Founded in 2004 That’s Entertainment Productions specialises in high quality live shows for all the family. TEP has produced numerous national tours, long running summer seasons from Blackpool to Bournemouth, cruise lines and its popular fast moving pantomimes.
TEP specialises in a hands-on personal management approach to all its productions and exists to present shows to a wide audience using the gifts of music, drama and laughter. We are pleased to be providing Leatherhead, Haverhill, and the Isle of Wight with our sparkling pantomime productions each year.
Chris Gidney - Senior Producer has spent a lifetime in the profession as entertainer, producer and author, working with numerous artistes from the legendary Frank Sinatra to Sir Cliff Richard. Chris comes from a show business family and at age nine formed a comedy magic double-act with his father. Joining London’s West-End in 1980 he enjoyed twelve consecutive London productions before moving to BBC Television, working on such classic programmes as `Blue Peter` and `That’s Life`. Chris has authored 28 best-selling books with classic entertainers, and has written for the BBC and a number of newspapers and periodicals. As a freelance Director and Producer, Chris is responsible for a number of stage, television and radio productions, and enjoys producing and presenting many specialist themed cruises over the past few years which have taken him around the world. Chris formed the showbiz charity CIE in 1982 which provides backstage support for professionals. Chris`s passion has always been Pantomime where he loves seeing the whole family come together in laughter and fun every year. Chris has produced and Directed over 30 pantomimes and is looking forward to many more to come.
Katherine Mansi - Executive Producer trained at the Bush Davies School and Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts. She has appeared in many musicals, pantomimes, summer seasons and variety tours. Kath has enjoyed working extensively with That’s Entertainment Productions over the last 10 years, appearing in and choreographing numerous productions. Katherine is a qualified teacher of Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Tap and has her own Theatre Dance School based in Lamberhurst, Kent. Katherine has become an Executive Producer with That’s Entertainment Productions and enjoys combining teaching, choreography and performing alongside the challenge of working on and off stage.
Luke Gidney - Executive Producer is the creator and director of the Let-Leeds company, dealing with a whole host of suppliers and service contracts and focuses on Marketing, Finance and Strategy. Luke advises TEP on all aspects of its business acumen.
John Thompson - Co-Producer is an artistic director and choreographer of flair and imagination and his work is much in demand across a variety of dance genres. John draws from his personal experiences and successes as a dancer for over 12 years as well as creative influences as diverse as Hollywood dance legend Gene Kelly, choreographer turned ‘Cabaret’ director Bob Fosse, and Carlos Acosta, the Cuban whirlwind of the Royal Ballet, to create his distinctive style.
John is a highly creative leader and project manager, with a role that oversees the logistical running of each live event and production ensuring a practical hands-on approach when delivering events and productions for a variety of clients including; The Houses of Parliament, Saks Hair and Beauty, Broxbourne Borough Council, L’Oreal Professional, LaBiosthetique, Goldwell|KMS and Tallink Silja Line, Norwich City Council.
As a choreographer John has brought his particular vision to various projects including TV programmes, fashion and trade shows, theatre productions and pop promos. Recent clients include the BBC children’s channel CBBC, L’Oréal Professionnel, Channel 4’s ‘A Place in the Sun Live’, Hasbro/MB Games, Sony Records and several plays and pantomimes at Theatre Royal Brighton, Watford Palace Theatre and the Everyman Theatre. He has worked closely with several high profile directors including Lawrence Till (C4’s Shameless) and Phil Clark, highlighting John’s diverse ability in dance which embraces, classical, contemporary and sub-cultural elements.
His CV as a dancer is impressive and diverse. Originally from a freestyle hip-hop and break-dance background, one of his most influential and significant experiences was the year and a half he spent in Spain with the Majorca-based Ballet Moderno. The company staged both classical ballet and contemporary dance numbers including flamenco, in spectacular fashion. John not only gained technical ability across a number of disciplines and international dance culture perspectives, but also is fluent in conversational Spanish. In the UK he has performed in numerous theatres and appeared on Top of the Pops, CDUK, The Royal Variety Performance, and has several seasons at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden under his belt.
Samara - Co-Producer trained as a singer and dancer and spent over 20 years performing in musicals and on cruise ships. As a choreographer and director her credits include numerous summer shows and pantomimes. Samara is an experienced producer of live events, devising creative concepts and entertainment experiences for corporate, fashion and media clients. Recent projects include; Event manager for The Creative Expo, producer for Hertfordshire’s Got Talent, Project Manager for Arts in Parliament and show producer for several School Games opening ceremony events across the UK. Over the past 5 years she has co-produced production shows for cruise ships, with her key focus being on production management alongside marketing and promotion. As a previous performer for TEP’s summer shows and pantomimes she is now delighted to join TEP as a Co-Producer with special emphasis on Social Media, Marketing and Direction.
Together TEP has produced numerous successful touring productions including Liberace – Live From Las Vegas, Palladium Memories, Variety Magic, Those Variety Days, The Amazing World of Professor Nutty, DANA 40th Anniversary Tour, High Jinx Magic & Circus Show, Theo The Mouse, It`s Magic!, Dick Whittington, Snow White & Aladdin, as well as long and returning resident summer seasons in Blackpool, Bournemouth, Eastbourne, Southsea, Dundee, Hunstanton and Teignmouth. We are proud of our excellent working relationships with venue managers and personnel across the UK at every level of the business confirming our professionalism, quality, delivery and the integrity of our company.
TEP offers combined production skills to offer a fresh approach to all our productions with effective management from Direction and Musicianship to financial controls and marketing.
We look forward to the possibility of working with you.