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Barry Humphries will bring Eat Pray Laugh! — a show that features his most famous creations, the Honorable Sir Les Patterson, Sandy Stone and, of course, Dame Edna Everage — back to the London Palladium starting Nov. 13, as part of a farewell tour that will begin at Milton Keynes Theatre in October.
Outside of London, Chichester Festival Theatre – whose main house auditorium is currently shuttered for a major refurbishment – is offering a new production of Tim Firth's Neville's Island (from Sept. 11) in its temporary Theatre in the Park tent, starring stage and screen comic Rufus Hound. In its Minerva Studio, the season continues with a new production of Julian Mitchell's Another Country (from Sept. 18), whose original staging in 1981 made stars of Rupert Everett and Kenneth Branagh, and saw them subsequently replaced by Daniel Day-Lewis and Colin Firth. The season then concludes with Frank Langella playing the title role in King Lear (from Oct. 31 for a run through Nov. 30, before a run at BAM in New York, Jan. 7-Feb. 9).
Heading out on the touring road are productions of Wicked (kicking off Sept. 12 at Manchester's Palace Theatre), War Horse (launching at Plymouth's Theatre Royal Sept. 27) and Singin' in the Rain (first seen at Chichester before transferring to the West End, and now due to begin a national tour with a cast that includes Maxwell Caulfield, running at Manchester's Opera House from Nov. 9).
As always, stay tuned to Playbill.com for further news from London and the U.K. as it breaks.
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