In addition to the RSC, National Theatre, and West End shows, I caught a pantomime while in London for Christmas and NYE. Pantos are a unique Christmas-time English experience (or at least that's the only time and place that I've ever encountered one). It’s basically a really cheesy, over-the-top play based on a familiar story where there is a lot of audience involvement (shouting “Look out behind you!” when the bad guy appears, etc.). For the bigger pantos in London, it’s basically D-list celebrity central. So I wasn’t surprised that a couple of old TV presenters from English TV were in the cast of Cinderella. But I was shocked that JR’s wife from Dallas was the fairy godmother. That would be random enough if it happened in America. But England? That’s exponentially more random.
Obvi this meant that they added in a ton of cheesy Dallas jokes, which no one seemed to get. And there were a lot of pink cowboy hats. And they sang “Sweet Home Alabama” because I guess that’s close enough to Texas in this context. And she seemed really out of it and barely had any lines even though she was the top-billed "star" of the show.
I was confused enough by all of that, so you can imagine the consternation of my British friends. “Is she really famous in America or something?” No. No she is not.