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Robin Hood wins national accolade in the Great British Pantomime Awards 2018

Loughborough Town Hall and producers Little Wolf Entertainment have been celebrating as last year’s 5-star rated Robin Hood took home the award for Best Male Baddie for Lawrence Boothman’s portrayal of the Sheriff of Nottingham at this year’s Great British Pantomime Awards.

Hosted by pantomime royalty Christopher Biggins, Robin Hood was up against the cream of British pantomime talent, including venues such as the London Palladium and York Theatre Royal.

The Loughborough-based show, which had ticket sales of over 30,000 for the second consecutive year, received the top five-star rating from industry-leading newspaper The Stage for the third year in a row.

This accolade marks the first award for a Town Hall and Little Wolf Entertainment pantomime, and builds on the critical and box office success developed over the past 5 years of collaboration.

Robin Hood was also nominated in the categories of Best Special Effect and the prestigious Best Pantomime (venues under 750 seats), which were won by the London Palladium and Salisbury Playhouse respectively.

The awards were held at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London to celebrate all aspects of the genre, from performance and choreography to technical and costume.

Cllr Jenny Bokor, Lead Member for Loughborough said after the awards evening, “I am delighted to hear of the news that Robin Hood has been successful in this year’s Great British Pantomime Awards. Following Robin Hood’s impressive 5 star review, the third consecutive pantomime season at Loughborough Town Hall to have received this, to have been awarded Best Male Baddie is a testament to the skills of Mr Boothman and the year-round work undertaken by Little Wolf Entertainment and the Town Hall to ensure that the residents of Charnwood and beyond receive the one of highest quality pantomimes in the country.

“My congratulations go to Little Wolf Entertainment, Lawrence and the staff at Town Hall for this award and subsequent nominations and look forward to seeing the magic of Beauty and the Beast on stage later this year!”

Morgan Brind and Alan Bowles, Producers at Little Wolf Entertainment said “Lawrence is a very talented and hard-working actor and we are thrilled he has been recognised with this national award. It really is exciting to know that we are seeking out the very best of new and established talent and bringing them to the Town Hall. We will be making some exciting announcements for this year’s Beauty and the Beast soon, which promises to be our most spectacular pantomime yet!”