Kenneth Alan Taylor

Kenneth Alan Taylor (born 1937) is a British pantomime writer and actor.[1] He is best known for having played the pantomime dame for thirty years in his own productions at Nottingham Playhouse.[2]


He started writing Pantos in 1962 in Oldham, and then moved to the Nottingham Playhouse to write there for more than 30 years. [2] He was artistic director of Nottingham Playhouse for seven years. According to Nick Clark of The Stage magazine, "He is one of the UK’s foremost pantomime writers, directors and, until recently, dames." [1][3][4]

He also played Cecil Newton in Coronation Street from 1987 to 1988 and again in 1990.

Awards and recognitionEdit

His awards include the Manchester Evening News best supporting actor for Price and a Nottingham University honorary doctor of letters in 2011.[1] In January 2019, Nottingham City Transport named one of their buses after him to mark his 35th Nottingham Playhouse Pantomime.[5][6]

Personal lifeEdit

He was born in 1937 in Canning Town, London.[1]

Taylor is married to Judith Barker. They have two children; award-winning make-up designer Jessica Taylor[7] and Award-winning lighting designer Jason Taylor.

He has five grandchildren.


  1. ^ a b c d Clark, Nick (Nov 17, 2017). "Panto legend Kenneth Alan Taylor". The Stage. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Pantomime dame retires after 30 years - full report". ITV News. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  3. ^ "Kenneth returns to the stage". BBC. March 2002. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  4. ^ Hickling, Alfred (18 Dec 2013). "Panto dames: still going strong at 70". the Guardian. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  5. ^ Dougall, Emily (2019-01-29). "NCT names route 35 bus after Kenneth Alan Taylor". CBW. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  6. ^ "NCT Names route 35 bus after Playhouse panto legend Kenneth Alan Taylor • West Bridgford Wire". West Bridgford Wire. 2019-01-19. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  7. ^ News, Manchester Evening (2007-10-17). "Dramatic route to marriage". men. Retrieved 2020-03-17.

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