Middlesbrough Theatre’s seasonal panto Dick Whittington has been nominated for a series of national awards – oh yes it has!
The show is up for three gongs in the Great British Pantomime Awards – Best Ensemble, Best Choreographer and Pantomime of the Year - under 750 seats.
Dick Whittington at Middlesbrough Theatre starred Todd Carty (Grange Hill and Eastenders) as King Rat and Britain’s Got Talent’s Philip Green as Idle Jack, with Ian Mowat as Dame Sarah Suet.
It was produced by Boston-based Extravaganza Productions – David Vickers and Richard Chandler – and Dick Whittington marked their 21st collaboration with the theatre.
The Great British Pantomime Awards, hosted by Christopher Biggins, will be held at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London on Sunday, April 28.
David Lindsey, Middlesbrough Theatre Manager, said: “We are delighted – and honoured – to be nominated for these awards, particularly in so many categories. To be up for Pantomime of the Year is truly amazing.
“The pantomime has been the high spot in the theatre’s programme for many years and makes an invaluable contribution to the theatre’s artistic programme, as well as keeping us afloat financially.
“These nominations mark the culmination of over twenty years’ hard work on the part of our co-producers, Extravaganza Productions, who have endeavoured to make every pantomime better than the one before and see that no two productions of the same title are exactly the same.
“My team at the theatre – from stage crew to marketing - have also played their part in keeping standards high and these nominations are a fitting recognition of their dedication as well. We are all keeping our fingers crossed for April 28!”
Cllr Mick Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Communities, said: “The Theatre’s annual panto is a staple on the Middlesbrough calendar. It takes a lot of people to bring the show together and these nominations are very richly deserved.
“Looking at this recognition more broadly, it fits into everything we have been talking about recently and our ambitions for Middlesbrough.
“We launched our cultural strategy recently which is about putting culture at the heart of everything we do, we have unveiled a Middlesbrough branding which aims to promote all the true positives of life in Middlesbrough to a national audience - which this certainly does.
“All of this really does play a part in our investment strategy of attracting more jobs, investment and leisure opportunities to Middlesbrough so we would say well done and thank you to all involved for a brilliant show and putting Middlesbrough in a positive light to a national audience.”
This year’s panto at Middlesbrough Theatre is Sleeping Beauty with Philip Green returning as Muddles the Jester and The Chase’s “Governess” Anne Hegerty as Carabosse and coincidentally marks Extravaganza’s 25th anniversary as panto producers.
It runs from December 6, 2019 to January 5, 2020. Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01642 81 51 81 or via the Middlesbrough Theatre website.