An experienced writer, director and performer, over the last number of years Tony has created a number of critically acclaimed shows for the theatre. These include Dan Leno, Joey – King of Clowns, Kings of Cloth of Gold and Gripping Yarns to name but a few. Please click on the show below for further details and images.

He is currently working on some new shows for 2014 – watch this space! Tony always welcomes new commissions, so please get in touch if you have an idea.

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Some Reviews

Tony Lidington continues to enthrall with his echoes of the entertainers of long ago.The Stage

“This premiere finds Lidington’s script and solo performance meticulous.”
Darlington and Stockton Times

“Lidington, inhabits the soul of Leno with daring and accuracy.The Northern Echo

“If you press historical re-wind and keep your finger on the button until you get to 1863,  you’ll find Dan Leno making his debut, aged 4 at the Cosmotheca Music Hall in Paddington, London…  Lidington’s performance is insanely accurate and massively impressive and definitely worth travelling to see.”
Helen Brown, The Northern Echo

“That master showman and esteemed performance historian Tony Lidington creates pantomimes that are so wonderfully appropriate for the Georgian Theatre Royal. They explore elements and aspects of our showbusiness heritage but are not steeped in aspic. They are alive, vital, bursting with wit and spontaneous energy… If there are ghosts at the GTR, and there must be, they will love this pantomime. It could not be in safer hands.”
Kevin Berry, The Stage