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes Theatre
0844 871 7652 Book online
Wed 30 October – Sat 2 November 2013 Cardiff
Wales Millenium Centre
029 2063 6464 Book online
Tue 5 – Sat 9 November 2013 Edinburgh
Festival Theatre
0131 529 6000 Book online

2014 Tour of Eat Pray Laugh!:

Tue 21 – Sat 25 January 2014 Newcastle
Theatre Royal
08448 11 21 21 Book online
Tue 28 January – Sat 1 February 2014 Southampton
The Mayflower
02380 711811 Book online *
Tue 4 – Sat 8 February 2014 Norwich
Theatre Royal
01603 63 00 00 Book online **
Tue 11 – Sat 15 February 2014 Glasgow
King’s Theatre
0844 871 7648 Book online
Tue 18 – Sat 22 February 2014 Bristol
0844 871 3012 Book online
Tue 25 February – Sat 1 March 2014 Leeds
Grand Theatre
0844 848 2700 Book online
Tue 4 – Sat 8 March 2014 Manchester
Opera House
0844 871 3018 Book online

* On-sale 27 March
** On-sale 5 Sept


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