An Audience With Dan Leno

The life and times of the great Victorian comedian Dan Leno, written and performed by Tony Lidington.

The pianist is Hugh Nankivell, directed by David Blount.

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AR01From An Egg To A King2006121820080414
20090713 (BBC7)
20090714 (BBC7)
20100222 (BBC7)
20110110 (BBC7)

The life and times of the great Victorian comedian Dan Leno, written and performed by Tony Lidington.

The pianist is Hugh Nankivell, directed by David Blount.

Dan makes his first stage appearance at the age of four, billed as 'Little George, the Infant Wonder, Contortionist and Posturer'.

Little Leno makes his stage debut.

The life and times of the Victorian comedian, written and performed by Tony Lidington.

Written and performed by Tony Lidington.

AR02Clog-walloping2006121920080415
20090714 (BBC7)
20090715 (BBC7)
20100223 (BBC7)
20110111 (BBC7)

World triumph in 1880 wearing clogs.

The life and times of the Victorian comedian.

The life and times of the Victorian comedian, written and performed by Tony Lidington.

In 1880, Dan wins the title Champion Clog-Dancer of the World.

AR03Halls Of Delirium2006122020080416
20090715 (BBC7)
20090716 (BBC7)
20100224 (BBC7)
20110112 (BBC7)

Dan starts to work in the London music halls, where the beer, the barmaids and the jokes are 'all older than a pig in pyjamas'.

Starting work in London's music halls.

Written and performed by Tony Lidington.

The life and times of the Victorian comedian, written and performed by Tony Lidington.

AR04Here We Are Again2006122120080417
20090716 (BBC7)
20090717 (BBC7)
20100225 (BBC7)
20110113 (BBC7)

Dan's in drag today, as the finest of all pantomime Dames.

Donning drag to play a pantomime dame.

Written and performed by Tony Lidington.

The life and times of the Victorian comedian, written and performed by Tony Lidington.

AR05 LASTA Cabinet Of Curiosities2006122220080418
20090717 (BBC7)
20090718 (BBC7)
20100226 (BBC7)
20110114 (BBC7)

Dan is the most highly-paid music hall artist in the land, and appears before the King at Sandringham.

But he yearns to play Hamlet and Richard III.

Despite his huge music hall success, the Victorian comedian yearns to play Shakespeare.

Written and performed by Tony Lidington.