It’s a family affair for funnyman Steve Royle at the Grand Theatre this month.
Steve has returned to the Grand for his 10th consecutive year in pantomime due to overwhelming popular demand.
And for the first time ever he is performing on the same stage as his two daughters.
Steve, who plays Buttons in the production of Cinderella, said: “My two daughters Daisy and Rosie are in the show. I’m always more nervous for them as I am for myself because I know they are worried about how much their dad is going to embarrass them.
“They’re only in the panto because I don’t trust them to behave at home without me there!
“But it has its advantages because when they started rehearsals I got to learn a bit myself ahead of schedule by joining their dance class.”
Steve admits that the pantomime is always a highspot of his working year.
“I’ve worked with Amy Thompson, this year’s Cinderella, before and she’s lovely,” he said. “And I’ve met Hayley Kay, who is making her professional pantomime debut as Fairy Godmother, several times being interviewed at Radio Wave where she co-hosts the breakfast show, and she is always a giggle.
“Clearly Danny Miller as Prince Charming is obviously a bit intimidated acting alongside someone as devilishly good looking as myself and as for the Shetland ponies, I just wish they were small enough to juggle.”
As well as being a veteran of Grand Theatre pantomimes, Steve Royle is an actor, comedian, writer, juggler and a regular presenter on BBC Radio Lancashire. He is also the co-founder of the Slaughterhouse-Live character comedy nights.
The group regularly performs at The Comedy Store and was nominated for Best Touring Show at the Manchester Comedy Awards, losing to Peter Kay.
“They made their long overdue Blackpool debut earlier this year at the Merrie England Bar on North Pier.
When asked how he manages to balance his comedy for children and adults in pantomime, he said: “It is tricky at first because I spend most of the year in alternative comedy clubs but once I’m in “panto-mode” I absolutely love it.
“I can honestly say it’s the highlight of my year. It’s just great to work with a team of people as opposed to travelling the country on my own. In terms of getting the balance right, I try to put strong visual gags for the kids and whilst they are laughing slip in a few more risky jokes for the parents to laugh at, hopefully then everyone leaves feeling happy.”
n Steve Royle is appearing in Cinderella at Blackpool Grand Theatre with Danny Miller, Amy Thompson and Hayley Kay until January 6.