John D Collins “The Baron”
John joins the York Panto this year as The Baron, Cinderella’s Father.
John D. Collins won the Ivor Novello and Robert Donat Scholarships to RADA. After graduating he went on to run the Summer Theatre at Frinton-on-Sea for three years and then went, by moped, to work in the first season of The New Nottingham Playhouse.
In his early years he made a number of films, including some for Hammer Films, Dracula Has Risen from The Grave and The Ghoul, and also many plays for Granada Television. As a vicar in Coronation Street, he failed to marry Albert Tatlock.
For ten years he worked with Spike Milligan as his Assistant Director and as an actor, in Son of Oblomov and The Bed Sitting Room. He also appeared with Milligan in his ‘Q’ series on television.
He became a regular in two television series – Family at War and also with Robert Lindsay in Get Some In and for many years he played Fairfax, one of the two British airmen who failed to escape from occupied France, in the BBC comedy series ‘Allo ‘Allo. He also played Jerry for David Croft in You Rang, M’Lord?. Other TV work includes The Brittas Empire, Hi-de-Hi!, Oh, Dr Beeching! and Birds of a Feather, Trial and Retribution, Family Affairs, Peak Practice, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Harry’s Mad, Wycliffe and Mosley.
Other theatre credits includes the tour of When Did You Last See Your Trousers?, The Winslow Boy, Sleuth, That’s Showbiz, Richard III, King Lear, Merry Wives of Windsor and a year as Mr Paravicini in The Mousetrap.
John has appeared in a number of pantomimes as Abanazer and an ugly sister in Cinderella and his musicals include Oliver and Annie in New Zealand.
He has a great love of music and has narrated The Snowman, Carnival of the Animals, Peter and the Wolf and William Walton’s Façade and has also recorded a Shakespearean CD with the Gesualdo Consort. He has just played the voice of God in Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten.