UK Theatre has announced the nominations for the UK Theatre Awards 2015, the only awards which celebrate outstanding achievement in theatre throughout the United Kingdom.
The Awards will be presented on Sunday 18 October at a ceremony at London’s historic Guildhall, a magnificent medieval Grade 1 listed landmark building situated in the City of London. Details of the compere for the event and other special guests will be announced in due course.
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 are 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. Although the award can be used for anything from capital works to sponsoring a touring production, it 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.
The public vote for My Theatre Matters! Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2015 in association with Smooth Radio will close at 12 noon on Friday 25 September. For more information visit www.mytheatrematters.com/vote-now.
UK Theatre Awards 2015 Nominations (musical theatre related)
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
Further details about UK Theatre and the UK Theatre Awards can be found at www.uktheatre.org/awards.