An Ancient Curiosity!

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Reminded this week of an old gag- Old Mother Riley asking Daughter Kitty where she has been. Kitty replies “I went to a museum, Mother, to see an ancient curiosity”

“An Ancient Curiosity? An Ancient Curiosity? Why didn’t you come home and see your Mother?”

Well, we finally made it into a museum this week- Peter Robbins and I – when Catherine Haill, and Assistant Curator Alex Clayton came to take us away! The museum in question is The Victoria & Albert Museum, Department of Theatre and Performance, and hopefully one day we will get an airing, and make a display of ourselves!

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Catherine Haill & Nigel, with Peter & Nigel photobombing!

The story started many years ago when Catherine asked Peter and I if we would consider donating a costume or two to the museum. Catherine especially liked our ballgowns. We were being filmed by the V&A for their pantomime archive at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

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The Ballroom wigs- created by Kevin Powling and Geraldine Westley : “Wigart”.

At the time we were unable to hand over our Ballroom frocks, as there were many ballroom stairs to descend and slippers to be retrieved. This year I decided it would be the time to gift these two costumes and wigs, along with crinolines and plumes. I thought it would be nice for a little bit of Robbins & Ellacott to be kept somewhere for posterity- I can almost here Peter saying “You’re not keeping ME in any old Posterior!

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Our final panto together at Nottingham Theatre Royal. (2009) With the lovely Dawson Chance.

These gorgeous costumes were made by Margaret Brice for Peter & I to my designs. Margaret was resident maker at the Kenneth More Theatre for over twenty-one years, and before that was at Berman & Nathans creating costumes for film and TV.

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Margaret Brice’s costume for Nigel. Circa 2000

Margaret already has some of her workmanship at the V&A. She worked on the Cecil Beaton “My Fair Lady” among many projects stored in their archive.

It was lovely to see Catherine again, along with Alex, and also a sad day in some ways. The ballroom wig has been with me (the wig part replaced several times) since about 1983. It started off life as a flower pot turned into a Champagne bucket! Kevin cleverly sorted out the “firing mechanism” that made every ballroom “Go with a bang!”

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Peter at Nottingham 2008-09

The costumes have historical connections- The plumes and appliques on mine started life at The Folies Bergere in the ’50’s, were sold to Holiday On Ice International and then to me. The crinolines date back to The Royal Opera House in the 1940’s. I’ve looked after these bits of costume for many years, and now the V&A is going to look after them for a very long time into the future. I hope there will be panto still going in that far off future of flying cars and day trips to the Moon!

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My Ballroom, showing the appliques from The Folies Bergere.

Sad to see them go, but very happy and proud that a little bit of Peter & I get to stay together- and who knows, they may well spark a bit of attention now and again if they go on display! We all love a bit of attention!

“You know what dear? I’m SO beautiful, I look just like an Oil Painting”

“I’ve thought that too dear”

“Really?”

“yes. You’re old,and cracked, and ought to be hung. In a museum!”

Farewell frocks. We’ve had a ball!

 

 

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JOHN SPILLERS a tribute from David Lee

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David Lee writes:

Can it be that we shall no longer experience the fun, smiles and laughter my dearest friend always generated whenever one was in his company? As I am sure it will be the same for all who knew this genial and fun-loving Gentleman of the Theatre, it is with deepest sadness that I came to the realisation yesterday of his passing.

I first met John when I auditioned for a summer season in the days when there were no holiday villages, centres or entertainment resorts, they were called Holiday Camps! I’d answered an advert in The Stage for Brown Coats for Morecambe Bay Holiday Camp and Entertainment Manager Johnny Spillers Esq. For any artist who has ever auditioned for John they’ll know this can be quite an experience! He had me singing song after song for about thirty minutes until I said, “Have I got the job?” “Course you have”, came the immediate response, “I just can’t believe someone so young knows so many (Expletive!) old songs”. Little did we know in 1970 that our friendship would last almost fifty years, he truly was like the older brother I never had.

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As with many Panto Producers John was a performer first and producing came later. He learnt most of his trade in what he affectionately referred to as the ‘Rubber-Dubs’ (Working Men’s Clubs) cabaret and of course holiday camps, starting out in Kent and later Morecambe and Golden Sands in Great Yarmouth. His pantomime debut was playing Friar Tuck opposite Hit Parade Legend Craig Douglas who was starring as Robin Hood in Peterborough for the late great Jerry Jerome. That’s when he fell in love with the genre.

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For those who never saw John perform, well you really did miss out. He was a superb comedian but more than this he was a master at working an audience, always very funny, a fantastic ad libber and impressionist. Only John could get a standing ovation for calling the Bingo! Yes I did say calling the bingo, for he turned what is a chore for most holiday camp entertainers into an entertainment experience! It might have been a holiday camp but he presented five variety shows in the camp’s theatre each week with star guests on Sundays who were invariably appearing in Blackpool for the summer. There was also a straight play and a farce! I learnt more about the business, it’s rules, traditions, policies and comedy timing in three months for John that season than if I’d had a scholarship to a top theatre school for three years.

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John persuaded the recently departed Impresario Duggie Chapman to book me for Southport with him and Tommy Trafford as Uglies. They were great days no-one got rehearsal pay then by the way! The cast camaraderie was fabulous, after the show the entire company would go to a bar and the entertainment continued with sing-alongs and the telling of wonderful theatrical stories of the greats of the past like Miller, Randle, Formby and Clitheroe etc. We then went on to appear in two more pantomimes together as Chinese Policemen in Southport and Bury St Edmunds.

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By the late 1970’s John had decided to make a career change and was Entertainment Manager for the Maidstone Borough Council running the 388 seat Hazlitt Theatre when he asked me if I’d be interested in being his Assistant? I held the position for three years and over that time Pantoni Productions was created when he and I produced the Hazlitt’s six-week pantomime. I left to run Pantoni commercially and John stayed until retiring, then becoming a commercial pantomime producer himself, and as they say… the rest is history. Spillers Pantomimes is a true family-run business, his lovely wife Kay and family always the most precious aspects of his life have been an integral part of the successes of the company he was so proud to head. Spillers Pantomimes continues to provide excellent ‘Family’ entertainment for countless hundreds of thousands of people continuing I’m sure John’s legacy and his diligence in setting many a young theatrical hopeful on the road to a successful career.

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One reads the cliché’s so often; he was a legend, a gentleman, a true showman, a very funny man etc, and although all that is true, if I may I’d close with the immortal words of the one and only Max Miller – “There’ll never be another!”

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Facebook has had some tributes to Johnny Spillers: Here is one from Father and Son, Rusty Goffe and Ben Gambrill:

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Happy Birthday Brick Lane!

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Twenty Five years of Brick Lane Music Hall! Enjoyed a night at the Music Hall last Saturday, with a show devised by Vincent Hayes to celebrate a quarter century of entertainment.

This week “The Stage” newspaper has run a special feature on Vincent Hayes and The Brick Lane Music Hall. Here’s the link:

https://www.thestage.co.uk/?s=brick+lane+music+hall

Here we all are after the show, with guests Anita Harris, her husband Mike Margolis and Tom Owen, from “Last Of The Summer Wine”  joining Kate Plantin, casting director, and Derek Martin. Derek is better known as Eastender’s Charlie Slater.

Andrew Ryan and myself joined Danny Lawton backstage with Vincent Hayes and Andrew Robley.

Today was Anita’s Birthday! As part of the show Lucy Reed and Shelby Morgan sang a tribute to Anita Harris, and as a surprise she joined them on stage, and sang a number.

The show featured a great Pantomime line-up with characters from various Brick Lane Pantomimes over the years, costumed by Zara Kattan in shades of red and gold. Stunning! In January BLMH is presenting “Aladdin”- a grown-ups pantomime,  from January through to March 2018.

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Anita on stage – The Birthday girl herself!

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Carry On Anita!

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With the Summer upon us, Brick Lane’s Outreach project takes to the schools of Newham, and this year the Brick Lane teams will be introducing the primary school children to Lionel Bart’s “Oliver!”, with a performance in each of the selected schools before term ends. Here are some of the Music Hall gang taking part.

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A great celebration of a show- thank you Vincent for Twenty Five Glorious Years. Here’s to the next Twenty Five!

Ashleigh & Sullivan- Champions!

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Huge Congratulations to Ashleigh Butler and Sullivan- or to give him his full title, The Closet Monster Of Ashpen!

Sullivan is officially Agility Champion, having run through his course like a streak of lighting in France this month as part of the Team GB.

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Pudsey at Crufts this March

In March I had a great day at Crufts in Birmingham watching Ashleigh put Pudsey through his paces in his last appearance at Crufts in the agility final. Sullivan won small singles that day with two firsts, and two seconds…. and now He’s World Class!

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Looking forward to joining the trio of Ashleigh, Pudsey and Sullivan again when rehearsals begin for The Wycombe Swan in November- meeting up with Simon Webb again, and working with my mate Chris Jarvis for the first time in Beanstalkland! Can’t wait!

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Photograph by Les Wilson.

Dame Dolly’s Edinburgh Adventure

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Steve Boyce is taking his alter ego, Dame Dolly Donut on a journey into Fringe Pantoland- Appearing for the whole of the Fringe Season in a play that will appeal, like Pantomime itself, to children and adults of all ages.

The show will play seven days a week for the duration of the Fringe At C (venue 34) with a running time of one hour. Once daily at 1.35pm!

For more information click on the link:

www.cthefestival.com/2017/the-dame-dolly-donut-show

Also you can follow Dame Dolly on twitter @DameDollyShow

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SPOTLIGHT ON DUGGIE CHAPMAN

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DUGGIE CHAPMAN MBE

 31st March 1936  – 1st April 2017

“The Delfont Of The North!”

Duggie Chapman who died on Saturday, a day after celebrating his 81st Birthday was a prolific producer of Pantomimes in the UK. In the mid ‘70’s he was the biggest producer of panto with over eleven productions in venues, or on tour over Christmas.

Over his 50 year plus career he presented over 400 pantomimes, as well as Music Halls, variety and Summer shows both in the UK and abroad.. A familiar sight at theatres arriving in his Rolls Royce, cigar in hand and a magnificent sense of humour. He was the man who kept an awful lot of artistes in work over a very long time. The tributes from these artistes, many of them now stars have been pouring in.

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Duggie was born in Burnley, and became a full time resident of Blackpool with offices on the South Shore from 1962.

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He not only presented Panto, but played comic and later Dame in several. His first pantomime appearance was, aged 22 in 1958. A year later he would produce his first show in Jersey. His last appearance as a performer in panto was 1973. By this time Duggie was producing eleven pantomimes, and the luxury of performing each year was no longer possible.

Duggie had started as a child actor. At eleven he appeared in “The Cure Of Love”, and aged Fifteen he was one of “The Four Blue Pages”, a harmony group. By 1955 at the age of 19 he was with Ken Wilson in “Piccadilly To Paree” as a young comic, venturing into the “Naught But Nice” shows such as “The Girlee Show” followed by tours in variety.

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Throughout his career he presented Variety and Music Hall. His “Duggie Chapman’s Music Hall”,was  brought to theatres at “E-Nourmous Expense!” toured almost continuously from 1964 for thirty five years!

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I first saw these shows as a schoolboy at Swansea Grand Theatre, and the artistes appearing were Duggie’s “rep” company- all “turns” who worked for him all year round, and then went into his pantomimes, before setting off for tours and Summer Seasons. He was very loyal, and so were they. These shows were to me very glamorous and an insight into a world of showbiz that l knew I had to join someday. Thank you Duggie!

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1958/59  Duggie first appeared in a Bunny Baron production of “Aladdin”. The show was at the Granville Theatre Ramsgate and featured Neville Kennard, Hazel Wilson, Calvin Kaye, Pat Ward and Lisa Gaye.

By this time Duggie was a regular broadcaster for the BBC. He made over 100 Broadcasts in shows like “Variety Playhouse”and “Workers Playtime” as a comedian.

The following Year he was not in a pantomime, but touring and Broadcasting.

1961/62  Duggie appeared as comic in “Babes In The Wood”  in Blackburn for Joe Collins. Joe was the Father of Joan Collins,and was a prolific producer. The show was looked after by Davy Kaye . Duggie appeared alongside veteran Dame Billy Wells as Nurse, with The Harrison Twins and Brian Stone. This panto played three weeks at Blackburn and a week at St. Helens.

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1962/63 he appeared in “Ali Baba” at The Dudley Hippodrome. This panto was extended and ran until February 10th 1963. There were two glamorous Dames- Terry Bartlett (of Bartlett & Ross fame) and Terry Durham.

1963/64 Duggie played Simple Simon in “Jack & The Beanstalk” in Kidderminster alongside Bert Ward as Dame and The speciality “The Flying Paulos”.

In 1964 Duggie Chapman’s Music Hall was toured throughout the year. He compered his show that Christmas at The Alhambra, Morecambe.

 1965/66  Duggie played his first Dame. He was Dame Durden in “Jack & The Beanstalk” as well as producing. The panto was on tour and played Scunthorpe, Skegness and The Cavendish Cinema Nottingham.

1966/67 Duggie produced and appeared in “Puss In Boots” at The Richmond Theatre London. He played Queen Penelope. Many of the cast were members of his Music Hall that played Richmond during the year. They included Alec Bregonzi and Lucy Fenwick, who played “Puss”.

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Duggie at Richmond

1967/68 Duggie returned as Dame to Richmond,in “Babes In The Wood” He was again joined by Alec Bregonzi and Lucy Fenwick. His Old Time Music Hall  continued to play the theatre.

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1968/69 Duggie Chapman played Widow Twankey in “Aladdin”  for Derek Salberg at The Pavilion, Bournemouth. The Pantomime starred Harry H Corbett (of “Steptoe & Son”fame) and featured Yokel comedian Billy Burden, Dennis Spicer and Derek Dene.

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1969/70 Duggie presented pantomime at The Civic Theatre, Barnsley. He played Ugly Sister with Tom Howard  in “Cinderella”. Tom Howard was a regular performer in his Music Hall, often appearing in drag as Florrie Forde. Joining the company was Ken Platt (his catchphrase “I won’t take my coat off, I’m not stopping!”) along with Bryan Johnson (Brother of Teddy, and also a Eurovision contestant) with Jean Barrington as Prince and Esme Ash. Ken played Buttons with Bryan as Baron.

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1970/71 Duggie Chapman presented and appeared at The Civic, Barnsley as Dilys Dumpling in “Red Riding Hood”, alongside Ken (“Settle Down”) Goodwin as Simple Simon. Clinton Ford played the Squire.

The star of this panto was a local lad- Dai Bradley. The film “Kes” directed by Ken Loach was released this year, and starred the now 16 year old as Prince. He had just left school, and following this panto was to join the Royal National Theatre to train and appear in seasons at the Old Vic, and later appearing in “Equus” in the UK and in America. His most recent film is the 2013 “Hummingbird” with Jason Statham.

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This Christmas  saw Duggie  also presenting “Cinderella” at The Floral Hall, Stockport. His role as “Sister” was given to Johnny Spillers (later panto producer) and Tommy Trafford (Later Panto Producer ) along with Marie Ashton as Dandini.

 1971/72  Duggie  played WidowTwankey in his third year as Dame at Barnsley Civic, which he produced. It was “Aladdin”.

This season starred Bobby Bennett as Wishee Washee, and “The Man In Black”- Valentine Dyall as Abanazar. Dumarte & Denzer presented their Black Light speciality “Skeletons Alive!”, and Ping & Pong the Chinese Policemen were played by The Harman Brothers. A name change a few years later saw the Harmans rechristened The Chuckle Brothers.

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Jean Barrington played Aladdin and the role of Princess was played by my friend Suzanne Kaye. This was her Pantomime debut in her local theatre- she went on to join Duggie’s touring Music Hall and Summer Seasons afterwards.

The pantomime rehearsed up until Christmas Eve, and then the cast returned to open on Boxing Day, as did most pantomimes at the time.

Suzanne remembers Duggie Chapman’s Dame as “ A lovely Dame. He was a warm, comfortable Motherly dame with a wicked twinkle in his eye”

This twinkle was often in his eye, and she remembers how he made her feel at ease in her very first panto. “He was a joy. You never saw him lose his temper, and he was kind and supportive. He made you laugh a lot..”

“If we were out or in a pub or a reception and someone had cornered him or was boring him, he had this code word. It was Brentford. He’d call you over and say ‘Suzanne, have you seen Mr Brentford recently? Or ‘Have you been to Brentford lately?’ that was his signal to be rescued! “

Duggie made Suzanne comfortable enough to ask her back the year, and to join his Summer Seasons. She continued to do over twenty more pantomimes and summer shows.

During this panto season Duggie was also producing a further two pantomimes at Southport, and at Bury St Edmunds. Once again Johnny Spillers and Tommy Trafford were in Cinderella and Bobby Kent was Dame for him at Bury St Edmunds.

 1972/73  This was year four at Barnsley for Duggie Chapman. It was also his last pantomime season appearing as Dame. The pantomime was “Babes In The Wood” with Duggie playing Nurse Glucose.

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The star this year was Ian Lavender. At 26 he was one of the stars of “Dad’s Army”, watched at times by 20 Million viewers. He played Muddles with Peter Cavanagh “The Voice Of Them All” playing the Sheriff of Nottingham. Brett Stevens was Robin Hood alongside Suzanne Kaye as Maid Marion.

The cast included Merry Men played by Dave Lee as Will Scarlett  (later to become a Panto Producer) and Peter Tracey (previously a double act of Smart & Tracey) along with magician Mike Scott. The Good and Bad Robbers were Charlie Grey and Eddie Davies. The latter part of the panto was affected by National Power cuts, strikes and shortages.

Suzanne Kaye  recalls this pantomime as the one that took place during a period of regular power cuts. The Matinee might have full lighting, but then the evening would see reduced and emergency lighting, with candles (backed with baco foil) put as footlights to boost the secondary lights!

 That panto season  (1972) Duggie Chapman also  directed “Robin Hood” at Scunthorpe with Tony Lester, Ted Dwyer and Horace Mashford in the cast.

After this year Duggie would find it impossible to perform in pantomime, as the number of pantomimes he was producing each year was increasing.

In 1973/74 he presented “Jack & The Beanstalk” at Barnsley with Ken Platt, “Aladdin” at Bury St Edmunds with John Spillers and David Lee along with Jean Barrington, and a touring panto “Goldilocks” at St Helens and Southport.

By 1974 he had Ten pantomime productions, and was hiring sets and costumes from his Blackpool Costume House and store. He had Nine Theatres and One Club on his list this year- Barnsley, Bury St Edmunds, Harlow, Margate, New Brighton, Scunthorpe, Southport, Sheffield and Weymouth.

His casts included his regular artistes and the comedians Ken Platt, Derek Roy alongside Bobby Crush, Ricky Vallance, Tommy Trafford Ken Joy and Bobby Kent.

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In 1975 he added an Easter Panto to his collection- “Cinderella” at St Helens.

Here is an interview Duggie gave to a newspaper several years ago, about his thoughts on pantomime.

http://northernlifemagazine.co.uk/the-pantomime-principal-boy-is-doomed-oh-yes-she-is/

To this day Duggie, at the age of eighty, continued to produce and direct pantomimes all over the country. He received the British Music Hall’s Lifetime Acheivement award in 2008 and was made an MBE in 2009 for his services to light entertainment.

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The stars of his music halls included Sandy Powell and his wife Kay White, Elsie and Doris Waters, Adelaide Hall, Derek Roy and in pantomime his stars included Stu Francis who appeared in so many Bolton pantomimes for him, as well as Jimmy Cricket , Charlie Cairoli, , Barnaby, The Patton Brothers and Keith Hopkins.

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Billingham “Goldilocks” produced by Duggie Chapman

One name appears on Duggie’s panto bills a lot- Mervyn  Francis, who has directed, co-directed and performed in over twenty of Duggie’s Pantomimes. Here is a link to his website:

http://mervynfrancis.vpweb.co.uk/Pantomime.html

The proof of a good man is the company he keeps- Duggie kept a fine and a loyal company. His casts were his friends, and remained working with him for year upon year. His Music Hall and Panto casts contain the same names each year. Here are a few from The Swansea Grand seasons:

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That twinkle in his eye never left him. Locally his shows at the Lowther Pavilion Blackpool were regular attractions. The theatre managers became his friends.

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Our thoughts here at its-behind-you.com go to his wife Beryl Johnson  and to all those in Pantoland who miss this jovial and talented man who loved and  lived Pantomime.

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British Panto Awards!

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Thanks to the exhaustive journeys of Daniel Dawson and his team, the British Panto Awards 2016-17 were announced in London on Sunday 12th at the Theatre Cafe on Shaftesbury Avenue London, and live on Facebook.

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Daniel Dawson introduces the evening

The hosts for this evening were Christopher Biggins and Leon Craig, and the awards were selected from the team that Daniel assembled to see pantomimes far and wide across the country. Daniel’s travels were first blogged here on IBY as he visited as many pantomimes as he could in a season (while keeping up his full time job- that’s a lot of saved up holiday dates in January!). Soon it outgrew his expectations, and now his team of judges assist him in the visits.

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Christopher Biggins hosted the evening aided by Leon Craig.

The venue in The West End & Daniel’s sponsors for the awards tonight.

The full story of The British Panto Awards, and the nominations & winners can be found on http://www.pantoinsider.com

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Leon Craig, Oliver Gray & Dean Horner, Susie McKenna, Sharon D Clark, Damian Williams

 

Here are a list of the awards and the 2017 winners.

PANTO OF THE YEAR 2017

Dick Whittington

Birmingham Hippodrome

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Directed by: Michael Harrison

Starring: John Barrowman, The Krankies, Steve McFadden, Matt Slack, Jodie Prenger & Andrew Ryan

This pantomime won in the 1500 seater plus category

In the 750 -1500 seater category The Winner was:

DICK WHITTINGTON, MARLOWE CANTERBURY: EVOLUTION

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The Marlowe Canterbury Pantomime

And in the below 750 seater category the winner was:

SLEEPING BEAUTY, TOWNGATE, BASILDON (Towngate & Simon Fielding Ltd)

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Basildon Panto

BEST DIRECTOR: 2016/2017 Winner: MICHAEL HARRISON for Cinderella London Palladium

Sponsored by Production, Light and Sound

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Michael Harrison Qdos

BEST STAGING & SET: 2016/2017 Winner: IAN WESTBROOK for Cinderella London Palladium

Sponsored by Rare Design

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Ian Westbrook

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: 2016/2017 Winner: AISLING DUFFY AND SIMON FIELDING Sleeping Beauty, Towngate Basildon.

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION: 2016/2017 Winner: GARY HIND– Cinderella London Palladium

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Gary Hind

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS: 2016/2017 Winner: TWINS FX for the Upside Down Moped, Cinderella London Palladium

Sponsored by Production, Light and Sound

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BEST SCRIPT 2016/2017 Winner:CHRISTIAN PATTERSON for Cinderella,  Regent Theatre Stoke

Sponsored by Rare Design

BEST DAME; 2016/2017 Winner: DAMIAN WILLIAMS. Snow White, Sheffield Lyceum

Sponsored by Limelight Scripts

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Damian Williams with Daniel Dawson

BEST COMIC: 2016/2017 Winner: MATT SLACK. Dick Whittington, Birmingham Hippodrome. (Matt is currently in Canada with “Mrs Henderson Presents).

BEST LEADING MALE PERFORMER: 2016/2017 Winner: JULIAN CLARY– Cinderella London Palladium

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BEST LEADING FEMALE PERFORMER: 2016/2017 Winner: OLIVIA BIRCHENOUGH- Cinderella, Floral Pavillion, New Brighton.

BEST DOUBLE ACT: 2016/2017 Winner: THE KRANKIES- Dick Whittington Birmingham Hippodrome

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BEST UGLY SISTERS: 2016/2017 Winner: DEAN HORNER & OLIVER GRAY Cinderella Derby Arena

BEST MALE BADDIE: 2016/2017 Winner: TOM LISTER– Peter Pan Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

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Chris Jordan (producer)  accepts on behalf of Tom Lister

Sponsored by CME Personnel Consultancy

BEST FEMALE BADDIE: 2016/2017 Winner: SHARON D CLARKE– Sleeping Beauty Hackney Empire Theatre.

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Sharon D Clarke & Susie McKenna

BEST SUPPORTING MALE: 2016/2017 Winner: TOM CONNOR- Beauty & the Beast Liverpool Everyman

BEST PANTO FAIRY:     2016/2017 Winner: HANNAH POTTS– Cinderella Regent Theatre Stoke

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Hannah Potts

BEST NEWCOMER TO PANTO: 2016/2017 Winner: GILL JORDAN as ‘DOREEN TIPTON’ Aladdin, Wolverhampton Grand.

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At the end of the ceremony a very special award- The Lifetime Achievement Award for Panto went to this evening’s host- Panto Dame extraordinaire- CHRISTOPHER BIGGINS!

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