London Palladium Dick Whittington Scoops Panto Awards

Chris Nelson Panto Awards
Chris Nelson Panto Awards

The London Palladium Pantomime Dick Whittington was the big winner at last nights Great British Pantomime Awards.


The show won Best Panto at the event at the New Wimbledon Theatre – as well as the Encore Radio Award for best male performance in a musical.

That went to Half A Sixpence star Charlie Stemp, currently performing in Hello Dolly on Broadway.

Other winners included Chris Nelson who won best director for Snow White – which was staged at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury.

The event was hosted by last year’s Lifetime Achievement winner Christopher Biggins, who has appeared in over 40 pantomimes.

He said recognising the cultural importance of panto is what the awards are all about.

Speaking back when the nomination were announced, co-founder Sam Munday-Webb,said: ‘‘We knew that it was never going to be an easy job to see and judge such a vast array of productions in such a short amount of time.

“Since we launched in 2016 we have been very lucky to have the industry behind us supporting the awards.

“They are being seen as something incredibly positive and filling a gap in our industry.

“We want pantomime makers to aspire to innovate as well as celebrate the wonderful traditions we have seen up and down the country”.

In total, there were 26 nominations for awards including Best Comic, Best Male and Female Baddie, Best Ensemble as well as awards for Lighting, Design and Direction.

The winners are:

Best Ensemble

• Hexagon Reading – Peter Pan

Best Song Sheet

• Matt Slack – Cinderella – Birmingham Hippodrome

Best Lighting – Sponsored by Production Light and Sound

• Ben Cracknell – Cinderella – Birmingham Hippodrome

Best Costume Design – Sponsored by Maxine’s Feathers

• Paul Shriek – Customs House South Shields

Best Double Act

• The Chuckle Brothers – Snow White- Mayflower Southampton

Best Director

• Chris Nelson – Snow White – Waterside Aylesbury

Musical Supervision

• Robert Hyman & Trish Cooke – Stratford East

Best Choreography

• Twist & Pulse – Jack & The Beanstalk – Gordon Craig Theatre Stevenage


Best Speciality Act

• The Timbuktu Tumblers – Peter Pan – Newcastle Theatre Royal

Best Staging & Set

• Morgan Brind – Beauty & the Beast – Derby Arena

Best Script

• Alan McHugh & David McGillivray – Dick Whittington – London Palladium

Special Effects

• Flying Bus – Twins FX – Dick Whittington – London Palladium

Best Newcomer

• Al Murray – Jack & the Beanstalk- New Wimbledon Theatre


Best Ugly Sisters – Sponsored by Molly Limpets

• Ben Stock & Neal Wright – Theatre MK


Best Fairy

• Elaine C Smith – Sleeping Beauty – Glasgow Kings Theatre


Best Supporting Male

• Richard David Caine – The Pavilion Worthing


Best Dame – Sponsored by Limelight Scripts

• Ben Roddy – Peter Pan – Marlowe Theatre Canterbury

Female Baddie

• Elaine Paige – Dick Whittington -London Palladium


Male Baddie – Sponsored by CME

• Lawrence Boothman – Robin Hood- Loughborough Town Hall


Leading Male – Sponsored by Encore Radio

• Charlie Stemp – Dick Whittington- London Palladium

Leading Female

• Faith Omole – Lyric Hammersmith


Best Comic – Sponsored by Freedom Flying

• Danny Adams – Peter Pan- Theatre Royal Newcastle


Best Pantomime under 750 Seats – Sponsored by Gallone’s Ice Cream

• Jack & The Beanstalk – Salisbury Playhouse


Best Pantomime 750 – 1500 Seats – Sponsored by Gallone’s Ice Cream

• Mother Goose – Sheffield Lyceum

Pantomime of the Year 1500+ – Sponsored by Gallone’s Ice Cream

• Dick Whittington – London Palladium


Lifetime Achievement

Nick Thomas

Roy Hudd


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