2018 marks Simon’s 35th Year in Panto. He was delighted to return to the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill last Christmas as
Dame Able Mabel (and who can forget that Flying Mermaid!) in Peter Pan, previously playing ‘Redhill’s Dame’ in
Cinderella, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a role he is happy to play in Redhill
for a second time this year 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 30 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. His second solo studio CD - Tomorrow is now available.
Visit Simon’s website www.simonbashford.com also follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram