St Albans’ Cinderella stars nominated for British pantomime awards

PUBLISHED: 13:36 18 February 2019 | UPDATED: 17:22 18 February 2019

Bob Golding as Dandini in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.

Bob Golding as Dandini in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.

Pamela Raith Photography

St Albans’ annual panto has been nominated for two major gongs in the 2019 Great British Pantomime Awards.

Cinderella (Jemma Carlisle) shall go to the ball in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.Cinderella (Jemma Carlisle) shall go to the ball in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.

Cinderella wowed audiences at The Alban Arena last Christmas during the show’s month-long run.

The Evolution Pantomimes production has now been recognised in the industry’s prestigious awards.

• READ MORE: Cinderella panto review

The Pub Landlord star Al Murray presented the nominations at The Piano Works West End last night (Sunday) and two stars of the Arena panto were shortlisted for individual accolades.

St Albans panto legend Bob Golding was nominated in the Best Supporting Male category for his performance as Dandini in Cinderella.

Jemma Carlisle’s wonderful performance in the title role has also been recognised with a nomination in the Best Principal Girl award.

Jemma Carlisle as Cinderella in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.Jemma Carlisle as Cinderella in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.

The Alban Arena posted on Facebook: “We’re pleased as punch that our lovely Patron Bob Golding has been nominated for an award by The Great British Pantomime Awards and not only that but the wonderful and talented Jemma Carlisle too!”

The British Pantomime Awards 2019 ceremony will be held at the New Wimbledon Theatre on Sunday, April 28.

The glitzy bash will be hosted by pantomime legend Christopher Biggins.

St Albans’ 2018 panto Cinderella was directed by Bob Golding, who took on a supporting male role rather than playing the Dame.

The decision to wear trousers has been rewarded with a British Pantomime Awards nomination.

The Alban Arena panto favourite is up against Marcus Patrick, who played Dandini in Cinderella at the Kings Theatre in Southsea, Portsmouth, Tom Capper for Beauty and the Beast at the Princess Hall in Aldershot, Paul James Corrigan in Aladdin at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow, and Marcus Knibbs for Beauty and the Beast at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre.

St Albans’ Jemma Carlisle is one of the five nominees for the Best Principal Girl.

She faces competition for the trophy from Gillian Parkhouse as Belle in Edinburgh King’s Theatre’s production of Beauty and the Beast, Samantha Dorrance for Peter Pan at the Sheffield Lyceum, Harriett Hare in Harrogate Theatre panto Jack and the Beanstalk, and Liberty Buckland for her performance in Salisbury Playhouse show Beauty and the Beast.

Cinderella (Jemma Carlisle) shall go to the ball in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.Cinderella (Jemma Carlisle) shall go to the ball in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.

Cinderella in St Albans also starred S Club’s Rachel Stevens, Ben Faulks, aka CBeebies’ Mr Bloom, and Ian Kirkby, who was nominated for a panto award last year.

Former EastEnders star Rita Simons, who appeared in St Albans panto Snow White in 2016, has been nominated in the Best Female Villain category for her performance in Bournemouth Pavilion panto Sleeping Beauty.

Sleeping Beauty will be the winter production at The Alban Arena this Christmas.

Tickets are already on sale for The Alban Arena’s 2019 panto.

Once again starring Bob Golding, this time back in a dress, Sleeping Beauty can be seen at the Arena from Friday, December 6 to Sunday, January 5, 2020.

To book tickets, visit www.alban-arena.co.uk or call the box office on 01727 844488.

• For more on the The Great British Pantomime Awards, visit www.pantomimeawards.co.uk

Cinderella (Jemma Carlisle) off to the ball in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.Cinderella (Jemma Carlisle) off to the ball in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.

Bob Golding as Dandini in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.Bob Golding as Dandini in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.

Bob Golding as Dandini and Kane Oliver Parry as Prince Charming in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.Bob Golding as Dandini and Kane Oliver Parry as Prince Charming in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.

Another spurious comedy routine involving Bob Golding and Ian Kirkby in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.Another spurious comedy routine involving Bob Golding and Ian Kirkby in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.

Prince Charming (Kane Oliver Parry) and Cinderella (Jemma Carlisle) only have eyes for each other in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.Prince Charming (Kane Oliver Parry) and Cinderella (Jemma Carlisle) only have eyes for each other in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.

Prince Charming (Kane Oliver Parry) and Dandini (Bob Golding) in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.Prince Charming (Kane Oliver Parry) and Dandini (Bob Golding) in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.

Buttons (Ben Faulks) and Cinders (Jemma Carlisle) in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.Buttons (Ben Faulks) and Cinders (Jemma Carlisle) in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.

Buttons (Ben Faulks) and Cinders (Jemma Carlisle) in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.Buttons (Ben Faulks) and Cinders (Jemma Carlisle) in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.

Buttons (Ben Faulks) and Cinders (Jemma Carlisle) in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.Buttons (Ben Faulks) and Cinders (Jemma Carlisle) in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.

Prince Charming (Kane Oliver Parry) and Cinderella (Jemma Carlisle) at the ball in panto Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.Prince Charming (Kane Oliver Parry) and Cinderella (Jemma Carlisle) at the ball in panto Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.

The Ugly sisters and Cinderella (Jemma Carlisle) in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.The Ugly sisters and Cinderella (Jemma Carlisle) in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.

Dandini (Bob Golding) with the Ugly sisters in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.Dandini (Bob Golding) with the Ugly sisters in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.

Prince Charming (Kane Oliver Parry) and Cinderella (Jemma Carlisle) in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.Prince Charming (Kane Oliver Parry) and Cinderella (Jemma Carlisle) in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.

Prince Charming (Kane Oliver Parry) and Cinderella (Jemma Carlisle) in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.Prince Charming (Kane Oliver Parry) and Cinderella (Jemma Carlisle) in pantomime Cinderella at The Alban Arena in St Albans. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography.

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