Show celebrates music-hall star

Dan Leno ' Kings Jester
Dan Leno ' Kings Jester

A SHOW celebrating a Victorian music-hall comedian is at the Stephen Joseph Theatre next Monday.

Dan Leno – The King’s Jester is based on one of the 19th century’s most famous performers, whose act revolved around cockney humour.

Leno (1860-1904) is reputed to have been the first stand-up comic, a beloved pantomime dame, a world champion clog dancer and character actor.

The greatest star of the music-hall and a comic genius, Leno laid the foundations for British comedy. He blazed a trail for Charlie Chaplin’s struggling little tramp, Ronnie Barker’s monologues, Les Dawson’s wordplay, David Walliams’ cross-dressing and Michael Flattley’s feet of flame. 

With live musical accompaniment, this romp through entertainment history brings the 19th century showman to life, says a spokesperson.

Written and performed by Tony Lidington of Promenade Promotions, it is directed by Dominic Goodwin.

It is due to start at 7.45pm.