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.

How were The Pantomime Awards winners decided?

Following the open call for judges with relevant experience, for the 2022/23 season, 64 judges visited 243 venues, watching 717 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, reviewed and, in line with UKPA principles, used to inform a long list.

Judges are subsequently invited to a Conference to discuss the longlists, with those unable to attendinvited to send any comments in via email.

Judges’ feedback, along with their scores and UKPA principles, is then considered by the Awards Panel comprising a mix of UKPA Trustees, Regional Lead Judges and Nation-Wide Judges to inform the shortlists. A subgroup then reviews scores, feedback and, in line with UKPA principles, proposes winners for approval by the Awards Panel and UKPA Trustees. UKPA Trustees decide the Special Recognition Awards and Outstanding Contribution to Pantomime Award.

Awards Panel

  • Chair: Simon Sladen
  • Vice Chair: Sam Munday-Webb

Panel Members

  • Caroline Elsey
  • Nick Humby
  • Alex Jackson
  • David Lloyd-Jones
  • Fraser McDonald
  • Sarah Pamphilion
  • Roman Stefanski
  • Aimee Turnbull
  • Rebecca Vines

The Pantomime Awards News

Catch up with the latest news from The Pantomime Awards.

The Pantomime Awards 2024 Venues Announced

The UK Pantomime Association are excited to announce the venues that have signed up to take part in The Pantomime Awards 2024. CityVenue TitleAberdeenArts CentreRapunzelAberdeenHer Majesty'sSleeping BeautyAldershotPrinces HallAladdinAylesburyWatersideSnow...