Panto award success for Lighthouse star Chris Jarvis

CHRIS Jarvis, who co-wrote, directed and played the title role of Dick Whittington, last year’s family pantomime at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre, was named Best Principal Boy in the Great British Panto Awards, hosted by Christopher Biggins.

Chris, who saw off competition from three Peter Pans and an Aladdin, dedicated his award to “all the panto widows and widowers who don’t see very much of us at Christmas while we go off and have fun. Panto is most definitely a team sport and relies on absolutely everyone giving their all and working together.”

Dick Whittington was also nominated as Pantomime of the Year (venues under 750 seats) but lost out to Snow White at Stevenage.

Elspeth McBain, the Lighthouse chief executive, said: “Not only was Chris a brilliant principal boy, but he delivered a sparkling script and directed a panto that our family audiences absolutely loved.”

This year’s Poole  pantomime will be Jack and the Beanstalk, running from Thursday 12th December and running until Sunday 5th January. For more information visit