Putting Julian Clary in a show with the word ‘dick’ in it is like the preverbal kid in a sweet shop. He headlined London Palladium’s festive season’s hit panto, DICK WITTINGTON.
“The star of the gig is Julian Clary,” wrote Paul Vale in his review for The Stage, “playing the Spirit of the Bells, Clary is sheer pantomime gold, coasting through the plot with feigned indifference and his legendary lethal and camp delivery.” The Telegraph’s Claire Allfree added, “Clary once again reigns utterly supreme with a parade of exquisitely, outlandish outfits and extremely smutty gags.”
It finished last weekend, so I joined a sizeable gathering of fans waiting at the stage door for the final Saturday matinee for the arrival of Julian and the all-star cast. “This looks clever,” he said as he signed my drawing.
British comedian and writer Julian Clary spent the festive period playing the ‘Slave of the Ring’ in ALADDIN at the Birmingham Hippodrome, before he embarks on his latest UK tour THE JOY OF MINCING.
Julian’s career began as ‘Leo Hull’, a fake keyboardist for a band called “Thinkman’, before taking to the alternative comedy scene as Gillian Pieface and ‘The Joan Collins Fan Club’ with his pet ‘Fanny the Wonder Dog.’ Joan Collins issued a cease and desist order to prevent Julian using her name, but they starred together in the 2010/11 panto DICK WHITTINGHTON at the Birmingham Hippodrome and have since become good friends.
Julian said he feels very comfortable in the world of pantomime, “I like dressing up and wearing lots of make-up”. He also said he likes forgetting his lines, “It’s good when things go wrong, then I can improvise my way out of the situation.”
I sent this sketch to Julian during the run, which he signed and returned.