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London Palladium panto ‘Dick Whittington’

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The First Lady of Musical Theatre Elaine Paige – or ET as Julian brilliantly calls her throughout – serves up parodies of songs that’ve become somewhat signature to her career. Continually poking fun at herself as baddie Queen Rat, there’s a likeable and loveable feature to Elaine that, even when causing all kinds of havoc on stage – you just can’t help but cheer on. And just wait until you see what she wears. That Evita dress has nothing on ET, sorry EP, with a rats tail. Gay Times

It is a scream watching Elaine Paige sing adapted versions of all her classics – think “I Know Dick So Well” from Chess and “I’d Rather Be Up a Drainpipe” for “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.” What’s On Stage

Elaine Paige gamely sends herself up, singing villainous versions of songs from the musicals that made her fame. There’s a nicely meta edge to Paige doing a Norma Desmond. Time Out

Elaine Paige has tremendous fun switching from Chief Cat to Queen Rat, parodying songs from Sunset Boulevard, Evita and Cats (presumably with Lord Lloyd Webber’s Christmas blessing, since he was sitting directly in front of me). Broadway World

Elaine Paige is Queen Rat, reprising some of her greatest hits with scurrilously adapted lyrics. The Guardian

The evil Queen Rat (Elaine Paige serving up a generous helping of Christmas ham and gamely sending up pretty much her entire career). Radio Times

Elaine Paige takes time out from her regular slot on BBC Radio Two to lampoon her glittering West End career as the haughty Queen Rat. It’s a role Paige accepts gamely, belting out her popular hits with adjusted lyrics to the delight of the audience. Clary … and his sparring with Paige’s eye-rolling Queen is one of the highlights of a show that is packed with laughs. The Stage

Elaine Paige … willingly sending up her image as a musical-theatre legend-cum-lush. She hits the notes, oh yes she does, but the words of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” and other pinnacles of her career have all been monkeyed with. The Times

Elaine Paige as Queen Rat does well to put on the right personality for The Antagonist In A Panto, and proves, after five decades in the industry, her voice is still in fine form, performing revised lyrics to songs that have become part of her repertoire. LondonTheatre1