Thursday, 22 January 2015

Daniel Buckley to star in Lardo by Mike Stone

It has been announced that the West End Frame Award winning Daniel Buckley will star in Lardo by Mike Stone. Directed by Finn Caldwell, the play runs at the Old Red Lion Theatre between 3rd and 28th March 2015.

Obese, girlfriendless and struggling to make his way, Lardo (Daniel Buckley) is determined to join Tartan Wrestling Madness - the glamorous bad boys of the Scottish wrestling scene. When his dream finally comes true Lardo surprisingly becomes an overnight sensation, but the massive highs and crippling lows of being a professional wrestler soon threaten to overwhelm this unlikely hero.

As his real life descends into something reminiscent of a wrestling storyline, Lardo has to decide what his priorities are, who he can trust, and whether he can retain his love for the sport that made him great. As always in professional wrestling, accounts must be settled in the ring...

Featuring (almost) real stunts, full-scale audience fight interaction (how often can you yell at someone double your size and get away with it?) and enough spandex to throttle a horse, Lardo is the ultimate steel-cage, no-mercy, royal-rumble of theatre for spring 2015.

Lardo is inspired by the resurgence of wrestling in the UK and its fanatical fan base. Powered by social media and the cult of celebrity, it examines how wrestling provides escapism from an increasingly sanitised world. However, as Lardo himself discovers, although his comic act can dominate the ring it may not be enough to deal with the realities of ‘manhood’ and the legacy of the past. 

Daniel Buckley created the role of Marvin Camden in the West End premiere of Loserville at the Garrick Theatre, having also played the role during the musical’s run at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. For his performance in Loserville, Daniel won the 2012 West End Frame Award for Funniest Performance in a West End show. 

His theatre credits also include: Ushers: The Front of House Musical, standby Elder Cunningham in the original West End production of The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre), Scott Alan Live (London Hippodrome), Piggy in Lord of the Flies (UK Tour), Fresher – The Musical (Edinburgh Fringe) and Otto in Spring Awakening (UK Tour).

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