Comic Ben back on Cromer Pier stage this summer

Ben Langley who is appearing in the Cromer Pier summer show.

Ben Langley who is appearing in the Cromer Pier summer show. - Credit: Archant

June is just around the corner and so is Cromer's legendary summer pier show.

There will be a familiar, and local, face in the cast this year with the return of Ben Langley.

The comedian, physical comic performer and scriptwriter, who lives in Norfolk, is back for his second appearance - after a debut in 2012.

He has penned comedy sketches for the show since then, but is looking forward to returning in person.

The News asked him a few questions about his life in show business.

And we are offering the prize of a family ticket to see the Cromer Pier Show.

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When did you first start performing?

BL - I believe my first performance was when I did a rap and breakdance for my entertainment badge at cub camp.

What was your first professional experience?

BL - When I was 10 I went to the Bristol School of Dancing where I learned tap and modern dancing. I wore black tights and elastic braces with a white t-shirt. It was through this I was asked to be an extra in HTV's Robin of Sherwood. I went from cute penguin to dirty peasant overnight.

Where else have you performed in your career?

BL - I've toured lots so have worked most theatres in the UK and from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and QM2 cruise liner to rock concert in Sweden and Bahmiztfah in Staines. I was also flown over to perform my show for Ron Dennis (ex-formula one team principle of McLaren cars) at his house in Cannes.

Where is the best place you have performed and why?

BL - The Yeovil Octagon Theatre will always be one of my top venues: I did my first pantomime there and stayed for six years. I even met my wife there one pantomime season.

Have you ever had any embarrassing things go wrong during a performance?

BL - In my show I stand on someone's shoulders from the audience: I was having particular trouble retrieving this guy for my end trick. After much persistence he finally stood up and hopped down the aisle: he only had one leg.

What have you been doing since you were last at Cromer Pier?

BL -I wrote and directed a show called 'Ha Ha Holmes!' and it starred Joe Pasquale and me. Last year I wrote a show called 'Ha Ha Hood!' and it starred Cannon and Ball and Su Pollard. I also did pantomime at Norwich last year.

What is the best thing about performing at Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre?

BL - The staff are friendly and the audiences are always warm - probably because there's no air conditioning. But Cromer is such a wonderful place and the show brings in a great variety of people.

Where do you come from, currently live and with whom (if applicable)?

BL - I was born in Bristol and grew up in Nailsea. I currently live in Shimpling just outside Diss with my choreographer wife Sarah and our two boys Elwood (4½) and Loxley (2).

What's your most favourite joke?

BL - One snowman turns and says to the other snowman 'can you smell carrots?'


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