The judging team will be made up of a panel of over 20 experts comprising pantomime and theatre academics, current and retired theatre performers and creatives and critics all who have a strong passion, understanding and knowledge of pantomime.

The judges will have a joint understanding;


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

  • 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  and 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 shoul not be involved in this year's season from a creative or producing point of view. All judges are volunteers and we appreciate the time they give up.


Applications are now closed for the 2017/2018 season. judging applciations will open again in Spring of 2018.




Head Judges


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.