Chorley-based comedian Steve Royle gets a starring role on stage at the Little Theatre this weekend in a play about a legendary panto star.

“Dan Leno: A Royal Jester” is based on the true story of the Victorian entertainer, who appeared at the court of Queen Victoria and her family as well as Command Performances at theatres in the West End of London.

Dan Leno honed his trade in the clubs of Lancashire before finding fame in London, where he originated many pantomime ideas and sketches that are still used today.

Steve Royle, best known for appearances in Phoenix Nights and his regular stints in Blackpool Grand’s pantomimes, brings Leno back to life, not only depicting the man himself but performing some of the famous characters and comedy routines.

The play is written by David Slattery-Christy and is set in the later part of Leno’s life as he is forced to reflect on a career that has driven him to the point of madness.

With a full supporting cast, the show recreates the classic music hall days and is a funny and bittersweet look back at the life of a comedy pioneer.

The show runs at 7.30pm on March 23 and 24. Tickets are £10/£8 from Malcolm’s Musicland 01257 264362 or

n Celebrating 35 years on road and radio, twice nominated for the Sony Radio Award for ‘Best Use Of Comedy’, writer-voicer-producer Buzz Hawkins brings radio’s longest running favourite funny family ‘The Bradshaws’ to life on stage before your very eyes at the theatre on March 29.