THEATRE Royal Winchester's production of Dick Whittington has received two nominations in the Great British Pantomime Awards 2020.

It is now in the running to win the Best Script and the Best Female Supporting Role categories.

The popular show was written by James Barry – his 15th for the theatre. He has already started work on the venue’s 2020/21 pantomime, Aladdin.

Last year he, and composer Simon Slater, received a nomination for the Musical Achievement Award, for their original score for the theatre’s 2018/19 production, Beauty and the Beast.

They have worked together as part of the creative team on the theatre’s last 11 productions.

Jessie Angell, who received a nomination for the Best Supporting Female Role award, played Dick Whittington’s Cat and celebrated her pantomime debut in the show.

The judging team – which includes industry professionals – watched countless productions put on by venues across the UK, over the festive season and in to January.

The nominations were announced online on Sunday 16 February.

Winners will be revealed on Sunday 26 April 2020.

This is the third year running that the theatre’s pantomime has been nominated in the prestigious awards.

In 2018, actor Ed Thorpe received a nomination for Best Songsheet Performance in the theatre’s production of Peter Pan.

Ed played the character of Smee, which was also his first ever pantomime role.

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s festive show which runs from November 28 to January 3 2021.

Tickets are available online or through the box office on 01962 840440.