MICHAEL HARRISON’S 40th

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The Qdos extended family got together to wish Qdos Panto producer and Managing Director Michael Harrison a very Happy 40th Birthday! The Family affair began when guests arriving at the Ham Yard Hotel Soho were greeted by Michael and Kathryn Harrison and four year old son Alfie.

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The Party occupied a complete floor of this boutique hotel, with its own private bowling alley, two bars and a cinema! During the evening the cinema showed Pantomime of course, at its very finest, and the champagne flowed as we dined, wined, bowled and raised our glasses in a toast- made by Nigel Havers, Palladium stalwart that he is, to Michael’s 40th!

There are official and glossy photographs to be released, but for the time being, here are some pics from various phones!

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Kathryn Harrison, Brian Conley & Brian May (not a new double act.. yet) Ann-Marie Conley, Amy Potts and Anita Dobson

The Cabaret for the evening was the sensational Drifters- Michael Harrison will be presenting Beverley Knight as the star of a new musical about this iconic group. A treasured memory will be of Elaine C Smith and Imelda Staunton bopping away to “Under The Boardwalk” – a magical moment!

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Jess Knight,  Beverley Knight and Dan

 

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Panto stars, mates and Pals at the Party! 

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I spent a lovely evening catching up with Panto mates from way back. Great to chat to Paul and Linda Elliott, catch up with Brian and Ann-Marie Conley, with Alan Stewart, Andy Gra, Biggins and The Fabulous Jeanette & Ian (Tough) – The Krankies! These among many many folk I chatted to until the champagne took hold and I struggled to remember my name! Carriages (or Ubers as they now are) were at 2am.

The worlds of Musicals and Pantomimes were well represented, as well as creatives, choreographers, directors, producers, lighting designers, executive producers and theatre managers. Every aspect of the Biz that is Show was there to say “Happy Birthday”.

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Kathryn & Brian, Ann-Marie and another Brian!

Michael’s shows in the West End (and a good few Worldwide),have included Bodyguard ,Gypsy, Mrs Henderson Presents, Young Frankenstein, Fiddler On The Roof, Annie and Joseph at the London Palladium- returning next year.

The room had many of the casts and creatives from these shows. David Ian was among the guests tonight- David ( like Jonathan Kiley trod the Kenneth More Theatre boards in Panto, Once Upon A Time!) has co produced shows with Michael that include Sunset Boulevard and the recent Benidorm Live tour of the UK.

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Brian,Joe Pasquale and Gok Wan.

Gok was guest DJ tonight, Nigel Havers was speech maker, and the rest of the Palladium’s panto casts from the past few years were out in force- Julian Clary, Dawn French, Gary Wilmot, Paul Zerdin, Emma Williams to name but a few. This year of course it is the Qdos London Palladium production of “Goldilocks & The Three Bears” that takes the centre stage, presented by Qdos founder and Chairman Nick Thomas MBE.

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Mick and Sandra Thomas (joint owners of Qdos) were celebrating, along with a huge number of their Qdos Pantomime Family.

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Brian and Andrew Ryan. Nigel Havers gives the Birthday Toast!

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Dan, Anne Galbraith,Christine and Chris.

The champagne continued, the buffet was served (“The “T” in buffet is silent. Really? Not when I drink it…” apologies to Dan Leno for that gag) the bowling went apace, we heard the Drifters live and Gok’s discs were spinning- It really was a Swell Party- Thank you Michael Harrison and Happy Birthday!

Here’s a VERY rough guest list with dozens of omissions- from memory! Apologies to those I’ve missed out- there was a lot of Moet!- The list in absolutely no particular order!

Michael. Kathryn and Alfie Harrison

Nick & Sandra Thomas

Paul & Linda Elliott

David and Tracy Ian

Clive Webb and Ann,  Danny Adams and Amy Potts.

Phil Hoffman

Elaine  C Smith

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Joe Pasquale

Ed Curtis

Beverley Knight

Brian & Anne Marie Conley

Jeanette and Ian Tough

Imelda Staunton

Dawn French and Mark Bignell

Paul and Linda Elliott

Julian Clary & Ian Mackley

Christopher Biggins

Chris Hayward  and Dan Russell

Ceri DuPree

Annie Galbraith

Allan Stewart & Jayne Danielle

Nigel Ellacott

Andrew Ryan

Andy Grey

Grant Stott

Gareth Owen

Nigel Havers

Paul Bouchier

Martin Hinkins

David & Sallie McNeil

Darry Black and Stuart Griffith

Gary & Yvonne Hind

Marc SherWood

Jonathan Kiley

Gary Wilmot

Adam Renton

Phil Dale

John Bowles

Michael Gingell

Anne Smith

The Drifters

Matt slack – and Jess

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Anita Dobson and Brian May

Alan and Sharon Harding

David Ian and Tracie Laine

Jamie Taylor

Jake Hine

Paul Zerdin

Stillie Dee

Jason Donovan

Paul and Gary Twins

Innis Robertson

Jac Yarrow

Barry Burnett

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Jordan Young

Steve Arnot

Emma Newton Williams and James Newton

 

 

 

Birmingham Panto Launch!

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Monday 16th September 2019

Today saw the Qdos “Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs” Pantomime launch at the Hippodrome Birmingham.

This is the London Palladium production with all the fabulous scenery, costumes and effects, and a stellar cast assembled for the run. It opens Saturday 21st December and runs through to Sunday 2nd February, two shows a day.

Producer and Director Michael Harrison together with Fiona Shaw, CEO and Artistic Director of the Hippodrome launched the panto today with an invited audience of Group Bookers and Friends of The Hippodrome attending events.Adrian LeSurf, Head of Marketing for Qdos was on hand to oversee the launch.

Meet The Cast!

Lesley Joseph returns to the Hippodrome to star as The Wicked Queen.

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Lesley Joseph enthroned at the Hippodrome.

Here’s an interview with Lesley from the launch:

Lesley first did Pantomime at The “Hippo” in 1991. This year she has been working non stop since finishing the run of “Young Frankenstein” in The West End, “Cinderella” at Bromley, and going straight into the tour of Calendar Girls, and overlapping into the tour of “Annie”. She will be enthroned at The Hippodrome for the six week season!

Matt Slack is a Hippodrome favourite. This will be his seventh consecutive Pantomime here in Birmingham. It was great to see Matt in the Summer when The Hippodrome Celebrated 125 years, and we enjoyed a full evening’s entertainment (and a great meal on stage) hosted by Matt. It has been seven years since Matt did his first appearance in “Snow White ” here at The Hippodrome- he is now a Hippo Regular!

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Matt Slack giving the Kiss Of Life a few centuries too late!

Here’s the launch interview with Matt on Celebrity Radio:

Playing the part of “The Spirit of the Mirror” is X Factor Winner Joe McElderry. Joe has spent most of this year starring in “Club Tropicana” the Musical playing Garry the Club Rep. It began touring in January in Bromley, and finished in Cardiff at the end of August. Joe is currently on his concert tour until rehearsals begin.

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Joe McElderry – Spirit of The Magic Mirror

Here’s Joe’s interview on Panto Launch Day:

The Title role is played by Coronation Street’s Faye Brookes. Faye is known for her role as Kate Connor in Coronation Street. She has toured with “Legally Blonde” The Musical as well as “Grease” and “Shrek”. Here’s Faye’s interview on the day:

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Faye Brookes- hopefuly not hungry right now!

The Queen Of The Black Country- self styled “Lazy Cow” Doreen Tipton is demoted to Lady In Waiting to the Wicked Queen this year at the Hippodrome. Youtube sensation Doreen leaves her daughters Trojan, Tangerine and Trollop behind in Wolverhampton tp join this year’s cast of “Snow White.

 

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Doreen Tipton- Midlands Icon!

Returning to the Birmingham Hippodrome for the fourth time as Dame is Andrew Ryan.

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Andrew Ryan plays Nanny Annie Asprin!

Andrew was here previously in “Dick Whittington” with John Barrowman and The Krankies, and before that in “Aladdin” with Marti Pellow and Julian Clary. Andrew appeared at the Hippodrome in “Robinson Crusoe” in 2012 with Brian Conley and Lesley Joseph. This is Andrew’s fifth Panto appearing with Lesley- Last year he Directed Lesley in “Cinderella” at Bromley.This is his Third panto with Matt Slack!

Here’s Andrew’s interview on Celebrity Radio along with Jac Yarrow in the studio.

Jac Yarrow arrived for today’s launch direct from winning the Joe Allen Best West End Debut Award for his role as Joseph in “Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat” at The London Palladium. Producer Michael Harrison selected Jac to play Joseph while he was still at Arts Educational School. He finished the run of Joseph (for THIS year!)at the Palladium just in time to graduate from Arts Ed.

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Jac Yarrow fresh from winning the Joe Allen Best West End Debut award for “Joseph”

Michael Harrison hosted the cast interviews in the Patrick Centre at the Hippodrome in front of an invited audience, with a lively Q&A session. Photocalls, press interviews and media moments organised by Adrian LeSurf, followed by an autograph signing and selfie session- A great day out at the Hippodrome!

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Joining the cast for the Pantomime season this year will be Flawless from Britain’s Got Talent, and of course, no Snow White Panto could be complete without the Seven Dwarfs and a full ensemble of singer/dancers to complete this epic production!

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Vicki Michelle- Only Once!

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An Evening with Vicki Michelle- “I will say this only once!”

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Vicki, interviewed by her daughter Louise Fowler gave a sold out crowd a Great night of fun and chat with clips from an amazing career- from early TV appearances in “Dixon Of Dock Green” and “Softly Softly” through Film and Stage roles ending with her long running success as Yvette Carte Blanche in “Allo Allo” from 1982 to 1992- a staggering 85 episodes still airing on TV channels today.

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The list of the great and good in both Comedy and Drama that Vicki has appeared with is staggering- from Ava Gardener, Laurence Olivier and Geilgud (Not forgetting Judy Dench!)Dame Joan Collins, Leoanard Rossiter, Dennis Waterman,  to the Giants of comedy Ken Dodd, Les Dawson and The Two Ronnies, with comedy sketches with Kenny Everett and Dick Emery thrown in for good measure!

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Vicki’s early stage career (guided by Aida Foster’s Agency- I was with Anita Foster’s agency way back too!) led to a West End run with Dudley Moore, and The West End was to see her in several musicals as well as the long running “Allo Allo” theatre shows at the London Palladium and The Prince Of Wales. The Stage version toured the UK and Australia, New Zealand.

Along the way we had clips from shows, from Pantomime- a very Wicked Queen in pantomimes- her next one will be at The Opera House York this Panto Season- and lots of anecdotes- prompted by Louise about the antics on the “Allo Allo” set!

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A great evening in the company of Vicki’s family- husband Graham was filming the show, and Sisters Anne & June with their family were there to support.

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Many chums from “Show Biz”were there to join in the fun. It was great to see Mark Curry- Andrew Ryan and I toured with Mark in “Billy Liar” a good few years ago, and I did Wimbledon Panto with him shortly after. Good to see Matt Pallant, a very talented musician with his family that includes John D Collins from “Allo Allo”.

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Patti Boulay was there celebrating her Anniversary, and lovely to catch up again with Linda Reagan and husband Brian Murphy. Linda is known as a best selling Thriller and crime novelist today, and for her long running appearances in “Heidi Hi!”, and Brian of course for “George & Mildred” and “Last Of The Summer Wine” – just a small selection from their joint careers in the West End and Television.

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Francesca Gonshaw from “Allo Allo” was there, along with Avril Gaynor (Avril was in the very first play ever staged at the Kenneth More Theatre when it first opened!). Ben Stock was there-with Helen Power- Ben taking a break from his rehearsals of “Mame”- Thanks for the use of the show photos Ben!

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Among the Sold Out House was singer Rosemarie, Actress & Impressionist Debbie Arnold, and Dwina Murphy-Gibb, of the Robin Gibb charity for The  RAF Bomber Command Memorial- one of many charities Vicki is involved with- here are some of them:

President of Lady Taverner’s Regional Branch

President of The Heritage Foundation –London

Ambassador for Soldiering On Awards

Member of Grand Order of Lady Ratlings

Executive Committee Member of The Royal Variety Charity

Patron of The Gordon Craig Theatre

Patron of Blackfish Academy

Patron of Talent Time Stage School

Patron of The Dream Factory

Patron of Haven House Children’s Hospice

Patron of AA Dog Rescue

Patron of Essex Women’s Advisory Group

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Vicki received the MBE from The Queen in the 2010 honours list for her charity work.

The Evening ended with Vicki telling us about her appearances Emmerdale, and  in Ray Cooney’s farces ,including the long running “Run For Your Wife”, and in the “Don’t Dress For Dinner” farce (along with Mark Curry) and her journey from Essex into “The Jungle” to appear on “I’m A Celebrity, Get me Out Of Here!”.

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An incredible career- and a joy to hear it first hand from a very lovely lady – let’s hope she says this MORE than once and this show goes on the road to a town near you soon!

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Another Openin’- KMT PANTO an announcement from Anton Benson

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Anton Benson Productions- The Kenneth More Theatre Pantomime 2019/20

As the doors shut briefly on Ilford’s Kenneth More Theatre this week, there has been an announcement from Anton Benson Productions (https://www.antonbensonproductions.com/)  regarding the Pantomime at the Theatre.

For over forty four years there has been an annual family panto at the KMT. I’ve costumed about forty of them, and my brother Vivyan (Ellacott) has directed all of the pantos up to 2010.Steven Day Directed the Pantomimes from 2011 to 2018-19.

The Redbridge Theatre Company leaves the KMT this week, and Vision   https://visionrcl.org.uk/ will run the theatre from September 1st.

The Kenneth More will therefore continue with the Panto tradition which is great news- here’s the message from Anton Benson:

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We are thrilled to have been entrusted with the responsibility of continuing the long standing tradition of providing a family friendly high quality pantomime at the Kenneth More Theatre this Christmas.

The production will open on 14th December 2019 and run until 12th January 2020. In a change to Kenneth More panto tradition, it will feature star casting and we will be starting to announce headliners soon. Tickets will go on sale early September.

We look forward to welcoming customers old and new to an exciting new chapter of pantomime at Kenneth More Theatre

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Looking forward to seeing this “Sleeping Beauty” at the KMT in January when I’ve finished my Sleeping Beauty for Venue Cymru!

Wave your little hand and whisper so long dearie!

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Moving on!

As a Pantomime Dame with own wardrobe, we are used to packing, unpacking, repacking and loading the costumes in and out of trucks. It is what we do before and after a Panto run. We don’t however usually pack everything we own into a very big van and whisper “so long dearie” after thirty six years!

 

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Before..

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After!

After what seems a lifetime of storing our Pantomime costumes, wigs and accessories at the Kenneth More Theatre, this summer we moved it all, in its entirely to a new home in rural Hertfordshire. A County away from Ilford in Essex.

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Andrew Ryan and I are used to sending a rail of costumes, two skips and a few wearable objects (a Can Of Beans, A Christmas Pudding.. A Deckchair- the list goes on!) to theatres around the UK for panto. We have never dispatched the entire contents of our Kenneth More Theatre Store in one session! Every costume was already bagged in its costume bag, and the wigs wrapped in plastic, but they were hanging on chrome industrial strength shop fittings.

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During the months of June and July we bought eight dress rails, which just took the costumes on our fixed rails, and six large cardboard “skips”. The Skips took wigs and accessories. Two more Wicker skips took the things you might use one day- Panto specific to Aladdin or Jack or Snow White, and another things you’ll probably NEVER use, but I am that hoarder! It takes me ten years to throw away Christmas Cards from dressings rooms- some dressing rooms now demolished!

We bought more dress covers for the costumes and eight Dress rail covers (for the rails not surprisingly) and set to work packing up our “stock In Trade”. To add to the complications, we needed a rail or two each with THIS season’s costumes on them, which gets added to, or depleted once the Panto script arrives! I know this year as Queen of North Wales, I will be wearing the “Glitzy” stuff- no “Workers” required. No pinny for Queen Myfanwy of Deganwy! I’ve set up two rails of furs, beaded wonderments, sequinned creations and ermined robes- and await the script to hopefully get as many costume changes in as I possibly can. My motto.. “Keep moving and they can’t hit you”.

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Winching down the skips to join the rails below

I started storing my “Sister” costumes here back in 1981. Over the years Peter Robbins and I built up a huge wardrobe, and then continued to get new made each year. Fortunately we didn’t hoard in those days, and recycled. Our old costumes are knocking about somewhere even now I hope! Andrew Ryan’s costumes and wigs joined, and the “corner” filled up to bursting point.

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I say we didn’t “hoard”- some things you NEVER throw away. This gorgeous Hound was made by a pal of Peter & mine- Sue Dacre. A superb master craftesman and Film and Theatre puppeteer. Sue made this chap and a Vulture (called “Vera”) for our very first time as “Ugly Sisters” here in 1981.Vera sat on my head in the hunting scene. Vera was glued with a glue we later found had “Gorn Orff”. To be brutal- She stank!  She was banished to the scene docks of four theatres before she finally went to Vulture Heaven. (Bournemouth I recall) and that is why there is no picture!

 

The above picture shows three skips that didn’t go on the van. Sadly the wicker skips had fallen apart, and the monogrammed one (ER- not the Queen.. Think about it? “Ellacott & Robbins”- got it?) I had to put in the recycling. After 38 years it had perished. It was a sad moment.

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The rails now at the ground floor dock doors.

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The last things to move were the “Pantomime Roadshow” costumes and scenery. I’ve been fortunate. In forty Years I’ve never had to have costumes and props in the house. I am still fortunate, as only the Panto Roadshow scenery and costumes are now at home. They await our Roadshows to Basingstoke and Llandudno this Autumn, and then they too will travel to leafy Hertfordshire.

Finally like the Marie Lloyd song we “Followed on with the Old Cock Linnet”, but we didn’t Dilly or Dally-we followed the loaded van, prayed the mountain of costumes and wigs and props would fit into their new home and “Open Sesame!” The new cave of wonders had room to spare! Here is a picture of one proud Pantomime Dame and the Costumes safely stored again!

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This reminds me of covered wagons on the trail! Here are the eight covered rails, and behind them stacked up are the eight skips. Danny La Rue’s bustle (as made by Terry Parsons ) has a new home, and Danny would love his new surroundings. Very “Dan”!

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Goodnight!

 

Empty chairs- The KMT Closure & Re-opening.

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The KMT Auditorium

The KMT opened on December 31st 1974. My brother, Vivyan Ellacott had moved from The Swansea Grand Theatre to Ilford to oversee the building and creation of the new theatre. He had been at Swansea from 1966 to 1968- then during rebuilding went to Wimbledon Theatre, and returned to Swansea Grand 1969 to 1973.

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Pantomime had been a huge tradition at Swansea, where they often ran up until early March, and Vivyan created and Directed them here from 1975 up until his retirement after the 2010/11 Pantomime. Steven Day carried on the tradition and Directed each panto from 2011 to last year’s “Aladdin” 2018-19.

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Vivyan Ellacott has a website that lists (among many sections on Musicals and Theatres) every KMT Pantomime since the first “Dick Whittington” in 1975. Here’s the link

http://www.overthefootlights.co.uk/kmtpanto.html

Steven Day Directed Eight of the KMT Pantomimes. As a performer he had appeared in two previous pantos, and as Music Director he was involved in five previously. He too began his career here at the KMT.

The Theatre’s Pantomime for 2019-20 will be “Sleeping Beauty” produced by Anton Benson Productions for Vision- Redbridge Culture & Leisure who run the KMT as from September 1st 2019.

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The KMT has been a huge part of my life since I first became involved in the ’70’s. It was here I started to design the costumes for the pantomimes-along with Margaret Brice- this led to designing tours- one lengthy job being The”Rocky Horror Show” in UK and Europe, and once at The Casino De Paris! Two costumes from Margaret & I are currently on display at the V&A. A very proud moment for us both.

It was at the KMT I did my first “Sister” with Peter Robbins in 1981 (never dreaming it would continue for 28 years!). It was here I “invented” my first Dame in 2009 and received amazing support from everyone

.It was with great sadness I was told in May that the KMT as we knew it, would be closing. At that point the future was uncertain, but the company who ran KMT (Redbridge Theatre Company) would not be continuing in this building after August. This is my first Summer NOT costuming a pantomime since the ’70’s!

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As you may have read in the previous article, I had stored my own Panto creations here for over thirty five years, and Andrew Ryan’s fabulous Dame costumes were also stored. These we moved during the mid summer- and yes, it WAS Murder! Actually we did very well as I hope the article shows!

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Site of Messers Ryan & Ellacott’s Pantomime Wardrobe! Where’s the blue plaque?

Steven Day Manager of the KMT had the task of de-cluttering the theatre of forty odd years accumulation,  and also of selling the assets of the company to ensure it remained solvent for future presentations in the area. IBY regulars will have noticed Panto Costume Sales advertised on the message board.

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The entire stock of panto costumes were sold to various production companies, The Wigs were bought almost entirely to take on a new lease of life around the country,( All created by Bodyline) and those hundreds and hundreds of designs and untold hours of work by Margaret Brice, and makers like Mary-Ann Trigg, Meryl Herbert, Shirley Davis,Marie Webb, Frank Kershaw, Tony Wright, and further back Madam Kuldana and Frank and Tish Winter- the list is endless- They will all have new Panto homes!

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It is so sad to see a building you have virtually lived in slowly denuded. Even worse to see Empty Seats in the auditorium- but not for long. The building will spring into action and return to doing what it does best- Entertaining Ilford.

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I put together a collection of photographs during this Summer- The scenic cloths and furniture have now gone to a new Panto store and will be seen in various theatres each year- the spare Pantomime Roadshow sets I had (We’ve been doing this show over twenty years!) have gone to a school and to a Drama College.

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Although it is sad to see those empty spaces, it is heartening to think theatre has ALWAYS recycled. Before it was fashionable- Theatres always thrived by thrift!

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A big building with two large stores across the road, and a further store across in the Town Hall! Inside the building you can see the “Long Corridor” that housed Wigs and Accessories, and a view of the dressing room chaos!

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Stage Manager Dave Palmer on his final day.

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Jocelyn Herbert’s Mask for ENO

The mask (in a Tea Chest in one of the stores)  I had always known to be important, but decided to ask the V&A if they would like it- they have one already. This completes the set designed for English National Opera. Jocelyn Herbert was one of this countries most influential stage designers. She died in 2003. It is now safely stored at the V&A Museum.

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To celebrate the many companies, both amateur and professional that have performed at the KMT, and to honour the volunteers who kept the building running, Steven presented a one off farewell show. “A Night To Remember”. The Title.. well film buffs will get the reference. If you need a clue it was 1958. You’ll make the connection!

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Some familiar KMT faces there- and here are a few more who were in or at the show.

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A Doyen of Dames! Simon Bashford, Keith Hopkins, Nigel Ellacott, Marc Seymour and Andrew Ryan

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Nick Greenshields, currently playing Javert in the internation tour of Les Miserable and Pharic Scott, West End & Australia’s “Wicked” productions. Both local lads began careers here at Ilford’s KMT.

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Steven Day and Natalie Cleverly

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The Finale of A Night To Remember

 

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The auditorium (Sold out for the farewell show) will once again be welcoming patrons once the new caretakers of this building present their brochure for the Winter months. The building- empty or full- it isn’t just bricks and mortar.In fact it isn’t the most beautiful building of those ’70’s designers dreams.. but it is a place that makes dreams. Fairy tales- once upon a times- we’ve all enjoyed memories, of performing here or seeing a show here- and some of us working here. It is the people that make the building.

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Here’s to Pantomime number forty five- “Sleeping Beauty”. It is the first of a new breed here- not “In House” but produced from outside , as Anton Benson says..” continuing the long standing tradition” of the Kenneth More Theatre. Long may it continue.

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JIMMY PATTON- “No Slacking”

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Here at IBY Simon and I were saddened to hear the news that Jimmy Patton, of The Patton Brothers fame has died aged 87.

Jimmy Elliott and his brother Brian were the longest comedy partnership in Showbusiness-well over fifty five years working together- with Jimmy starting in Pantomime in 1946, where he joined Britain’s “Dead End Kids” and performed in five Pantomimes before being joined by younger brother Brian. They teamed up in “Aladdin” at Wimbledon in 1956, and became the Patton Brothers double act in 1954.

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The were the sons of Variety Artiste Gene Patton, who worked with Ernie Lotinga and Bobby Thompson for many years. Their younger Brothers, Paul and Barry Elliott became the Harmon Brothers and later, of course The Chuckle Brothers.

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Jimmy and Brian joined their brothers in the TV series “Chucklevision” (The original home of the “Chucklehound” characters Paul and Barry created) which ran from 1987 to 2009.

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Jimmy, like Brian performed in over 54 pantomimes and never missed one season. They played the London Palladium frequently, both in Pantomime and in Variety- “Sunday Night At The London Palladium”, and appeared in countless TV Variety shows- The Vera Lynn Show, The Harry Secombe Show, The Good Old Days to name but a few, and enjoyed a lengthy variety season with Ronnie Corbett at The London Palladium.

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Our sincere condolences and love to Amy, and to Brian, Barry and to their family- The Patton name is continued in Pantomime to this day- a truly legendary legacy that has lost one of its brightest members. A huge loss to Pantoland.

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Here is a list of the Patton Brothers Pantomimes, as well as some excerpts from YouTube.

First The YouTube extracts:

 

You may also enjoy hearing Jimmy’s tales of ShowBiz in Hayden Parker’s recent Panto Podcast

https://pantopodcast.podbean.com/e/ep-20-jimmy-patton/

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THE PATTON BROTHERS PANTOMIMES

The first Pantomimes Jimmy did solo, as Brian was touring with Bill West & His Harmony Boys. They Were :

1949 The Dudley Hippodrome. Aladdin, followed by 1950 Wimbledon Theatre Aladdin, and in 1951 The Swansea Empire in Robinson Crusoe. 

 

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My thanks to Damian Patton for reminding me that Jimmy and Brian appeared in two further pantomimes- in 2015 At The Bolton Macron Arena in Jack and The Beanstalk- as Dame and as Henchman.

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Their last Pantomime was the following year 2016-17 at The Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight in “Aladdin” as The Chinese Policemen.

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Thanks for those wonderful Pantomimes Jimmy- For that amazing partnership with Brian and we will continue to remember- No Slacking!