Imelda Staunton and Chichester Theatre’s spectacular revival of Gypsy leads the nominations for prestigious UK Theatre Awards 2015 it was revealed today.
Winners will be announced on October 18 at a ceremony at London’s historic Guildhall.
Julian Bird, chief executive of UK Theatre, said: “This year’s nominations recognise the vibrant, diverse and world leading theatre sector that exists here in the UK, across a broad range of venues, creative teams and performances.
“At this time when theatre is under continued threat due to cuts in funding it is important to demonstrate, to those making decisions about the future of arts funding in every town and city, that we continue to produce outstanding work on stages across the country.”
As well as established awards for both performance and management achievement, which is decided by expert panels, last year the Clothworkers’ Foundation launched its five year Theatre Award programme worth £750,000.
A single award of up to £150,000 will be presented each year to a regional producing theatre in England as part of a broader £1.25 million programme to support the dramatic arts.
The cash must be used for a specific purpose and may not be added to the theatre’s general funds. A different region in England is selected each year; this year’s recipient will be a venue in Yorkshire.
UK Theatre Awards 2015 Nominations
Best New Play
ANOTHER PLACE by D.C. Moore, a Theatre Royal Plymouth production IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT by Gary Owen, a Sherman Cymru production THE FATHER by Florian Zeller, translation by Christopher Hampton, a Theatre Royal Bath production.
Best Performance in a Play
Joel MacCormack for EACH HIS OWN WILDERNESS, an Orange Tree Theatre production Polly Lister for ABIGAIL’S PARTY, a Theatre By The Lake production Grant O’Rourke for THE VENETIAN TWINS, a Royal Lyceum Theatre production.
Best Supporting Performance
Alex Hassell for DEATH OF A SALESMAN, a Royal Shakespeare Company production Declan Conlon for DANCING AT LUGHNASA, a Lyric Theatre, Belfast production Justine Mitchell for FOR SERVICES RENDERED, a Chichester Festival Theatre production.
Best Musical Production
GYPSY directed by Jonathan Kent, a Chichester Festival Theatre production ANYTHING GOES directed by Daniel Evans, a Sheffield Theatres production in association with Stage Entertainment MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS directed by Terry Johnson, a Theatre Royal Bath production.
Best Performance in a Musical
Imelda Staunton for GYPSY, a Chichester Festival Theatre production Laura Pitt-Pulford for THE SOUND OF MUSIC, a Curve Theatre, Leicester production Ashley Day for OKLAHOMA!, a Music & Lyrics Ltd and Royal & Derngate production.
Best Show for Children and Young People
RUNNING WILD, a Chichester Festival Youth Theatre production WIND IN THE WILLOWS, a Chester Performs production THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 ¾ THE MUSICAL, a Curve Theatre, Leicester production.
Best Touring Production
TWELFTH NIGHT, an English Touring Theatre and Sheffield Theatres production YER GRANNY, a National Theatre of Scotland production ANNIE, a Michael Harrison and David Ian production.
Ned Bennett for POMONA, an Orange Tree Theatre production and for YEN a Royal Exchange Theatre production Mark Thomson for THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE, a Royal Lyceum Theatre production Max Stafford-Clark for CROUCH, TOUCH, PAUSE, ENGAGE, an Out of Joint, National Theatre Wales & Arcola Theatre, with Sherman Cymru production.
Dick Bird, Timothy Bird and Paul Keogan for THE HUDSUCKER PROXY, a Nuffield Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse in association with Complicite production Stewart Laing and Mimi Jordan Sherin for TITUS ANDRONICUS, a Dundee Rep production Leslie Travers and Tim Lutkin for REBECCA, a Kneehigh Theatre and Theatre Royal Plymouth production.
Achievement in Dance
Candoco Dance Company: For a terrifically entertaining revival of Jérôme Bel’s postmodern classic THE SHOW MUST GO ON New Adventures: For integrating professional and non-professional dancers in Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler’s engrossing LORD OF THE FLIES Yorke Dance Project: For FIGURE GROUND – inspired commissions embracing both past and future.
Achievement in Opera
Glyndebourne for an outstandingly well planned and performed season Opera North’s production of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Scottish Opera for Annilese Miskimmon’s production of JENŮFA, conducted by Stuart Stratford.