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Leslie Jordan at Leicester Square Theatre

Leslie Jordan

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TWO years ago, award-winning Hollywood star Leslie Jordan enjoyed enormous success in the West End with his one-man show, Leslie Jordan My Trip Down The Pink Carpet.

Now, the man hailed by Paul O’Grady as “living proof that the best things come in small packages”, returns to the capital – to Leicester Square Theatre – with his follow up show, Fruit Fly.

Acclaimed in New York and Los Angeles, the European premiere of Fruit Fly runs from Tuesday, March 12 to Saturday, March 16, 2013.

According to press material, what follows over 90 hilarious minutes of jaw-dropping anecdotes, outrageous revelations and revealing family photos is the story of Jordan’s own experience growing up a cissy boy in the red Deep South and how his mother, Miss Peggy Sue, an indomitable steel magnolia, continues to inspire him today.

Fruit Fly outlines the early years of Jordan’s life, growing up with his mother, father, twin sisters and grandma in Chattanooga, Tennessee. There’s a big emphasis on the puberty years and how he segued into doing drag for the first time at 17.

“Mother, I’ve made a really important decision,” he announces. “I’m not going to college. I’m going to move to Atlanta and become a female impersonator.” “I don’t even know what that is,” his mom replies wearily. “You have exhausted me. I give up. I am just glad your daddy’s not here to witness this.”

Leslie Jordan became a household name around the globe through his scene-stealing appearances as Beverley Leslie, the nemesis of Karen Walker, on Will and Grace. For his performance, he won a coveted Emmy Award as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

Jordan also made memorable appearances on TV series Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, Monk and Murphy Brown, as well as the cult classic, Sordid Lives alongside Rue McClanahan and Olivia Newton John. He also had a memorable cartwheeling cameo in the acclaimed Academy Award-winning film The Help as Emma Stone’s boss.

Director David Galligan has worked with Leslie Jordan several times, directing My Trip Down The Pink Carpet, his Christmas show, Deck Them Halls, Ya’ll and Like a Dog on Linoleum.

Leslie Jordan’s Fruit Fly will be supported by The Supreme Fabulettes, Britain’s top all male vocal harmony girl group.

Tickets: £20 – £29.50 – available from the box office on 08448 733433 or online at www.leicestersquaretheatre.com/.

Time: 7.30pm.

Leslie Jordan will make his north of England debut at the Lowry, Salford on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 7.30pm.