'That actor guy from The Nanny' stars in Stage West's new Game Show

MISSISSAUGA — Although he has a long list of stage, TV and film credits to his name (not to mention being an honest-to-goodness real life British baron), Charles Shaughnessy likes to refer to himself as “that actor guy from The Nanny .”

That’s because the London-born actor, an alum of both Cambridge's famed Footlights troupe and Broadway, is probably best known for his role as Maxwell Sheffield, the male lead and patriarch of the family in the hit sitcom which ran from 1993 to 1999 in the U.S.

But Shaughnessy’s being very modest. In addition to his star turn in The Nanny , he has a recurring role as secret agent Shane Donovan in the soap opera Days of Our Lives , one of the longest-running TV television programs in the world, plus appearances on hits like Mad Men and Castle .

Although British born, Shaughnessy actually has strong Canadian ties  — great-grandfather Thomas (the first Baron Shaughnessy) was president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and Montreal's Shaughnessy Village, and the prestigious Shaughnessy neighbourhood in Vancouver are both named for the family.

From April 25-June 30, fans will be able to get up-close and personal with Shaughnessy when he rolls into Stage West Mississauga with the interactive comedy Game Show , currently playing to rave reviews at Stage West Calgary.

Think two shows occupying the same slice of time and space. Set during a “live broadcast” of a fictional, long-running TV game show, it places the theatre audience in the role of the TV studio audience, in which members are picked as the contestants to play the trivia-based game and win actual prizes.

The audience also witnesses all the backstage, back-stabbing antics “behind the scenes” that go on during the “commercial breaks” of the show.

“It’s going to be a different show every night, depending on the mood of the audience and how much wine they’ve had,” said Shaughnessy.

“I’ve never done a show like this. It reminds me a bit of English pantomime,” he adds.

For show times, dates and reservations, visit www.stagewest.com .