EastEnders star Shane Ritchie plays a shopkeeper in the West End musical

Shane Ritchie takes over the role of owner Hugo Battersby, owner of clothing hire - that night drag queen Loco Chane

Shane Richie thinks he has the legs for a dress.

The actor, conman-barman-extraordinaire Alfie Moon at EastEnders, takes over the double role from owner Hugo Battersby of clothing rental – which becomes drag queen Loco Chanel at night – in the West End musical Everybody's Talk About Jamie.

Richie told me how Nica Burns, the show's producer, had called his agent to offer him the role.

Richie drove on the M25 when he received the call from his representative. & # 39; He said: & # 39; You will think I am drunk or use drugs. . . & # 39; Richie remembered laughing.

Shane Ritchie takes over the role of owner Hugo Battersby, owner of clothing hire - that night drag queen Loco Chane

Shane Ritchie takes over the role of owner Hugo Battersby, owner of clothing hire – that night drag queen Loco Chane

He told me that he knew about the show because his son, Jake Roche, frontman of pop group Rixton, had seen this and called on his father to go to the Apollo Theater to capture the award-winning piece by Dan Gillespie Sells, Tom Macrae and director Jonathan Butterell.

Richie loved what he saw and said to his wife: "I want you to look for old dresses for me. I am looking for the most beautiful drag queen in West End. I got the legs before, "he added.

The EastEnders star appears in the West End musical Everybody & # 39; s Talk About Jamie

The EastEnders star appears in the West End musical Everybody & # 39; s Talk About Jamie

The EastEnders star appears in the West End musical Everybody & # 39; s Talk About Jamie

And the trading chops too. I have followed Richie most of his career and got the chance, he can handle everything.

Moreover, he has some knowledge of the world of drag queens, after he had played the Shade Richie Ladies Night in the early eighties, with two drag queens. & # 39; That were lock-ins above pubs, & # 39; he said.

The actor has what he thinks of some heavy scenes & # 39; he called it up in EastEnders, but in the meantime he plays the title role of Robin Hood in Milton Keynes.

Richie takes over as Lee Ross Loco on January 28 – the same day that Layton Williams replaces John McCrea, who created Jamie's role.

IT IS A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE FOR LLOYD WEBBER

It was the shortest run ever for an Andrew Lloyd Webber show, but Unmasked will definitely return.

The piece ran for a handful of workshops at The Other Palace in Victoria. I was lucky enough to catch Saturday's matinee and was completely won.

Although this is the shortest run ever for an Andrew Lloyd Webber show, Unmasked will definitely return

Although this is the shortest run ever for an Andrew Lloyd Webber show, Unmasked will definitely return

Although this is the shortest run ever for an Andrew Lloyd Webber show, Unmasked will definitely return

Lloyd Webber and director Laurence Connor brought together a squatting company of top singers – Hollie Aires, Siobhan Dillon, Tyrone Huntley, Michael Xavier, Ria Jones, Stephen Leask, John Owen Jones, Anna O & # 39; Byrne, Ben Forster and Rosanna Hyland. The composer introduced songs he had made over the years (with a variety of lyricists) through a series of short films, in which he declared their origin. The witty dialogue is written by Richard Curtis.

Lloyd Webber said that one of the greatest pleasures of working at The Other Palace is that you can walk around and get feedback in the interval and at the end & # 39; He and his colleagues are looking for the right theater to transfer a polished show in the following year or two to the West End.

SNOW WHITE £ 8M FESTIVE BONANZA

The premier panto of the United Kingdom – Snow White in the Palladium of London – opens tomorrow and has sold £ 8 million in tickets.

Oh yes, that's for sure!

The show stars Dawn French as the scheming Queen Dragonella, next to Palladium panto recidivists Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers, Charlie Stemp (pictured right with showgirls) and Gary Wilmot.

Top-price tickets are a dazzling £ 140.

Snow White in the London Palladium opens tomorrow and has sold £ 8 million in tickets

Snow White in the London Palladium opens tomorrow and has sold £ 8 million in tickets

Snow White in the London Palladium opens tomorrow and has sold £ 8 million in tickets

But Michael Harrison, the director of the show, noted that the world is miserable and that people feel sad and panto escapism.

Come in for two and a half hours, and laugh and see something spectacular. & # 39;

He also made the point that & # 39; spectacular & # 39; costs money.

Nick Thomas, chairman of Qdos Entertainment who distributes pantos nationwide, including in the Palladium, said no costs were saved. & # 39; We have spent on sets, costumes, the stars. . . everything is there on stage. & # 39;

I spent a few hours watching a Winter Wonderland song and I can not deny that it looked impressive.

Mrs. French did a sight-gag with Danielle Hope (Snow White) and Stemp, and it was a comical masterclass.

Harrison explained that French and Clary started working on their script months ago. They both write a lot of jokes and we go through them during the rehearsal and get them on their feet. & # 39;

And he thinks up ideas for the next year's panto.

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