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No more Edna, possums

No more Edna, possums

Barry Humphries, the genius behind comedic masterpieces Dame Edna Everage, Sir Les Patterson and Sandy Stone, has decided to hang up his sequined gloves and make his next tour his last.

In talks to the Sunday Telegraph, the 78-year-old revealed that his new show, Eat Pray Laugh (a play on the 2010 film starring Julia Roberts, Eat Play Love) will be the last chance to see his iconic characters live on stage.

'Look, the fact of the matter is that I’m beginning to feel a bit senior,' the ageing Aussie legend explained.

'It's the best aerobics you could do, leaping around on stage, but it's gruelling when there are other things to do.

'I've got a contract to write another book, there are places I want to go, things I want to do [including] more painting.'

Kicking off in Canberra in June, the final performances will feature all the three favourites plus an undisclosed new character.

A collaboration between Humphries, playwright Joanna Murray-Smith and director Simon Phillips, the new face will remain a mystery until opening night.

'I felt I needed a director and a fellow writer to keep an eye on things and help me create a bridge between the characters so they are not separate monologues, disconnected, but there will be some kind of arc linking them and I thought she would be the perfect person to help.'

Eat Pray Laugh will begin in Canberra and tour through Newcastle and Sydney.