Ilford Kenneth More Theatre

The Kenneth More Theatre was formally opened on January 3rd 1975. Since the front doors opened, the KMT has actually prided itself on serving the regional community by offering a wide array of professional and amateur productions. Its program is diverse, and throughout most of the year, each week sees a various production being organized.

Kenneth Gilbert More CBE (20 September 1914– 12 July 1982) was an English film and phase actor, who had a high profile during the 1950s when he got a number of international awards and was among the most popular movie stars in the nation.

Raised to fame by the classic car based film-comedy Genevieve, he appeared in numerous roles as a laid back, happy-go-lucky gent. His greatest favorites from this period consist of Raising a Riot (1955), Reach for the Sky and The Admirable Crichton (1958).

His career decreased in the early 1960s. He likewise appreciated a revival in the much-acclaimed TV adjustment of The Forsyte Saga (1967) and the Father Brown series.


It is particularly renowned within the neighborhood area for its annual pantomime, a festive treat for families which normally runs from mid-December to mid-January.

The drape was raised on the playhouse’s first ever before, Dick Whittington, in 1975, and so show business’s wonderful practice was born. Every year because crowds have gathered to Oakfield Road– its modest auditorium packed with heroes and bad guys of all ages.

Until this year the man behind each was theater manager Vivyan Ellacott.

Kenneth More Theatre

Kenneth More Theatre Ilford

Mr Ellacott has actually likewise been helped with the writing by his brother, Nigel, lately called the Queen Mother of pantomime dames.

The Christmas manufacturing at the KMT has had its reasonable share of legends. Till this year, former assistant supervisor Robert Quarry had appeared in each panto. Forthcoming events are featured in the local press including the Ilford Recorder.

“Rob is the only artist in the nation to have appeared in panto in the same movie theater for 35 years,” stated Mr Ellacott.

A couple of national treasures have likewise trodden the KMT boards at Christmas-time, including Olivier award-winning Desmond Barritt, who played the dame twice, and renowned producer David Ian, who starred in Puss in Boots.

An additional essential tradition was started in 1995 by Redbridge Mayor and KMT board chairman Cllr Ronnie Barden, who wished to make a mark on that year’s production of Dick Whittington.

He informed the Recorder at the time: “The Kenneth More is one of the jewels in the borough and I felt it would be optimal to put Redbridge on the map during my mayoralty.

“With the panto itself concentrating on mayors it appeared an outstanding concept to invite mayors from around London to come to Redbridge.”.

NNobody is safe during the panto from the heartbroken dame desperately browsing the audience for her next boyfriend– or sufferer.


Transport to the Kenneth More Theatre Ilford/p>

There are excellent bus and rail services and road access to Romford, Central London, East London, Redbridge, Woodford and Loughton.