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Hello, possums! Dame Edna makes farewell visit to Seattle in 2015

Australia’s longest serving queen of comedy, Dame Edna Everage, is coming to Seattle for a series of shows in January 2015.

Dame Edna is the creation of comic Barry Humphries, 80, who is retiring from a 50-year-long career.

“Dame Edna's Glorious Goodbye - The Farewell Tour” will take place at the Moore Theatre, January 15-18, 2015. Tickets are on sale now.

A Dame Edna show is non-stop explosion of wit, sparkly gowns, purple hair and improvisation with any audience member who falls under her eye.

The new show is directed by Simon Phillips who directed the original “Priscilla Queen of the Desert.” It’s designed by Tony Award-winning Brian Thomson who has many stage productions and the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games in his credits.

For more information visit the official Farewell Tour website: www.dameednafarewell.com.

Days and times for the performances are:

Thursday, January 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 16 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, January 17 at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Sunday, January 18 at 3 p.m.

Ticketing Information: Available online at Tickets.com , 24-hour ticket kiosks (located outside the Paramount, Moore and Neptune Theatres), Sonic Boom Records in Ballard, in person at the Paramount box office (M-F 10am-6pm), or by phone at 1-877-STG-4TIX. For more information, visit STGPresents.org.

Dame Edna - The Final Farewell Tour in Seattle! from STG Presents on Vimeo.

Here’s more on Dame Edna and Barry Humphries from the announcement:

DAME EDNA

Dame Edna is one of the greatest stars of the last 50 years, winning a Tony Award for her Broadway show, The Royal Tour. The "housewife superstar" has played the West End and Broadway on numerous occasions, performing to packed theatres including the Royal Albert Hall at the Last Night of the Poms, and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane as well as countless performances for the Royal Family. Television credits include the now legendary UK special, "A Night on Mt. Edna" and two series of her own innovative chat show, "The Dame Edna Experience," with special guests Cher, Roseanne Barr, Sean Connery, Mel Gibson and the late Robin Williams.

Her books include Dame Edna's Coffee Table Book, Dame Edna's Bedside Companion and her seminal autobiography, My Gorgeous Life, which is currently being adapted for the stage and screen. Possibly Jewish, Dame Edna is a widow, with three grown children. She spends her time visiting world leaders and jet-setting between her homes in Los Angeles, London, Sydney, Switzerland and Martha's Vineyard. She is the Founder and Governor of Friends of the Prostate and the creator of The World Prostate Olympics.

BARRY HUMPHRIES

Educated in at the University of Melbourne, where he studied law, philosophy and fine arts, Barry Humphries performed regularly in university revues before joining the newly formed Melbourne Theatre Company.

In 1955, he created the remarkable Mrs Edna Everage, a purple-rinsed Melbourne housewife now known around the world as the gigastar Dame Edna. Dame Edna has since appeared on stage during theatrical tours of Europe, the US and the Middle East. Humphries won a special Tony Award for his 2000 Broadway offering Dame Edna, The Royal Tour and a Tony nomination in 2004 for Back with a Vengeance.

Dame Edna has also appeared regularly on television in Australia, the UK, Europe and the US, winning Humphries the Golden Rose of Montreux in 1991.

Her creator has also won numerous honours for his contribution to cultural life, including an Order of Australia in 1982, an Honorary Doctorate of Griffith University (Australia) in 1994, a Doctorate of Law from Melbourne University in 2003 and a CBE for his contribution to the arts in 2007. He was recently presented with the Australian of the Year in the United Kingdom award at Australia House in London.

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