London Lite Wednesday, 9 September 2009 21 IN&OUTTONIGHT IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS Aint nothing likeadame...DAME EDNA EVERAGE Last Night Of The Poms is at Royal Albert Hall next Tuesday. 11PAGE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION CompiledbyLaurenPaxman COMEDYTHEATRECLUBSMUSIC A FistFul OF FANDANGO ANTI-FOLK French duo Herman Dune, right, headline the first of four nights of the Fistful Of Fandango indie festival. Until Sat, 229 Great Portland St W1 (020 7631 8310), 7pm, 40, 12.50 per day. Tube: Regents Pk CompiledbyLaurenPaxman Coming SoonTomorrowToday Londons biggest and best newspaper guide to staying in...or going out lA ROux THE high-pitched, flame- haired songbird, right, whose Eighties-inspired songs are near-perfect, saunters into the Scala tomorrow. Scala, 275-277 Pentonville Rd N1 (0870 060 0100), 7.30pm, returns only. Tube: Kings Cross sNOw PAtROl EXPECT Gary Lightbody, right, and the dreamy alt-rockers who stepped up when Liams sore throat prevented Oasis from headlining V Festival to perform hits like Chasing Cars and Run at the Albert Hall. 23-25 Nov, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore SW7 (020 7589 8212), 7.15pm, 22.50-75. Tube: South Kensington ARcADiA SAMANTHA BOND and Neil Pearson, right, star in Tom Stoppards play set in a country house between 1809 and 1989. Until Sat, Duke of Yorks Theatre, St Martins Lane WC2 (0870 060 6623), Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm, 17.50- 54.50. Tube: Leicester Sq Coming SoonTomorrowToday JuDGMENt DAy LAURA DONNELLY, right, stars in this drama about a train crashs repercussions on an Austrian village. Until 17 Oct, Almeida Theatre, Almeida St N1 (020 7359 4404), Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mat Sat 3pm, 8-32. Tube: Angel ARtuRO BRAchEtti -- chANGE BRACHETTI, right, transforms himself into over 100 very different characters in Sean Foleys spectacular new show. 19 Oct-3 Jan, Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Rd WC2 (0870 890 1104), Mon & Wed-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu & Sat, 2.30pm, Sun 4pm, 15-50. Tube: Leicester Sq BiG NiGht Out RUSSELL HOWARD, left, shares the stage with Phil Kay, Craig Campbell and Lucy Porter (MC) as part of Londons biggest ever comedy festival. Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich SW10, 7pm, returns only. DLR: Cutty Sark Coming SoonTomorrowToday JOhN cOOPER clARkE THE Bard Of Salford, left, whose fans include Arctic Monkeys, performs his legendary, hilarious punk poetry at a rare London appearance. Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill SE10 (020 8858 7755), 7.30pm, 15, 13 concs. DLR: Cutty Sark RAPiER wit IS JIMMY CARR, left, the UKs hardest-working comic? Settle in for two hours of new material. 29 Nov, O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Rd SW9 (0870 060 0100, O2academybrixton. co.uk), 8pm, 22.50. Tube: Brixton DEAth DiscO THE FOXES, left, return to the Arts Club to provide an energetic run-up to DJ sets from Alan McGee and Danny Watson. Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate W11 (020 7460 4459, nottinghillartsclub.com), 7pm, free. Tube: Notting Hill Gate Coming SoonTomorrowToday DJs MADE iN lONDON Vs cAtzMuzik CATZMUZIK, left, Big Daddy, Tulani, Raymundo Rodriguez, Steve Longwill and Mark Sun headline this new techno and future disco night. East Village, 89 Great Eastern St EC2 (020 7739 5173), 7pm, 5. Tube: Old St thE REMix THE WHIP, Pendulum, left, Zombie Nation, Eddy Temple Morris and Crystal Fighters kick off Matters Birthday weekend at this XFM night. 18 Sep, Matter, The 02, Peninsula Square SE10 (020 7549 6686, matter london.com), 10pm, 10. Tube: North Greenwich IN AN age when comedy characters can wear thin very quickly, its a genu- ine wonder that Dame Edna Everage hasnt worn out her welcome, despite slinging out barbed one-liners for a mind-boggling 54 years. Yet the Dame Edna we see today is very different to the one that comic performer Barry Humphries first unveiled all those years ago in Australia. Edna was extremely shy and dowdy in the few sketches I did for the Melbourne Theatre Company, explains Humphries, who recently celebrated his 75th birthday. I actually put her away for a few years, and then when I took her out again, shed suddenly become much more confident. Better dressed, too. Every time I dust her off and put her in front of an audience, shes even more glamorous. Everyones favourite dame is donning her finest evening wear again as she j oi n s forc e s w i t h a no t he r o f Humphries creations, lecherous cul- tural attach Sir Les Patterson, to present the Last Night Of The Poms, with Carl Davis and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. It was always in my head thatd we take the show to the UK again. Its a pretty impressive spectacle when you have this 60-piece orchestra and 40-man choir appearing on stage. Its all about big entertainment and it is great fun. God knows if we can actu- ally make any profit from the show though, considering how many people we have to pay! The reason Humphries has reached such heights is because he has created two characters who can say the unsay- able without alienating the audience. Dame Edna unleashes insults with a smile, whereas Sir Les is so ridicu- lously rude that nobody ever takes it at face value. For Humphries, its effectively a chance to let himself go. I prefer to do things in disguise, he admits. Then I become a lot less inhibited. I dont find it very comfort- able being me. DAVID BALDWIN Glamourpuss: Barry Humphries as Dame Edna index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html