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Eat Pray Laugh! Barry Humphries Farewell Tour

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Show Details

Preview 13th Nov 13
Opens 15th Nov 13
Closes 5th Jan 14

Show Times

Tues - Sat 7.30 pm
Matinée Sat 2.30 pm
Sunday
3.00 pm
Length of show -

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BAXTER'S THEATRELAND BY NIGHT
A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.


A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.

Baxter

 


CAST

  • Barry Humphries

  • Director - Simon Phillips
  • Design - Brian Thompson
  • Producer - Paul Dainty of The Dainty Group and James Cundall of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions.

EAT PRAY LAUGH!

Barry Humphries it couldn't be Barry Humphrey because there is definitely more than one of him around.

Having been a friend of Peter Cook and knowing the guys in private eye – or the eye as it's known – Barry Humphries has been in the world of humour and satire for over half a century.  Here's a Private Eye 'Bazza' strip.

So it probably IS a farewell tour though a lot of younger men and women have tried that one before and failed.

English political satire has been a buffer against the onslaught of Orwellian-Predicted suppression and PC for well over two centuries. It is also contributed considerably to England's freedom of speech per se. It is true however that the Scots the Welsh the Irish and even a true Cornishman might feel a little ruffled by saying England instead of whatever– there are so many names including UK plc, England will do for now.

Humour is telling the blatant truth in conjunction with wit Which incorporates perfect timing. With the internal explosion that happens,  due to a dichotomy with the real world, according to Arthur Koestler's The Act of Creation – you just gotta laugh.

And that's what Dame Edna gets wherever she goes telling blatant truth – OTT. (That's OVER THE TOP for non-Pommies). All in the best possible taste. A strong case could be made to suffer the little children to come along too. They completely adore blatant truth AND OTT. Shame is that when we grow up we feel we are under necessity to dress it up a bit with music, stand up, comedians, satire, in whatever form, and that's what English do the best.

Everybody recognises the blatant truth, you don't have to be English to laugh.  Although we are all less likely to do non-PC at home in the kitchen, than enjoy the certainty of having a fun night out  watching Dame Edna do it for us. In addition Barry Humphries himself is such a warm dude.

There are several plays in the West End such as Barking in Essex, Mojo, and the Book of Mormon, who depend on the audience just laughing whenever they hear an obscenity, thinking that they have come to a 'comedy' show. Many rough messages which are seldom the truth at all depend on potty-mouth to raise a laugh. These plays or shows are a clear indication – and three of them at the same time – that this tack is on the way out.… Partly because it's just tacky and partly because acts like Dame Edna's farewell tour show them up to be devoid of real humour. Is also reflects in most pubs and clubs that dish out 'stand up' Many of them brazen out repugnance as they apparently believe it's going to give them a laugh. So let us hope that is is also farewell to gratuitous cursing and obscenity for its own sake. After all what's funny about "..@#%" being revolted?

Barry Humphries is fearless and disguised as she is, as Dame Edna, many of his jokes and stories are over a lot of people's heads. No matter there are plenty more and you will – WILL leave the show feeling thoroughly refreshed.

As for the booking, there are very few days left to see this and they are likely to be sold out fairly soon so if you want to go to it in London – especially from a decent seat – book here and now.

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