To coincide with the last day of Kenneth Alan Taylor’s 35th Nottingham Playhouse Pantomime – Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood – Panto sponsor, Nottingham City Transport, has unveiled its latest named bus after Kenneth.
Unveiled outside Nottingham Playhouse today (19th January 2019), Kenneth joins twenty-six other people to have had buses named after them by the current City Operator of the Year.
This exclusive group includes local community heroes, a musician, Olympian, Paralympian, the founder of AC Milan as well as HMS Sherwood.
Commenting on the bus naming, Kenneth Alan Taylor said, “I am so thrilled by this honour. Other people may get OBE’s etc. but how many get a bus named after them. Many thanks to Nottingham City Transport.”
An Orange Line 35 bus – the same number of pantomimes Kenneth has written and directed at Nottingham Playhouse – now proudly displays “Kenneth Alan Taylor” on the front along with an internal panel citing his achievements. The 35 bus passes Nottingham Playhouse as well as University Park Campus, where Kenneth was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Nottingham in 2011.
Anthony Carver-Smith, NCT Marketing Manager added, “As proud Playhouse Panto sponsors, NCT couldn’t miss the opportunity to recognise the milestone of the 35th pantomime written and directed by Kenneth. The arts play such an important role in enabling people to express and enjoy themselves and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Nottingham Playhouse to maximise the opportunities for people in our city to enjoy great performances in the years to come”.
As well as writing and directing Playhouse Panto for the last 35 years, Kenneth was Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse for seven years. His theatre and television credits are vast, including The Cherry Orchard, The Father, Noises Off on stage and Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Cold Feet on screen. He received the MTA award for Best Supporting Actor in The Price (Octagon Theatre Bolton).
A full list of Nottingham City Transport named buses is online at www.nctx.co.uk/busnames and tickets for Kenneth’s 36th Playhouse Panto – Sleeping Beauty – are on sale now, with Easyrider cardholders able to enjoy a 10% discount off prices on selected shows.