In 2019 Simon will be returning to Redhill as Dame in Jack and the Beanstalk for his 7th consecutive year.
Previously playing ‘Redhill’s Dame’ in Peter Pan (and who can forget that Flying Mermaid!) Cinderella, Aladdin,
Beauty and the Beast and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a role he was happy to play in Redhill for a second time in
2018/19 and also played at the Broadway Theatre, Catford for PHA. Making his pantomime debut at Richmond Theatre
in 1984 with the stars of the Carry On films, Simon celebrates over 35 consecutive years in panto! He provides his own
costumes and features in the book, It’s Behind You! by Peter Lathan.
Simon had the pleasure of working with the legendary Danny La Rue on several occasions at venues including
Birmingham Hippodrome and understudied Danny in his last ever pantomime appearance as Fairy Godmother in
Cinderella at the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon.
Simon’s diverse career started as a juvenile actor in Musicals, playing: Tom in Camelot, Young Denry in The Card and
later singing at the Royal Albert Hall aged 11, before training at London Studio Centre aged 16.
He made his West End debut in Jim Davidson’s Sinderella at the Cambridge Theatre, before transferring to Blackpool
Theatre/Tours: Oh Camille! (West End), Me and My Girl, Crazy For You, Salad Days, Little Shop of Horrors (UK
Tour), The Wizard of Oz (Westminster Theatre and UK Tour), Hello Jerry! – a tribute to Jerry Herman (Lichfield
Garrick), Annie starring Su Pollard (UK and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Seaside Special and Let’s Go Panto! staged by
Alan Harding (Qdos Entertainment)
Regional: My Fair Lady, Annie (both with Bernie Nolan), A Bedfull of Foreigners, The Boyfriend, Oklahoma!, Seven
Brides for Seven Brothers, also Les Follies de Paris at Swanson’s, Jersey. Simon Directed/Choreographed The King and I
at Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre.
A founder member of the West End Singers, Simon regularly appears as a Soloist in their acclaimed Those Marvellous
Musicals in London and on UK National Tour.
Film/TV: Just Like a Woman with Julie Walters (Zenith), Sophia and Constance, Silent Witness (BBC), The Big and
Bigger Breakfast (Channel 4) and CITV with Stephen Mulhern.
An established Concert, Cabaret and Jazz Performer, Simon regularly performs with artists
such as: Derek Nash, Dave Silk, Jumoke Fashola.
Simon released his first Solo CD - CONNECTIONS in 2015. Followed by his second - TOMORROW in 2017 and his
new CD - BELIEVE IN CHRISTMAS is now available in Simon's Store.
Visit Simon’s website www.simonbashford.com also follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram