The Great British Pantomime Awards took place at the Theatre Café London. In a glitzy ceremony presented by Christopher Biggins the awards been establish to celebrate the best of British pantomime. There is exceptional support from producers and a clear message was repeated throughout the evening that an industry which has previously gone under the radar is now getting its moment. Qdos, Evolution, Jordan Productions, UK Productions and PHA all had productions or performers who picked up awards. Independent producer Simon Fielding also collected with two awards for best Choreography and ‘Beechdean Award for the Best Pantomime (capacity under 750). The other Best Pantomime awards went to Dick Whittington, Evolution, Canterbury (750-1500 Capacity) and Dick Whittington, Qdos at the Birmingham Hippodrome (1500+) Capacity. Gary Hind who won the Musical Supervision award for Cinderella at the Palladium thanked the Great British Pantomime for acknowledging music and pantomime, which is too often overlooked. Olivier award winner Sharon D Clake who won ‘Best Female Baddie’ for her performance at the Hackney empire was thrilled to have picked up the first ever award in her category.
The evening was finished with a ‘Lifetime Achievement’ presentation to Biggins for his work in the pantomime sector. The evening was streamed live on Facebook and can still be seen @GBPantoAwards. The Great British Pantomime would like to acknowledge the support of Production, Light and sound, Rare Design, Beechdean Farmhouse Dairy Ice Cream, CME Personnel Consultancy and Limelight Scripts and the organisers are already on the lookout for a theatre for next years ceremony.