“Richard Kay is a panto expert. He understands the classic form and excels at keeping performers on their toes and the audience at the heart of the process. Always funny and always appropriate for family audiences.”                    

Kate Bramley, Artistic Director of Badapple Theatre Company

Richard has developed significant experience in writing, directing and performing in pantomimes. This began with four of Berwick Kaler’s pantomimes at York Theatre Royal, playing the role of the villain’s henchman. He then proceeded to play Buttons and then Dick Whittington in pantomimes at Nottingham Playhouse written and directed by Kenneth Alan Taylor.

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“York maze has worked with Richard for many years now, and he has written and produced a great range of scripts and shows for us. His writing is always top quality, appealing to the kids and adults through great use of humour, puns and topical jokes that work on different levels for all of the audience. Our annual “Phantomime” is always eagerly anticipated by our visitors, and never disappoints !”                                                          

Tom Pearcy, Owner of York Maze

As resident writer and director at York Maze Richard has written and produced no fewer than 11 half-hour pantomime scripts for the attraction. He has also written and directed three full pantomimes for Badapple Theatre and recently wrote an Easter show, with elements of pantomime, for the Visit York and Little Vikings Easter festival entitled The Hunt for the Magical Chocolatey Chick.

For examples of these scripts, along with further examples of his writing, please click on  Writing – examples of work

“Richard really worked his panto magic for the Easter show at the York Easter Festival. His script sparkled, with great jokes, catchy songs and a story that was just right for our family audience. The feedback was fantastic, with many families telling us that they were still singing the Chocolatey Chick song several weeks later! He’s a true pantomime professional and a pleasure to work with, too.”

Polly Bennett, Little Vikings


A short montage video of Richard performing one of his “Phantomime” scripts for York Maze can be viewed below. For further information about Richard’s writing, or to discuss your own requirements, please contact