Peter Duncan to perform in one-man show at Theatre Royal

Former BBC TV Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan is to star in a one-man performance at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds as a pantomime dame who returns to his northern roots.

“The Dame” takes to the stage on Wednesday and Thursday, February 19 and 20.

A lost world of seaside entertainment, piers and promenades is brought to life when seasoned panto dame Ronald Roy Humphrey returns to his roots.

As the curtain falls on the last show of the day, Roy is in a wistful, melancholic mood, but as the years fall away, ghosts and memories from the past confront him with what he has spent his whole life trying to forget.

“The Dame” takes on a journey inside an entertainer’s mind to expose the fragile creature beneath the make-up, bluster and bravado.

Talking about his role in the show, Peter said: “I’ve never played a dame before, I’ve done lots of pantomimes, I kind of grew up in the world. I’ve played baddies, villains and heroes, but this is the first time I’ve ever put on a dress and become a character. It’s emotionally linked to my own parents and my childhood.”

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