Dame Edna dazzles in Wimbledon panto


The Dame brought her own brand of extraordinary glamour to New Wimbledon Theatre’s Dick Whittington.


By Natasha Barr and Scott Mcwhinney

It is that time of year again: too much food, cold weather, family get-togethers, pressies and, of course, a panto.

Dame Edna Everage brought her own brand of extraordinary glamour to New Wimbledon Theatre as the Saviour of London in Dick Whittington last night.

Co-star Sam Attwater promised the SW Londoner that the Dame had an ‘amazing entrance’ on to the stage and, without giving away anything, we can confirm it lived up to our high expectations.

Audience members got to see the world through Dame Edna’s eyes by being presented with a rather stylish set of spangly, bejewelled 3-D glasses.

Dick, played by Sam, and love interest Alice, Nickelodeon’s Anna Williamson, sang their way through the streets of London and all the way to Morocco to the tune of Bruno Mars, Take That and Lady Gaga whilst fighting off the evil King Rat’s attempts to conquer London, (boooo, hissss).

Funny-man Kev Orkian gave a memorable performance as the charming Idle Jack. In keeping with panto tradition there was something for audience members of all ages.

Kev said: “We are for totally different audiences, I work with kids and he’s got the adult audience in hoots but together we get the balance and make a great panto.”

Idle Jack, along with Sarah the Cook and Captain Titchworth, dazzled with a unique rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas involving toilet roll, water guns and ‘a bra that was made to hold three’.

SW Londoner’s Scott and Natasha working their spangly specs

In the audience was Jay from The Wanted, who came along to support his friend, ensemble member Christopher Jeffers.

He said: “I think Dame Edna is a true star. When she rips the people in the audience it is cringingly brilliant it hurt me laughing.

“I don’t see a lot of pantos and you see the kids laughing at Jack but then there’s a load of stuff that’s a bit saucy.”

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