The Pantomime Awards

The Pantomime Awards team of judges are on the road every year travelling from Aberdeen to Aylesbury, Belfast to Bognor and Cardiff to Canterbury.

We celebrate the hard work, commitment and artistic excellence that entertains audiences throughout the festive season. Pantomime is one of the most exciting, vibrant forms of theatre and The Pantomime Awards demonstreate how alive, creative and innovative the genre is today.


Following the open call for judges with relevant experience, for the 2023/24 season, 70 judges visited 249 venues, watching 728 pantomime performances, each scoring the shows across Awards categories in line with marking criteria that has been developed in consultation with industry experts. 

The UKPA aims to cover all professional pantomimes over the Winter season that agree to be a part of the Awards, have a seating capacity over 400 and run for at least 10 performances. Other shows may be included at the discretion of the Association.

Once reviewed and submitted, the judges’ scores are then collated and reviewed by the Awards Officers to inform a long list in line with UKPA and The Pantomime Awards principles of equality, diversity and inclusion, geographic spread, and Award categories having no more than three nominations from a single producer. Conflicts of interest are declared and acknowledged on a case-by-case basis.

For 2023/2024, the Awards Officers are Robert Marsden (Head of Judging), Simon Sladen (UKPA Chair) and Sam Munday-Web (UKPA Vice-Chair and The Pantomime Awards Producer). 

Three Judges’ Conferences are then held to discuss the longlists and receive proposals for the Special Recognition and Best Newcomer Awards, with those unable to attend invited to send any comments in via email.

Judges’ feedback, along with their scores, is then considered by the Awards Officers alongside UKPA and The Pantomime Awards principles to create the shortlists. The Awards Officers propose the winners for the UKPA Trustees to approve. UKPA Trustees decide the Special Recognition Awards and Outstanding Contribution to Pantomime Award.

The Pantomime Awards 2024 nominees can be found here:

A map of The Pantomime Awards 2024 nominees can be found here:

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