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twice as much fun as hearing it."

Laughter has been ringing in Dale's ears for most of his career. Debuting at 16 at a small theatre in Kittering in Northamptonshire, he literally arrived with a laugh hurled through the air by four stagehands, arriving stage centre with a loud kaboom. "They used to announce that I was in the wings but that I was a little too nervous as this was my first appearance professionally, then they threw me onstage. I used to use that every night for three or four years."

This entrance foreshadowed the career that was to come. "It has been a physical career, no doubt about it. That's probably because I studied ballet, tap, ballroom dancing, eccentric comedy dancing, sometimes nine to ten lessons a week, six days a week for six years. You've got to learn it. There is no secret. It's just a matter of having spent years doing it in front of a crowd. I suppose I found it easier in the beginning to get a laugh with body contortions  and body language as opposed to just the spoke word. Many of the parts I've played over the years, like Shakespearean comedian roles, began physically with the visual character that you can see out there on stage. That's the way I always start. I like to put the shoes on him and find the walk for him before I explore what's inside."

Which, one surmises, is what comes of starting out as a tumbler. "When you're a tumbler, the first thing you learn is that your body is a very precious thing to look after, and you're an idiot if you throw it around just to make people laugh. In the early days I used to injure myself a lot." He rolls up his sleeve to reveal a smashed elbow, the result of many a bad fall. "Lupino Lane used to come off the stage and say, 'Look at the laugh I got tonight,' and show a big bruise. He used to call 'em laughs, his bruises."

A self-confessed grandfather and father of four, Dale carries on accordingly, in the rough-and-tumble way he has always played it. In addition to risking life and 

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limb, he also laid his reputation on the line when he took on Me and My Girl, for it meant following not only his idol, Lupino Lane, but also Robert Lindsay, who collected a Tony for the part two weeks before Dale took it over. Rialto skeptics predicted a dip at the box office; instead, it soared.

"The only problem about following somebody into a role is that people compare performances. I think that's wrong. You don't compare people's different Hamlets. Hamlet has been done hundreds of times, and there's no reason why Bill Snibson shouldn't be played many, many different ways. Tim Curry's bringing the house down in the road company with his interpretation, which I've seen, which is completely different from mine. Bob did it his way, I'm doing it my way, Tim Curry's doing it his way, and whoever does it in the future will do it his way. If people expect me to be the same as Bob Lindsay, what do they want? An impressionist? My style of generating laughter is different than Bob's but just as acceptable, judging from the reaction of the audience. That's the measuring stick of it all - the audience's reaction." More often than not, the rowdy response greeting

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