Funny on a whole new scale...

            Andy Ford

Ever since we first saw him perform in panto at the Bristol Hippodrome we have been huge fans of Andy Ford, he is a fantastic addition to any pantomime cast with appeal to adults and children alike. Complete with his unique west-country charm he gives 100% at every performance and we cannot rant about him enough and for that Andy we say....ta!

“ the performance should be extravagant and flamboyant. For many children, pantomime will be the first time they’ve come to the theatre, so we have to make it memorable!”.”

                                                                                  -Andy Ford

In an interview back in 2015 Andy gave his thoughts on pantomime - “The most important aspect of a pantomime is that it has to be entertaining! Not only entertaining for a certain demographic, entertaining for a very, very wide range of people. The whole family must be able to enjoy the same piece of entertainment. Secondly, the performance should be extravagant and flamboyant. For many children, pantomime will be the first time they’ve come to the theatre, so we have to make it memorable. The most rewarding part of doing pantomime is seeing a whole family together, enjoying themselves. There aren’t many situations where the whole family can be in one place, and enjoy the same thing.”

After working with an array of showbiz legends in his many years of pantomime, Andy states that his favourite pantomime co-stars include Warwick Davies, Henry Winkler, Bernie Nolan, Claire Sweeney and Letitia Dean. However, his favourite has been EastEnders legend Barbara Windsor, who he starred with in Dick Whittington in 2010 at the Bristol Hippodrome.

Andy is no stranger to TV and he first burst onto our screens in the 1990s with an appearance on Jonathan Ross' Big Big Talent Show before heading over to be a guest on the sofa with chat show legend Des O'Connor and appearing on Phillip Schoefield's Talking Telephone Numbers. Andy has performed at the Royal Variety performance in the presence of The Queen

 

Pantomime History

1997 - Peter Pan - Bournemouth Pavilion & Bristol Hippodrome

1998 - The Wizard of Oz - Reading Hexagon with Michaela Stachan

1999 - Cinderella - Sheffield Lyceum with Jansen Spencer

2000 - 

2001 -  Snow White - The Dartford Orchard with Letitia Dean

2002 -  Peter Pan - Derngate Theatre Northampton with John Altman

2003 -  Aladdin - The Ashcroft Theatre Croydon with Dean Gaffney

2004 -  Cinderella - Doncaster Civic with Maureen Nolan

2005 -  Snow White - Theatre Royal Nottingham with Claire Sweeney

2006 -  Snow White - Ashcroft Theatre Croydon with Bernie Nolan

2007 -  Peter Pan - Churchill Theatre Bromley with Paul Michael Glaser

2008 -  Peter Pan - Milton Keynes Theatre with Henry Winkler

2009 -  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Bristol Hippodrome with Joe Swash

2010 -  Dick Whittington - Bristol Hippodrome with Barbara Windsor

2011 -  Peter Pan - Bristol Hippodrome with David Hasslehoff

2012 -  Aladdin - Bristol Hippodrome with Josie Gibson and Carol McGiffin

2013 -  Cinderella - Bristol Hippodrome with Louie Spence

2014 -  Dick Whittington - Bristol Hippodrome with Eric Potts

2015 -  Snow White - Bristol Hippodrome with Warwick Davies

2016 -  Snow White - New Victoria Theatre Woking with Warwick Davies

2017 -  Peter Pan - Theatre Royal Plymouth with Steve McFadden

2018 - Dick Whittington - Theatre Royal Plymouth with Samantha Womack & John Partridge

2019 - Peter Pan - Orchard Theatre Dartford with Steve McFadden

Video: 2010 clip from Dick Whittington at the Bristol Hippodrome