Georgian Theatre panto star shortlisted for award

Marcus Jones as Jimmy ‘Prince’ Charming is pictured in The Georgian Theatre Royal’s production of ‘Rapunzel’.

Marcus Jones who played Jimmy ‘Prince’ Charming in the Georgian Theatre Royal’s festive production of Rapunzel has been shortlisted for an award in the equivalent of the UK pantomime Oscars.

The nominee shortlist has been announced today by the UK Pantomime Association ahead of their 2024 annual awards ceremony to be held on 18 June at G Live in Guildford.

This is the second time that Marcus has made the award’s shortlist having been nominated for Best Newcomer in 2022 when he burst onto the Richmond stage as George Gaston in Beauty and the Beast.

He went on to take the title role in the Georgian’s production of Pinocchio in 2023.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Marcus has been nominated for this prestigious award,” said Georgian Theatre Royal CEO, Jo Mawhinney, who was also production coordinator for Pinocchio.

“Marcus who played Rapunzel’s love interest was one of a multi-talented cast of five who worked so well together to bring the much-loved fairytale to life.

“Richmond may only have a small cast compared to some of the region’s bigger pantomimes but each person is carefully chosen and they always give their absolute best to making the Georgian’s production so legendary.”

Undoubtedly an up-and-coming actor, Marcus is skilled in both acting, music and dancing. He holds a degree in music from Royal Holloway, University of London and trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

His pantomime hat-trick on the Georgian stage has meant that he spent the last three Christmases in Richmond.

Founded in 2021, the UK Pantomime Association (UKPA) is a charity that explores, shares and celebrates pantomime by investigating the genre’s rich past, engaging with contemporary practice and inspiring the future. During the 2023-24 pantomime season, the third year in which the Awards have taken place, UKPA’s 70 judges had their biggest year ever, collectively visiting 259 venues to see over 728 performances, far and wide across the United Kingdom.

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s pantomime, Treasure Island, which runs from Wednesday, December 4 2024 until Sunday, January 5, 2025.

Visit www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk for online bookings or call the Box Office on 01748 825252.