Dan Leno - A Royal Jester!
Steve Royle stars as the legenadary Victorian music-hall comedian and Drury Lane pantomime star, Dan Leno. Premiered at Lytham Festival in 2018 to critical acclaim the play is now touring during 2019 with the original cast.
This exciting new play charts the life of Dan Leno who developed his skills as an artist in the Northern and Lancashire Music Halls and became a champion clog dancer, acrobat and comedian. He then went on to become a huge celebrity in the London theatres and established his name as the pre-eminent pantomime star at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, where he created some iconic dame roles, and became a favourite of King Edward VII and the Royal family.
“A supreme performance by Steve Royle…” (Lancashire Evening Post)
“An utter triumph” (Alt Blackpool)
“Slattery-Christy’s ability as a writer really shines” (Colin Davies)
“There is tragedy and there is comedy but in drama when the two melt together like twilight into evening, then you know you are witnessing something very special…” (Entertainment Then & Now)
“He fully inhabits the role and simply is Dan Leno” (Julian Wilde – Evening Gazette)
With Andy Cooke, Jordan Kennedy, Louise Steggals and Nicole Violet.
The play contains some strong language and adult themes. Children 12 years and over with parental guidance.