Remembering

Jimmy Patton
1931-2019

James Elliott, probably better known as Jimmy Patton, was one half of the much loved and well respected pantomime duo The Patton Brothers.

The Patton Brothers were a double act that comprised of real life brothers Jimmy and Bryan. The brothers came from celebrated theatrical stock and achieved huge respect within the pantomime industry. Other family members who made names for themselves in the theatre industry included their father Gene and their younger brothers Paul and Barry who were better  known as The Chuckle Brothers. Their nephew Damian Patton continues to keep the family name alive and well in pantomimes nowadays.

 

Brian first teamed up with his brother Jimmy for the 1956 panto season having previously appeared as a solo panto performer from 1949-1951. Their first joint appearance was in Aladdin at the Wimbledon Theatre where they were The Chinese Policemen (roles that seem to have vanished from more recent versions of this panto) a role they were to play many more times.

Brian & Jimmy Patton's joint pantomime appearances:
1956 Aladdin – Wimbledon Theatre
1957 Goldilocks and the Three Bears – Glasgow Pavilion
1958 Cinderella – Leicester Palace
1959 Cinderella – New Theatre, Cardiff
1960 Babes in the Wood – Theatre Royal, Exeter

1961 Aladdin – Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
1962 Aladdin – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
1963 Aladdin – Princess Theatre, Torquay
1964 Babes in the Wood – Wolverhampton Grand

1965 Robinson Crusoe – Grand Theatre, Leeds

1966 Cinderella – Sheffield Lyceum

1967 Jack and the Beanstalk – Grand Theatre, Leeds

1968 Cinderella – City Varieties, Leeds

1969 Cinderella – Bournmouth Pavilion

1970 Cinderella – Birmingham Alexandra

1971 Cinderella – London Palladium
1972 Cinderella – Bristol Hippodrome
1973 Cinderella – Manchester Palace
1974 Babes in the Wood – Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
1975 Robin Hood – Theatre Royal Nottingham

1976 Robin Hood – Bournemouth Pavilion
1977 Jack and the Beanstalk – Theatre Royal Norwich
1978 Babes in the Wood – Adam Smith Centre, Kirkclady
1979 Mother Goose – New Theatre, Oxforf

1980 Mother Goose – Davenport Theatre, Stockport
1981 Mother Goose – Victoria Palace, London
1982 Mother Goose – Liverpool Empire
1983 Dick Whittington – Theatre Royal Norwich
1984 Dick Whittington – Gaiety Theatre, Dublin
1985 Aladdin – Theatre Royal Nottingham
1986 Sleeping Beauty – Gaiety Theatre, Dublin
1987 Sinbad the Sailor – Theatre Royal Nottingham
1988 Robinson Crusoe – Theatre Royal Norwich
1989 Cinderella – Theatre Royal, Newcastle
1990 Dick Whittington – Gaiety Theatre, Dublin
1991 Jack and the Beanstalk – Churchill Theatre, Bromley
1992 Dick Whittington – King’s Theatre Edinburgh
1993 Cinderella – Churchill Theatre, Bromley
1994 Cinderella – New Theatre, Cardiff
1995 Aladdin – Churchill Theatre, Bromley
1996 Mother Goose – Churchill Theatre, Bromley
1997 Goldilocks and the Three Bears – Billingham Forum
1998 Goldilocks and the Three Bears – Southport Theatre
1999 Dick Whittington – Charter Theatre Preston
2000 Dick Whittington – Billingham Forum

2001 Aladdin – Darlington Civic
2002 Aladdin – Regent Theatre, Stoke
2003 Cinderella – Alban Arena, St Albans
2004 Cinderella – North Wales Theatre, Llandudno
2005 Jack and the Beanstalk – North Wales Theatre, Llandudno
2006 Aladdin – Sands Centre, Carlise
2007 Little Red Riding Hood – Bolton Albert Halls
2008 Goldilocks and the Three Bears – Billingham Forum
2009 A Christmas Chuckle – UK Tour with the Chuckle Brothers

2010 The 12 Days of Christmas - UK Tour with the Chuckle Brothers
2011 Goldilocks and the Three Bears – Bolton Albert Halls

2015 Jack and the Beanstalk - Bolton Macron Stadium
2016 Aladdin – Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight Village

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THE PANTO PODCAST:

EPISODE 20 - JIMMY PATTON

Jimmy Patton (The Patton Brothers) Inter
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