Salisbury Playhouse named among the UK's best

Salisbury Playhouse Jack and the Beanstalk 2017 (Salisbury Playhouse)

5:35am 13th February 2018

It attracted more than 23,000 people over the festive period - and now it seems Salisbury Playhouse's last pantomime was up there with the best the country has to offer.

Nominations for The Great British Pantomime Awards have been announced, with our local production getting five nods for top awards.

The Jack and the Beanstalk show is shortlisted in categories including Best Ensemble, Best Leading Male and Best Panto (for theatres with under 750 seats).

The nominations have been revealed by Salisbury's own panto legend, Christopher Biggins, (pictured below) who won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony last year.

Christopher Biggins Pantomime Awards

TOP NOMINATIONS FOR SALISBURY: 

There are more than 20 prizes up for grabs at the awards - here's the details of the categories that Salisbury Playhouse is involved in:

Best Ensemble

• Hexagon Reading - Peter Pan
• Towngate Basildon - Aladdin
• Salisbury Playhouse – Jack & the Beanstalk
• Sheffield Lyceum – Mother Goose
• York Theatre Royal – Jack & the Beanstalk

Best Staging & Set

• Morgan Brind – Beauty & the Beast - Derby Arena
• Keith Orton – Queens Theatre Hornchurch
• William Fricker – Stratford East
• James Button – Jack & the Beanstalk - Salisbury Playhouse
• Victoria Spearing – Bracknell Southill Parks Art Centre

Male Baddie – Sponsored by CME

• Kit Hesketh-Harvey – Yvonne Arnaud Guildford
• Lawrence Boothman – Robin Hood- Loughborough Town Hall
• David Leonard – Jack & the Beanstalk- York Theatre Royal
• Steve Serlin – Salisbury Playhouse
• Stefan Pejic – Swansea Grand Theatre

Salisbury Playhouse Jack and the Beanstalk 2017 Steven Serlin as Nightshade

Steven Serlin as Nightshade in Salisbury Playhouse's Jack and the Beanstalk

Leading Male - Sponsored by Encore Radio

• Danny Mac – Cinderella- Birmingham Hippodrome
• Edward Rowe – Truro Hall for Cornwall
• Charlie Stemp – Dick Whittington- London Palladium
• Sam Harrison – Salisbury Playhouse
• Dale Mathurin – Watford Palace

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

• Robin Hood - Loughborough Town Hall
• Jack & The Beanstalk - Salisbury Playhouse
• Snow White - Mercury Theatre Colchester
• Dick Whittington - Yvonne Arnauld Guildford

Tim Croall from Salisbury Playhouse says they're pleased to get the recognition:

“We’re delighted that Jack and the Beanstalk has received an incredible five nominations at the Great British Pantomime Awards. A huge amount of work goes into producing the annual Playhouse pantomime - from the writers, creative and production teams to the Playhouse staff and volunteers who look after our audiences – and not forgetting the brilliant cast. We can’t wait to find out who the winners are.”

MAYFLOWER AWARD NOD TOO:

There's also a nomination for the pantomime that was put on at the Mayflower in Southampton last Christmas too.

The Chuckle Brothers, who starred as the henchmen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, have been shortlisted for an award:

Best Double Act

• Paul Zerdin & Sam – Dick Whittington - London Palladium
• The Chuckle Brothers – Snow White- Mayflower Southampton
• The Grumbleweeds – Cinderella - Birmingham Hippodrome
• Joshua Coley & Christina Murray (Pickle & Lilly) Corn Exchange Newbury
• Louise McCarthy & Gayle Telfer-Stevens. – Jack & The Beanstalk SECC Glasgow

Mayflower Pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarves 2017

The Chuckle Brothers, pictured here with their Snow White co-stars, Craig Revel-Horwood, Flawless and Charlotte Haines

Sam Munday-Webb, the co-founder of the Great British Pantomime Awards 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".

The winners of the Great British Pantomime Awards will be announced on Sunday April 15th.

Christopher Biggins will be presenting the awards, where he'll be joined by other guests from Pantomimes and beyond to announce the winners and celebrate the season.

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