Top award for Salisbury Playhouse panto

Top award for Salisbury Playhouse panto

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 1:21pm 16th April 2018.

Our local theatre's been named as having one of the best shows in the country - oh yes it has!

Salisbury Playhouse have won the best pantomime award for their 2017-2018's success Jack and the Beanstalk at the Great British Pantomime Awards in London last night (Sunday 15th April).

The pantomime brought in more than 23,000 people during the festive period making it the highest grossing pantomime in Salisbury Playhouse's history.

Three best pantomime awards are awarded to theatres, with Salisbury winning one of the three: The Best Pantomime with Less than 750 seats.

Jack & the Beanstalk cast 2017
The cast of Jack and the Beanstalk at Salisbury Playhouse


The other awards in the category included between 750 to 1500 seats and theatres with more than 1500 seats.

The panto was up against a number of others across the country including the nominated Loughborough, Colchester and Guildford, with Salisbury coming out on top as the best this country has to offer.

Wiltshire Creative executive director Sebastian Warrack said:

"Pantomime is a hugely important part of the year at Salisbury Playhouse.

We are hugely honoured to have received this award from the Great British Pantomime Awards 2018, which is testament to the huge amount of work that staff, volunteers, cast and the creative team put into making such a production.

We’re also grateful to our audiences who continue to support us in such large numbers."

Salisbury were nominated for multiple awards last night including Best Esemble, Best staging & Set, Male Baddie and Leading Male.

There was also an award won for the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton too, with the Best Double Act Award going to the Chuckle Brothers who starred as the henchmen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

The Great British Pantomime Awards Co-Founder Sam Munday-Webb said:

"The pantomime awards are here to stay and they are going to get bigger and better, and after last night's fabulous show, it's a challenge we accept and will embrace wholeheartedly. Pantomime has never been in a better place, and we are here to embrace that and improve its position and its acknowledgement further."

The team behind Jack and the Beanstalk - writer Andrew Pollard, director Ryan McBryde, designer James Button and choreographer Nicky Griffiths - will be back at Salisbury Playhouse this Christmas with a new pantomime version of Beauty and the Beast.

Tickets are now on sale for Beauty and the Beast and can be booked by calling on 01722 320333 or by visiting

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