A panel of experts, pantomime and theatre academics, supported by group of theatre critics, MA drama and theatre students with assistance from members of the general public who have a passion for the genre will form the judging team.


The judges will have a joint understanding that;


  • A quality benchmark, with an understanding of what  qualities make an excellent pantomime.

  • A joint understanding that all pantomimes are made with the audience and community of each location in mind and to that end, this should form part of the discussions when making a judgement.


Each award is marked against a number of criteria, those hitting the highest marks will require extra detail and descriptions to assist our discussions as we shortlist and then decide an overall winner.


We are interested to hear from anyone who loves pantomime is willing to give up their time to watch some wonderful performances across the UK and be on the judging panel. Ideally you should have a great love or knowledge of pantomime and shouldn't be involved in this years season from a creative or producing point of view. All judges are volunteers and we appreciate the time you give up and will pay expenses where possible. Use the contact page if you would like to be considered as a judge for the 2016/2017 season where we will review the formula for our rewards ready for a full launch ready for the 2017/2018 season.




Judges (To be continued)


Simon Sladen

Founder of Panto Day, Simon is Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Simon is the man behind the National Database of Pantomime Performance and Panto Advice Page and is also Panto Editor for the British Theatre Guide.


Sam Munday-Webb

Joint founder of the Great British Pantomime Awards, currently working towards a PHD researching Pantomime as an art form. Sam is also Artist Director of Brackley Youth Theatre, Drama and Teaching Consultant and life long lover of Pantomime.


Millie Taylor

Professor of all things pantomime, Millie works at Winchester University and is author of the book Great British Pantomime. There isn't much Mille doesn't know about pantomime.


Daniel Dawson

Joint Founder of the Great British Pantomime Awards, Daniel originally founded the Pantomime Insider Awards which gained national attention in 2016 and has now come on board to establish the Great British Pantomime Awards.