Arts Derbyshire


Derby’s Morgan Brind wins Best Dame in national pantomime awards

Little Wolf Entertainment’s Morgan Brind has been crowned the winner of Best Dame award in this year’s UK Pantomime Association Awards. Morgan received the win for his part as Nurse Nancy Nightly in Sleeping Beauty at Derby Arena.

Morgan’s outstanding performances, combined with his wit and excellent comedy timing, have helped to make him a firm favourite with Derby pantomime audiences. Sleeping Beauty enjoyed success last Christmas, helping over 26,000 people enjoy returning to the theatre after the pandemic brought the production to a halt at Christmas 2020.

Morgan was nominated for the Best Dame award alongside other talented performers such as Andrew Pollard, John Elkington, May McFettridge and Quinn Patrick.

This year saw no shortage of recognition at The UK Pantomime Association Awards for Derby LIVE and Little Wolf Entertainment, who have been working in partnership since 2017.  Morgan also received a nomination for Best Set Design for his impressive sets in Sleeping Beauty.

Dame Morgan Brind said, “I’m beyond surprised and absolutely delighted to have won Best Dame in this year’s UK Pantomime Association Awards. Thanks to all who were involved in Sleeping Beauty. It’s been a challenging time for theatre, so it’s an extra special honour for all nominees’ work to be recognised.”

This year Morgan will be back as Widow Twankey in our high-flying action-packed Aladdin. With spellbinding performances, spectacular sets, breath-taking special effects, and mountains of mayhem, the award-winning team will be on hand to grant all your festive wishes in this adventure for the whole family.

Join us as we whisk you away to the town of Shangri-La where Aladdin and his mother, Widow Twankey, dream of a better life. However, lurking in the shadows, the wicked sorcerer Abanazar has his heart set on world domination. It’s down to Aladdin, with a bit of help from his faithful friend Marmaduke the monkey, to save the day. Join us for a globe-trotting action-packed adventure where the caves are full of surprises and even the genies have been bottling things up for a bit.

Buy your tickets before 1 Jun 2022 and take advantage of our Early bird offer, saving £2 on your ticket.

Aladdin will be at Derby Arena from Fri 9 – Sat 31 Dec 2022. Tickets can be purchased through the Derby LIVE Box Office on 01332 255800 or online at Tickets can also be purchased at the Sales and Information Centre, Riverside Chambers, Full Street, Derby DE1 3AF.

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