Barbara Windsor makes rare public appearance to see 'Only Fools' musical

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Barbara Windsor smiled as she posed with the cast of Only Fools And Horses The Musical (Getty)
Barbara Windsor smiled as she posed with the cast of Only Fools And Horses The Musical (Getty)

Barbara Windsor attended a performance of Only Fools And Horses The Musical months after she and husband Scott Mitchell made her Alzheimer’s diagnosis public.

The EastEnders veteran was in good spirits as she stood with the cast of the West End show for pictures backstage.

Windsor, 81, is believed to have expressed her joy at watching the live stage version of the hugely popular BBC sitcom.

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“The show was wonderful. It’s the kind of show I really love and I love Del Boy,” the Mirror reported her as saying.

“It’s the best entertainment I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying in ages. I felt such a warmth from the audience. I would give it five stars!”

Mitchell recently revealed how taking Windsor, who played Peggy Mitchell until 2016, to the theatre helps her.

“When we go to the theatre for instance, something happens to Barbara when she’s out and it’s like her old self comes in. She sees the public and she speaks to everyone and she’s in a theatre environment. And you see that part of her which comes alive because it’s what she knows,” he explained during an appearance on Good Morning Britain.

Scott Mitchell has spoken about how Barbara Windsor’s condition has worsened over the past few months (Getty)
Scott Mitchell has spoken about how Barbara Windsor’s condition has worsened over the past few months (Getty)

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In an interview on Loose Women, Mitchell revealed that Windsor experiences sundowning where her level of confusion is elevated.

He said: “That’s something we have every single night. Around five o’clock every night, around sundown. They come every night, and she becomes more and more confused.”

“Around five o’clock she will ask me questions: ‘how long are we staying here, are we going to be here long?’,” he continued to comment.


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