2 May 2024

The UK Pantomime Association has today announced that Imagine Theatre, part of leading global live entertainment company Trafalgar Entertainment, has been nominated for eight awards for their 2023-2024 season.

The nominations are:

Best Pantomime (500-900 seats) – Cinderella, Belgrade Theatre Coventry in association with Imagine Theatre

Best Pantomime (900+ seats) – Sleeping Beauty, Hexagon, Reading

Best Comic – John Evans: Peter Pan, Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Best Sisters – Iain Lauchlan and Andy Hockley: Cinderella, Belgrade Theatre Coventry in association with Imagine Theatre

Best Direction – Steve Boden: Sleeping Beauty, Hexagon, Reading

Best Lighting – Jamie Corbidge: Cinderella, Swansea Grand Theatre

Best Script – Eric Potts and Steven Wren: Sleeping Beauty, Eden Court, Inverness

Best Sound Design – Stephen Rickard: Cinderella, Rotherham Civic Theatre

Steve Boden, Joint CEO and Managing Director of Imagine Theatre, said: “We are always delighted to see our work and the genre of pantomime being recognised and are thrilled with our nominations this year. We would like to thank the UKPA for continuing to champion the artform and to celebrate it with these awards. Whether we win or lose it’s always a great event and an opportunity to catch up with others in the industry, so we are very much looking forward to the award ceremony on 18th June. Huge congratulations also to the other nominees and we look forward to seeing you there.”

Proud to be a Carbon Neutral company, each year, Imagine Theatre works on over forty pantomime productions across the United Kingdom, supplying everything from a single pantomime prop through to the staging of entire productions. Over 500 actors, technicians, directors, designers, choreographers, musicians, and stage management work for Imagine during the Christmas period using their skills to create the very best pantomimes possible.

The Imagine Team

This year Imagine Theatre are producing, co-producing, or working in association with pantomimes in Carmarthen, Coventry, Crewe, Fareham, Glasgow, Hayes, High Wycombe, Halifax, Inverness, Kilmarnock, Kirkcaldy, Leamington Spa, Llandudno, Leicester, Reading, Rotherham, Stafford, Swansea, Swindon and Wolverhampton. They will also be touring their smash hit series of Santa shows again over Christmas 2024. This Christmas Imagine Theatre open their 243rd professional pantomime production.

The Pantomime Awards 2024 in association with Stagecoach Performing Arts, will take place on Tuesday 18 June 2024 at 7pm at Trafalgar’s G Live venue in Guildford.

Speaking to the UK Pantomime Association, Andy Knights, CEO and Lisa Stead, COO of Stagecoach Performing Arts, said: “We are very excited to be the headline sponsor at this year’s Pantomime Awards. At Stagecoach Performing Arts, we take pride in seeing the positive impact that the arts can have on the lives of children and young people. For many, pantos are the first introduction they will have to theatre, and this can spark a lifetime love of, and engagement with, the arts. We know many of our students, and many of the adults that are a part of the Stagecoach community, will have been in the audiences of the nominees and we are looking forward to celebrating all the winners at the ceremony!”