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John Canmore

John Canmore - Scottish actor, Burns supper speaker, Master of Ceremonies and voiceover artist.

Reviews and Credits

John Canmore is represented by KMC Agencies.
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Theatre Credits

Will Grimm and Mr Primrose in Rapunzel with Pretending People Theatre, directed by Matt Salisbury.

Sir Toby Belch (Stand in for 5 performances) in Twelfth Night with English Repetory Theatre, directed by Gavin Davis.

Mr Scheinkopf in Fame the Musical with Bill Kenwright Limited, directed by Gary Lloyd.

Baron Hardup in Cinderella with Pendle Productions, directed by Tim Lince.

Man in Storm & Arresting Officer in King Lear with Theatre Royal Bath, directed by Lucy Bailey.

The Grandfather & The Realist in The Intruder & The Blind with Tarquin Productions, directed by Benji Sperring.

Harry Bailey in The Canterbury Tales with Tacit Theatre Company, directed by Anthony Sebastian.

Harry Bailey in The Canterbury Tales with Tacit Theatre Company, directed by Juliane von Sivers.

Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing with The Principal Theatre Company, directed by Paul Gladwin.

Sergeant Rice in the Premiere of James Fritz’s Lines, with Littlewit, directed by Thomas Martin.

The Father in Snake in the Grass with The Print Room, directed by Lucy Bailey.

Renchtext in The Mandrake with Foul Papers Theatre Company, directed by Luke Beattie.

Benjamin Franklin in Julian Wagstaff’s musical, John Paul Jones, produced in association with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Film & Voice

John has undertaken voice work for The National Museum of Scotland and Listening Books, a charity that produces plays and stories for people who find it difficult or impossible to read.

John appeared (briefly!) in Captain America and more prominently in Halcyon Nights’ award winning video of DnB duo Camo & Krooked’s single, Breezeblock.


For Twelfth Night

Veteran Shakespearean actor John Canmore was available to fill the breach. There was an announcement that because of the very short notice he would perform script in hand but that didn’t bother the audience a jot as he is marvellous as the high-spirited and cunning Sir Toby.
- Angie Johnson -
The Oxford Times

For The Intruder & The Blind

In an eight-strong cast, John Canmore as the tetchy grandfather and [...] stand out.
- Michael Billington - The Guardian

John Canmore is convincing as the obstinate but pitiful Grandfather, giving a sensitive portrayal of resigned dependency...
- Alicia Luba - That's Theatre Darling

With each inquiry the tension builds which was mostly propelled by John Canmore’s tenacious performance.
- Melissa-Palleschi - Hackney Hive

Canmore's Grandfather is in turns frustrating and sympathetic...
- views from the gods

For The Canterbury Tales:

With a wink, Canmore — who throughout makes a genial master of ceremonies — switches to the jaunty, modern-language verse...
- Sam Marlowe - The Times

In a nice touch, the landlord of the inn, Harry Bailey (John Canmore), introduces each story in the original Middle English.
- Sarah Hemming - The Financial Times

John Canmore plays landlord and compere Harry Bailey, a warm, friendly presence...
- Natasha Tripney - The Stage

[John Canmore] throughout reminds his audience of the tales' historic origins in a bravura feat of memory, speaking Chaucerian English as if it was contemporary.
- Philip Fisher - British Theatre Guide

John Canmore, as the landlord, effortlessly introduces each story in Middle English superbly as if it were his first language.
- Joan Phillips - Public Reviews

John Canmore as publican Harry Bailey is our host and keeps everything bubbling along with a winning charm and indulgence in the carnivalesque...
- Gary Naylor - Broadway

[John Canmore] soon switched to ‘modern’ English (apart from to introduce each tale – which became extremely hypnotic and fitting)...
- EastEndLass -

Harry Bailey, [...] performed confidently by John Canmore, introduced the evening in fine style. His impressive use of Chaucer’s original language to introduce the production and each story was very effective in creating an atmosphere...
- Elizabeth Vile - The Public Reviews

John Canmore makes a great host/landlord as Harry Bailey, a point of calm stability in the madness that characterises much of the interaction around him.
- Ian Foster - There Ought to be Clowns

John Canmore held the whole thing together as Harry Bailey, the innkeeper. He enchantingly introduced all the tales in the original Chaucer text which added flavour
- Tyro Theatre Critic - Tyro Thetare Critic

For Lines:

The Sergeant (Impressive John Canmore) who saw himself being portrayed as vertically challenged with a posh accent and long wavy hair - “He wasn’t even Scottish!”
– Carolin Kopplin - UKTheatre.Net

John Canmore gets under the skin of a career police sergeant, proud of his boys in the Met and wondering what he might have done wrong.
- Howard Loxton - British Theatre Guide

The most interesting [...character...] is John Canmore’s Sergeant.
- James Huntrods - London Festival Fringe

For Much Ado About Nothing:

All the principal parts were well acted but of particular note was the comic timing of Leonato played by John Canmore...
- Tracy Rees –

Leonato (John Canmore) [...was...] portrayed with confidence and authority.
- Abigail Webber -

For Breezeblock from Comments left by those who’d watched the video:

Those for:

"I have to shower this show master is so dirty"
"This video is f**king brilliant!!!!"
"best dnb video theres ever been"
"the presenter guy has the best sex faces ever"
"OMG best clip in a while, made my day, haven't laught so hard in weeks :)) thank you!!"
"dont dis the guy hemakes the vid better"
"1:14 best face evar"
"i wish the host would be my father"
"well if they didn't get the video right with the pointing system, they certainly did with the presenter. can imagine him to actually be a games show host with his many faces in the background"
"The future of gameshows - I want the presenters haircut!"
"more awesome than a shark high-fiving a bear during an explosion in space"

And those against:

"Let's be honest, this is pretty sh*te. Sh*te video with some old twat completely ruining it. And it's not they're [sic] best song."