St Albans' Cinderella stars nominated for British pantomime awards
PUBLISHED: 13:36 18 February 2019 | UPDATED: 17:22 18 February 2019
Pamela Raith Photography
St Albans' annual panto has been nominated for two major gongs in the 2019 Great British Pantomime Awards.
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.
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 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