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Tony Lidington's new one-man show in Bradford

16 March 09


Tony Lidington's latest one-man show, Dan Leno - The King's Jester, will be performed at Theatre in the Mill, at The University of Bradford, on Wednesday 25 March and Thursday 26 March.

Following the phenomenal success of Joey - King of Clowns, Tony Lidington's show tells the story of Dan Leno, the most famous and highly-paid musical hall artist of his time, who ended his life in a lunatic asylum at just 43 years of age. Billed as "The Funniest Man on Earth", he created the pantomime role of the Dame and what is now called 'stand-up comedy'.

Writer and performer Tony Lidington said: "Dan's legacy is now almost forgotten - but this show aims to change that.  The production brings the nineteenth century showman to life and an understanding of how British comedy has evolved. You can expect plenty of laughter, but Dan's life story was tough.  His contemporary Marie Lloyd remarked, 'If we hadn't laughed, we should have cried ourselves sick'."

Award-winning performer and musician Malcolm Boyle will accompany Tony Lidington on keyboard and accordion for musical interludes. During the performance there will also be the opportunity to view clog dancing. Dan Leno, as well as a legendary Music Hall star, was a world clog dance champion.

 

16 March 09

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Out of office hours call 07879 437996. Alternatively, e-mail press@bradford.ac.uk or fax on (01274) 236280.