This year’s Epsom Playhouse pantomime, Peter Pan, has beaten stiff competition to be awarded ‘best show’ in the national Great British Pantomime Awards.

Produced by Spillers Pantomimes, Peter Pan played to packed audiences and was the most popular panto ever staged at the Epsom Playhouse.

Councillor Barry Nash, Chair of the council’s Community and Wellbeing Committee, said “We are absolutely thrilled that the Epsom Playhouse has been recognised with one of the industry’s highest accolades. This has been a real boost for the backstage and front of house teams at this difficult time as well as for our wonderful volunteers.

“The success of our commercial shows enables the council to support community activities at the Playhouse. The large audiences attending good quality shows like Peter Pan also generate valuable business for local restaurants bars and shops.

“Our loyal audiences and community are what make the Epsom Playhouse special and we're looking forward to welcoming you back just as soon as we can”.

The judging team visited over 200 pantomimes across the country during December and January, visiting in excess of 750 performances. The judging panel included current and retired industry professionals; theatre academics as well as media and communications professionals. The performances were marked against a number of criteria and quality benchmarks.