Danny Rogers – Dandini
Danny Rogers joins the cast as Dandini
Danny named after the famous Danny Kaye comes from a theatrical family. His mother was a Royal Ballet and Bluebell Dancer and his father the late comedian Ted Rogers.
Danny first took to the stage after mimicking his father in the wings, leading him to play a part in Bernie Clifton’s act. Starting in the entertainment business, he wanted to learn the tricks of the trade and became a Butlin’s Redcoat, leading to two summer seasons as an entertainer in Cala D’or, Mallorca and Warner Leisure Hotels.
He also finds time to write and perform with comedy partner Jamie Clarricoates in their double act Danny and Jamie. Their recent work was touring around the Midlands and South West in their tribute show The Rat Pack are Back.
He studied at the University of Chichester, where he gained a degree in Musical Theatre where he played Mr. Peachum – The Beggars Opera, Emcee – Cabaret and The Wolf – Into the Woods. He also co-wrote a celebration of the work of Cole Porter and played the great man in Unmistakably Cole Porter (Chichester Festival Theatre).
In 2014, he went back to the ‘The Good Old Days’ as a solo entertainer in Victorian Music Hall (The Criterion Theatre). Danny has toured nationwide in children’s theatre as Squirmtum in the CBeebies Television Show Tree Fu Tom. He played the waiter on Television for CBeebies Twirlywoos. As well as Big Bird and Telly Monster in Sesame Street’s Theatre Show Make a New Friend (international World Tour).
His latest project, Bin & Gone, a one man play about his late father Ted Rogers, was a great success at the Brighton Fringe Festival 2018. He plans to go back next year before taking the show to the Edinburgh Fringe.
This summer saw Danny presenting shows Freddo the Frog’s Birthday Party and Story time with Caramel Bunny (Cadbury World), as well as touring the UK presenting Sooty’s Bake off and appearing with Richard Cadell on The Sooty Show.
Pantomime being his favourite season and certainly no stranger to it, having played parts across the country as Seadog Billy in Pirates of the Pavilion (The Weymouth Pavilion Theatre), Abanazar in Aladdin, Muddles in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Tivoli Theatre), Idle Jack in Dick Whittington (The Leatherhead Theatre), Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk (North Pier Theatre, Blackpool), Aladdin in Aladdin (The Gladstone Theatre) and Idle Jack in Dick Whittington (The Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St Anne’s). He is thrilled to be playing Dandini in this beautiful City.