Ruth Leon recommends…  GOSH! It’s Gyles & Judi & all the Dames!

Ruth Leon recommends… GOSH! It’s Gyles & Judi & all the Dames!

Ruth Leon recommends

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March 15, 2023

GOSH! It’s Gyles & Judi & all the Dames!
(not my exclamation points)

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Available on demand until March 19.  Tickets £25

This somewhat over-the-top event (!!!!) took place last week at the London Palladium to celebrate the 75th birthday of the redoubtable Gyles Brandreth. Joining him and his special guest Dame Judi Dench on stage were Dames Eileen Atkins, Floella Benjamin, Sheila Hancock, Twiggy Lawson,  Maureen Lipman, Joanna Lumley, Eliza Manningham-Buller, Patricia Routledge, Harriet Walter, Penelope Wilton and several others.

Brandreth, one of the most entertaining people in the world, told hilarious and revealing stories about all the great Dames he has been lucky enough to know but who weren’t present on account of being dead – from Dame Olivia de Havilland to Dame Barbara Windsor- and he invited the great theatrical dames of our time who were there to share their favourite stories. There are also a few party pieces from the star guests – songs, sonnets and surprises.

You’ll never see this many great actors together again. This was a once-in-a-lifetime event with all proceeds to the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

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