X-Factor heart-throb Lloyd Daniels will take a break from playing the lead in one of the UK’s most successful touring shows to star in a pantomime in North Wales.
Proud Welshman Lloyd will be strutting his stuff as Prince Charming in Snow White at the Stiwt Theatre in Rhos, near Wrexham, from Wednesday, December 10 until December 30.
He will be starring alongside Flintshire-born TV and stage actress Laura Coard, who will play Snow White, and top tenor Wynne Evans – Gio Compario of Go Compare TV advert fame – who will feature as the Magic Mirror.
The singer, who wowed the X-Factor judges as a 16-year-old in 2009, has been touring since June playing the lead role in Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Lloyd, who hails from Treharris, Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales is thrilled to have been so busy since appearing on X Factor.
He’s returning to the Stiwt by popular demand after starring as Jack in last year’s Jack and the Beanstalk production.
Lloyd said: “X-Factor was an amazing experience. It gave me a platform and meant I could put myself in the shop window.
“I have really enjoyed appearing in Joseph, although touring can be quite tough. I suppose I’ve done around 120 shows since June and appeared at some wonderful venues including The Theatre Royal, Windsor and the Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin.
“I have to pinch myself sometime when I think of the top, top, stars that have played the part of Joseph. To think I’m following in the footsteps of people such as Jason Donovan, Donny Osmond and Phillip Schofield is amazing.
“My mum, Lisa, has been to see the show twice already and I know she’ll be coming up from South Wales to see Snow White; she’s always very supportive as are the rest of my family.
“My older sister, Toni, lives in Saundersfoot, near Tenby and although I live in Manchester now, when I’m not on the road, I try and get to see her as much as I can.
“I realise I’m an absolute role model for my little brother Tylor. He’s only six but idolises me. He came to see Joseph and was just star-struck. I like to think what I do will encourage him as he gets older. I’m sure he sees himself on the stage too!”
But, despite doing so well on X-Factor, Lloyd has yet to release a music album but says he’s jotting down a few song ideas.
He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed musical theatre and that’s what I have concentrated on. However, recently I’ve written a few ideas down, a few melodies and lyrics and I suppose we will see how it works.
“I’m looking at going into a studio in the New Year. If I think it’s good enough then I’ll put it out there. Why not? I’m really not bothered about getting a name for myself, I just want to give people who supported me something back.
“Who knows, if song-writing takes off maybe it’s another avenue. I did release an EP through iTunes called Surburban Girl that made it into the iTunes top 40 which I certainly didn’t expect.
“I want to have some fun at the Stiwt. Pantomime is so British and so much fun and I know Lee Kelly and his LHK Production team always put together a fantastic pantomime show.
“I just can’t wait to meet up with the rest of the cast and get going. It’s think it’s time for some fun!”
Snow White will be at the Stiwt Theatre for 37 magical performances with Jaqui Lewis as the Wicked Queen, Ian Hoskins as the Henchman joining Lloyd Daniels, Laura Coard in a cast which also features, as if by magic, Wynne Evans.
Tickets range from £17 for adults to £7.50 for school children and family tickets available at £59. For more information and to book on-line visit www.stiwt.com