Daniel Boys has Tea With Wilma
For those who may not be familiar with your work, can you tell me about yourself and some of your career highlights?
I guess most people know me from BBC’s Any Dream Will Do which I was a contestant on in 2007. However, I graduated from the Guildford School of Acting in 2001 and worked in the industry in several West End and Touring Productions including the first UK Tour of Rent, Sunset Boulevard & Grease. In 2007 I joined the London cast of Avenue Q and spent two and a half years playing Princeton/Rod which was definitely a career highlight for me.
You are currently playing Sir Lancelot in Spamalot in the West End. Can you tell me what the show is about and your characters role within it?
As we all know the show is based around Monty Python’s Holy Grail. The story is based around King Arthur and his Knights seeking the Grail and their journey along the way. My main character is Sir Lancelot, however I also play a few other characters including The Knight of Ni, French Taunter and Tim the Enchanter. Hilarious and silly roles which are a joy to play!
Spamalot is advertised at ‘the silliest show in the West End’. What line/scene/moment in the show do you think is the silliest?
The silliest moment I have is probably playing the Knight of Ni where every night I have to sing a different song (of my choice!) and Arthur has to repeat what I sing. It can be very funny if it’s a song he doesn’t know! There is also a scene where I don’t wear very much!!
What has been the funniest/most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
When I was in Grease I was doing a scene opposite Louise Dearman (who was playing Jan) and a fly landed on my hand! It doesn’t sound particularly funny but both Louise and I lost the plot and could not stop laughing and corpsed our way through the song Mooning! Very embarrassing!!
Do you have a favourite play or musical that means a lot to you?
Rent is very special to me as it was my first professional job. And it’s a very touching and powerful story and score.
If you could be a woman for the day, what theatre role would you like to have a go at playing (and you can’t say Elphaba because that’s all anyone ever says).
Ok, it would probably be the Lady of the Lake in Spamalot! I would look good in blue sequins!!
Your fans have a teddy mascot with your name on which they take around with them to photograph with/near you. Where is the strangest place you have seen it appear and how do you feel about this gesture?
Of course I feel humbled to have people who follow my career and enjoy my work. I have met Rodney the rabbit on a few occasions and always love having my picture with him!
You are a big fan of the TV show Neighbours and recently won a competition to sing the theme song on the programme. If you had to choose between Spamalot and Neighbours, which would you choose?
Neighbours! I have watched it since I was a child. It’s an honour to sing the theme tune (if a bit surreal) but the thought of playing a character in the show would be a dream come true. Neighbours producers if you are watching….
Thanks for having Tea With Wilma