My first visit to a theatre was to see the pianists Rawicz and Landauer at the Grand in Bridlington. This would be around 1949 and I remember being enthralled by the coloured spotlights. In 1951 I went to my first West End show, Blue for a Boy, starring Fred Emney in a baby's romper suit! Throughout the 1950s I saw many amateur shows because my sister and her husband were involved in them. Also, I would go with my parents to see the summer shows when on holiday at Great Yarmouth. These experiences and school trips to see D'Oyly Carte at York and The Boy Friend at Sheffield instilled in me a love of the theatre that exists to this day. Spending six years in London from 1963 gave me every opportunity to indulge in my passsion as did becoming involved in amateur productions. In recent years we go to the theatre, on average, about once a fortnight - it may be a play, a musical, ballet or a concert. I really feel 'at home' in most theatres and enjoy going to new ones around the country. I like to read about their history and their construction.

I do volunteer work in the box office at the Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn. 





I took this photograph in the foyer of the Lyric Theatre at the Lowry, Salford, the week it opened in April 2000.

Here are programmes for some of the shows that I saw in 2014.                       For later years see: www.kenford.me

Publicity shots for shows I've been in.