Christopher Wood has been involved in the Entertainment Industry for the last 35 years. His creative and technical skills have been much in demand in every strain of the industry, Opera, Ballet, Music, Drama and Light Entertainment, both on the Stage and in Television.
His love of the entertainment world saw him quickly work with several of his comedy heroes that include the legendary Morecambe and Wise, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett, Tommy Cooper and Norman Wisdom.
His experience in the theatrical genre of “Panto” is second to none. To date Christopher has been intrinsically involved in the production of “Panto”, be it as a Creative Designer, Technical Director, Production Manager or for this production as the Scriptwriter in over 400 Pantomime productions. This achievement and record will be hard to be surpassed by others in the industry. His enormous experience and craft in this field has led to him being head hunted and sought after by many in the industry.
As well as Europe, Christopher’s artistic and creative abilities are in demand all over the various continents of the world, in particular the USA, Asia and Africa. He was part of the production team that opened the Hong Kong Academy of the Arts with “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”.
As part of the world renowned Glyndebourne Opera Company, his highlights Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, Porgy and Bess, Don Giovanni and Midsummer’s Night Dream working along such artists as Lucianno Pavarotti, Willard White, Maria Ewing and Lesley Garrett. He also worked with the D’Oyle Carte Opera on the productions of “The Pirates of Penzance” and “The Mikado”.Christopher’s West End Credits are many and include such productions as Evita, Cats, The Sound Of Music, Buddy, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar. The venues for these legendary shows include the Prince Edward Theatre, The Savoy Theatre, The Victoria Palace Theatre, the Haymarket Theatre and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
He was particularly privileged to be involved in the Nelson Mandella Concert at Wembley Stadium in 1988 and has enjoyed working alongside such artistes as Elton John, Rod Stewart, Sir Paul McCartney, the Bee Gees, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Phil Collins and Oscar Peterson.
Christopher has also had the honour of being personally involved as Stage Director for several Royal Galas presided over by most of the Royal Family including Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the II.
He also has the honour of being a current Executive producer on the Royal Masonic Variety Galas which take place in selected West End Theatre venues on an annual basis.2