When good Boyz go bad
Shane Lynch is heading to Kent to play Abanazar in Aladdin. Chris
Price caught up for a chat.
Panto-goers at Sevenoaks’ cosy and traditional Stag Theatre can
look forward to something extra this year, in the muscle-bound
shape of Boyzone hunk Shane Lynch.
But international star Shane revealed that his first rehearsals
at the theatre with actors including Kent stalwart thespian Tony
Haygarth really cut him down to size – and left him feeling a bit
Shane, 36, said: “I’m kind of used to cruising through it all,
book in hand until the last day, but everybody’s very professional
and off-book on this stage!
“Everyone had been studying in the weeks up to this first
rehearsal and I was the only one on stage with a book in my hand,
so shame on me.”
After seven previous pantos in the role of prince, he described
taking the role of the baddie, Abanazar, as a “career change”.
“Playing the prince got very monotonous. I’d had enough and I
needed a new direction. This is more challenging and more involved
in terms of time on stage. I’m looking forward to it. I thought it
was time for a career change, you know.”
After his panto run, Boyzone are set to record a new album
marking their 20th anniversary, with a tour planned for 2013. The
20-track album will include 10 new songs and 10 remixes of songs
from the past.
“It doesn’t feel like 20 years for us boys,” Shane said.
“Although it is a long time in the industry, it has gone relatively
“When we see each other again it is almost like we slip into
another language together, because we are so close. That is why it
The announcement of the planned album and tour is further proof
that the four remaining members of the Irish act – founded by X
Factor judge Louis Walsh – are tighter than ever after the success
of their Brother tour and album in 2010, which paid tribute to
fifth member Stephen Gately who died in Majorca in 2009.
Shane said: “It is something we contemplated not doing but are
delighted we did. When we were all apart, that was when Stephen was
most distant. But when we are together, our memories are so tight
he comes alive, because we are constantly speaking about him and
remembering what it was like to have him there.
“That’s why we’re delighted to do the tour. It’s like he’s there
when we are together.”
Did you know...
In Shane Lynch’s other great passion, motorsport, he is set to
enter his seventh season of drift racing and is ranked fifth in
Shane has risen through the ranks in motorsport, but Kent was
the scene of sporting heartbreak for him.
He came within a few laps of winning the 2003 British GT
Championship at the last race of the season at Brands Hatch, but
crashed into a spinning backmarker he was lapping, which cost him
his chance at the title.
In 2007, he made the move into drifting as it emerged as a new
Shane said: “It is the extreme of motorsport and that is what
tickles me. I like extreme sport.
“Motorsport is on the edge and this is past the edge. It’s
Aladdin, starring Shane Lynch, Tony Haygarth and Andrew
Stone, runs at Sevenoaks’ Stag Theatre from Saturday, December 8 to
Sunday, January 6. Tickets £17. Box office 01732 450175.
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