King’s Cinders nommed in panto awards

Feb 12 2018 | By More

Cinderella gets two nods in panto awards

Cinderella, the 2017/18 Edinburgh King’s pantomime, has received two nominations in the Great British Pantomime Awards – for its script and its baddie.

In what must be seen as the most panto of twists to the whole awards, Grant Stott’s Hibernia is up for Best Female Baddie. Writers Michael Harrison and Allan Stewart have also been nominated in the Best Script category.

Grant Stott as Hibernia Hardup with Clare Gray and Maureen Carr. Pic: Douglas Robertson

The awards are in their second year and designed to celebrate all things panto across 25 different categories, from best Fairy (Elaine C Smith is among this years nominations) to best costumes (including a nod for Alison Brown at the Macrobert in Stirling).

Grant Stott told Æ: “I’m really thrilled, and very surprised, to be nominated! Not least because of the category: Female Baddie.

“I love that, it is SO Panto! Hibernia was such great fun to play.”

With five nominees in each category, Stott’s evil stepmother, Edinburgh radge Hibernia, is up against some pretty hot competition.

nippy sweetie

There’s EastEnders star Carli Norris, comedian Vikki Stone’s Squire Fleshcreep at the Lyric Hammersmith – although she surely should be in the male baddie category. Not to forget musical theatre superstar Elaine Paige at the London Palladium and early Pop Idol contestant Zoe Birkett.

“I loved making Hibernia such a nippy sweetie,” Stott adds. “Genuinely, I’m just delighted to be nominated. And alongside Ms Elaine Paige? How did that happen!”

The best script award will see Allan Stewart – Edinburgh’s long-term dame – and Michael Harrison who also directs the show, up against competition which includes Daniel Buckroyd the artistic director of the Colchester Mercury for his Snow White and Alan McHugh and David McGillivray for their take on Dick Whittington at the London Palladium.

Stott added: “Knowing how hard Michael and Allan work on our script all year round I’m particularly pleased they’ve been nominated too.

“It is such a lovely surprise that really tops off one of the best years I’ve had in panto.”

The awards will be presented on April 15 at London’s New Wimbledon Theatre, in a ceremony hosted by Christopher Biggins.

Grant Stott will return to the Edinburgh King’s with Allan Stewart and Andy Gray in Beauty and the Beast, opening on Saturday 1 December 2018 and running through to January 20.

Listing and links

Beauty and the Beast
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ.
Saturday 1 December 2017 – Sunday 20 January 2018
Tue – Sat: 2pm & 7pm; Sundays 1pm & 5pm; Mondays 24 & 31 Dec: 1pm & 5pm.
No performances Thurs 20 Dec. No matinee performances 17 & 18 Jan.
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Great British Pantomime Awards:
On Facebook: @GBPantoAwards.
On Twitter: @GBPantoAwards.


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