London Palladium’s Dick Whittington dominates at 2018 Great British Pantomime Awards
Elaine Paige, Charlie Stemp and Al Murray have been announced as winners at the Great British Pantomime Awards.
Paige and Stemp, who both appeared in Dick Whittington at the London Palladium, took home the best female baddie and leading male prizes at the second annual awards.
Their awards were among five for Qdos’ West End pantomime, which took home the most prizes of any production. Producer Qdos won 13 awards overall.
Al Murray won best newcomer for his performance in Jack and the Beanstalk at the New Wimbledon Theatre.
Other individual winners including Elaine C Smith, Lawrence Boothman, Faith Omole and Ben Roddy, while best ensemble was won by Peter Pan at the Reading Hexagon.
Design prizes went to Ben Cracknell, Paul Shriek, Twins FX and Morgan Brind.
Overall prizes went to Salisbury Playhouse’s Jack and the Beanstalk, in the under 750 seats category, Mother Goose at Sheffield Lyceum, in the 750 to 1,000 seats category and the Palladium’s Dick Whittington, which won in the category for 1,500 seats and above.
Qdos’ Nick Thomas and comedian Roy Hudd were given lifetime achievement awards.
The ceremony was held at the New Wimbledon Theatre and hosted by Christopher Biggins.
Co-founder and producer Sam Munday-Webb said: “Pantomime has never been in a better place, and we are here to embrace that and improve its position and its acknowledgement further.”
Great British Pantomime Awards: winners in full
Hexagon Reading, Peter Pan
Best song sheet
Matt Slack, Cinderella, Birmingham Hippodrome
Ben Cracknell, Cinderella, Birmingham Hippodrome
Best costume design
Paul Shriek, The Lambton Worm, Customs House South Shields
Best double act
The Chuckle Brothers, Snow White, Mayflower Southampton
Chris Nelson, Snow White, Waterside Aylesbury
Robert Hyman and Trish Cooke, Rapunzel, Theatre Royal Stratford East
Twist and Pulse, Jack and the Beanstalk, Gordon Craig Theatre Stevenage
Best speciality act
The Timbuktu Tumblers, Peter Pan, Newcastle Theatre Royal
Best staging and set
Morgan Brind, Beauty and the Beast, Derby Arena
Alan McHugh and David McGillivray, Dick Whittington, London Palladium
Flying Bus – Twins FX, Dick Whittington, London Palladium
Al Murray, Jack and the Beanstalk, New Wimbledon Theatre
Best ugly sisters
Ben Stock and Neal Wright, Cinderella, Milton Keynes Theatre
Elaine C Smith, Sleeping Beauty, Glasgow Kings Theatre
Best supporting male
Richard David Caine, Snow White, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing
Ben Roddy, Peter Pan, Marlowe Theatre Canterbury
Elaine Paige, Dick Whittington, London Palladium
Lawrence Boothman, Robin Hood, Loughborough Town Hall
Charlie Stemp, Dick Whittington, London Palladium
Faith Omole, Jack and the Beanstalk, Lyric Hammersmith
Danny Adams, Peter Pan, Theatre Royal Newcastle
Best pantomime under 750 seats
Jack and The Beanstalk, Salisbury Playhouse
Best pantomime 750 – 1500 seats
Mother Goose, Sheffield Lyceum
Pantomime of the year 1500+
Dick Whittington, London Palladium