Naturally Insane! about music hall star Dan Leno at the Criterion Theatre on November 15th at 3pm and 7.30pm
Set in Camberwell Asylum in the last weeks of Dan Leno’s life, he is visited by Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree to discuss Shakespeare while his nurse and physician try to make sense of Dan and his condition. It is in turns sad funny and poignant and will make you laugh out loud with instantly recognisable music-hall songs in a joyful insight into the life of a legendary comedian.DAN LENO was the superstar of the Victorian music-halls and the annual pantomime at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. He died tragically young at 43 in 1904 but his legacy lives on to this day. He inspired Stan Laurel and Charlie Chaplin, his influence and style are picked up in the work of Norman Evans and Les Dawson and continues throughout the present day with comedian Peter Kay.
DEBBIE HUDD FROM THE BRITISH MUSIC HALL SOCIETY WILL GIVE A SHORT INTRODUCTION PRIOR TO THE PERFORMANCE IN MEMORY OF ROY HUDD OBE.
Britain’s Got Talent 2020 Finalist, Steve Royle stars as Dan Leno with Janet Maher as Nurse Kelly, Neil Rowland as Henry Galvin, Nicola Violet as Lydia Leno and Phil Walker as Doctor Savage.
SPECIAL GUEST STAR , JOHN THOMSON (COLD FEET and THE MASKED SINGER), WILL PLAY THE CAMEO ROLE OF SIR HERBERT BEERBOHM TREE.
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