Dame Barbara Windsor gets standing ovation during trip out to West End theatre

Dame Barbara Windsor (Credit: PA)
Dame Barbara Windsor (Credit: PA)

Dame Barbara Windsor was given a standing ovation by fans during a trip out at the theatre last night.

The Carry On legend went to see her friend and fellow EastEnders star Bonnie Langford in her current production of the musical 42nd Street in the West End.

Theatre-goers at the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane rose to their feet once they’d spied Windsor in the Royal Box, after being sneaked in by EastEnders actor Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale.

“During the interval we sneaked her into Royal Box and the response from the auditorium was so moving,” said Woodyatt in a post to Instagram.

“After the show she was even tap dancing. A day I will always remember.”

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Windsor was accompanied by her husband Scott, who is caring for her following her diagnosis with Alzheimer’s.

“It was a wonderful day. The public are the warmest people in the world to Barbara,” he told the Daily Mirror.

“It gives her such pleasure chatting to everyone and seeing them all and she never expects that reaction.

“Then she did an impromptu dance routine on the stage after the show. It’s like two different people once she enters a theatre. The old Babs emerges for a while. It’s wonderful to see those moments.”

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