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Dorset pantomime dame Lee Redwood

PUBLISHED: 11:37 05 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:01 02 January 2018

Lucy Sewill

The world loves a panto dame. There is nothing more life affirming, ridiculous or, frankly, quintessentially British. And Lee Redmond – Queen Thelma at Weymouth Pavilion’s Sleeping Beauty this Christmas 2017 – is a master of this great, daft art

Arguably Dorset’s favourite dame, Lee has truly honed his act. This is his fifth season here: “I started out as an Ugly Sister, now I’m a queen.” Brilliant!

Lee is burly and only 27 but he is what my one-time West End actress mother would have called – quite rightly – an absolute pro.

He has based his routine on hours of revision. “I have,” he says, “all of Are You Being Served? on DVDs and watch them constantly.” Now that’s thorough.

This man is a joy to talk to.

He started out in showbiz as a child, with a magic act at 11. Now, as Creative Director of Made to Measure Productions, he writes, produces and stars in pantomime.

“It began for me as a boy,” he says. “We used to go to the theatre and I just found the dame hilarious. Then I would go home and play dress-up. It just went from there.

“The panto dame is the link to it all. The kids find it hilarious and, of course, there’s a bit of blue for the dads. There is so much rubbish going on in the world today – pantomime is the only thing that the whole family can go to, together, and enjoy, together.”

I implore you to celebrate the end of 2017 with Lee this Christmas. It is, after all, almost behind you. 


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