Knight of the stage Sir Ian McKellen, Hello-de-Hello! star Su Pollard and TV presenter Vernon Kay had been among the many winners on the 2023 Pantomime Awards.
Performers and others who labored on the pantomime productions of basic fairy-tales together with Jack And The Beanstalk, Cinderella and Magnificence And The Beast had been all recognised on the annual occasion.
The star-studded ceremony came about on the Trafalgar Theatre in London’s West Finish on Tuesday.
It was hosted by UK Pantomime Affiliation (UKPA) president Christopher Biggins.
Sir Ian was honoured with a particular recognition award, which celebrates productions and people representing UKPA values, for his passionate advocacy and companies to the artform of pantomime.
The veteran movie and stage actor just lately starred in a manufacturing of Mom Goose, because the eponymous goose, alongside comic John Bishop.
His co-star Anna-Jane Casey additionally took residence the very best supporting artist award, and the present itself gained greatest pantomime within the 500 to 900 seater class.
Particular recognition awards had been additionally given to the Solid, Doncaster theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East, who had been each recognised for his or her work in direction of furthering inclusivity.
Pollard obtained the excellent achievement award for her many a long time of ardour and dedication to treading the boards in pantos across the nation.
The English actress has appeared in over 35 stage performs and musicals, in addition to over 40 pantomimes all through her profession.
Kay gained the very best newcomer to pantomime award for his efficiency in Cinderella, which was placed on on the Wycombe Swan theatre in Excessive Wycombe.
The manufacturing was the TV presenter and DJ’s pantomime debut, starring within the position of Dandini, an expertise he beforehand described as an “emotional rollercoaster”.
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Simon Sladen, chair of the UKPA stated: “The Pantomime Awards rejoice an array of excellent expertise and show an trade alive and thriving.
“The dedication, creativity and fervour on present every season makes pantomime some of the thrilling of all theatrical genres.
“The UK Pantomime Affiliation is proud to recognise and acknowledge the excellent talent, experience and excellence upon the pantomime stage.”
Based in 2021, the UKPA is a charity that explores, shares and celebrates pantomime by investigating the style’s wealthy previous, partaking with modern follow and provoking the longer term.
Butlin’s was the principal sponsor for the UK Pantomime Awards 2023.