First Family Entertainment is the premiere pantomime production company in the UK. The company was formed in 2005 by Kevin Wood and is wholly owned by Ambassador Theatre Group. In the 2015-16 Season FFE will produce pantomimes in ten ATG venues: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre; Bristol Hippodrome; Kings Theatre Glasgow; Liverpool Empire; Manchester Opera House; Milton Keynes Theatre; Richmond Theatre; Regent Theatre, Stoke-On-Trent; New Wimbledon Theatre and the New Victoria Theatre, Woking.
First Family Entertainment prides itself on high production values, stunning sets and costumes and ground-breaking casting whilst keeping the important traditional elements of pantomime alive. Many high profile artists from the field of entertainment have made their pantomime debut for FFE: Jo Brand; Richard Wilson; Twiggy and Simon Callow to name but a few. FFE were also the first pantomime producers to entice American artists to appear in this very British genre, including Henry Winkler, Patrick Duffy, the late Mickey Rooney, Pamela Anderson, David Hasselhoff, Paul Michael Glaser, Steve Guttenberg and Priscilla Presley. Ground breaking casting and spectacular shows have secured high media attention, tremendous critical acclaim and box office records.
First Family Entertainment’s head office is in Covent Garden, London with extensive scenic and wardrobe workshop and stores and in Nottingham. FFE is still headed up by Kevin Wood (Chief Executive and Producer) who has a long and successful career of over 30 years. Laura Taylor (Associate Producer) and Ben Arkell (Production Manager) have both been with the company since it was founded in 2005. A new addition to the senior team is George Wood (Associate Producer) and the son of Kevin. The FFE team work all year round creating these large scale productions. Each year every element of the shows including casting, scripts, costumes, sets, props, songs and jokes are reviewed to ensure the productions remain fresh, innovative and full of pantomime magic to keep the families of Britain enchanted by this wonderful, unique form of theatre.