Steve Royle shall be going to the ball this Christmas when he takes to the stage in Cinderella at Blackpool Grand Theatre to celebrate a decade in panto.
And even though he’s looking forward to it Steve says: “It may look easy but it takes months and months to plan for a panto, because I like to put my own bits into it.
“Every time I get asked back, it’s another nightmare and I have to think of something new again. After 10 years, I could do something I did in year one, but I like to try and challenge myself and do something bigger and better.
“I have things people request me to do and I usually have my juggling spot I put in. I juggle with ping-pong balls out of my mouth – I don’t think there’s been a panto where I’ve not done that.”
He’s also looking forward to learning who his co-stars will be.
“You need to have the celebrities in, but you also need to have the experience and people who really know the business. That’s where Blackpool is different to a lot of pantos.
“But I always think it’s about the comedy. There’s some very talented singers, but I would cut a song before I cut a gag. It’s not all about making the kids laugh. It’s about making the parents laugh as well. You have people from three to 103 coming to it and that’s the real skill, you have to have enough for everybody. I have bits where kids shout out and bits where parents say ‘that’s clever and original’. They’ve been seeing pantos for 30 or 50 years and they’ve seen all the gags, so that’s why I try and write new stuff.”
Steve is also co-founder of the Slaughterhouse group which regularly performs at The Comedy Store and had a sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They make their Blackpool debut as part of the resort’s Comedy Weekend at North Pier’s Merrie England Bar on Friday, March 31.
Cinderella will be at the Grand Theatre from Friday December 7.