UK Theatre Awards – Sheffield Theatres double as Flowers For Mrs Harris and Show Boat share top musical prize

Mark Meadows as Albert Harris and Clare Burt as Ada Harris in Flowers For Mrs Harris. Credit Johan Persson

Mark Meadows and Clare Burt in the Sheffield Theatres’ Flowers For Mrs Harris. Picture: Johan Persson

Sheffield Theatres productions Flowers For Mrs Harris and Show Boat have shared the honours in the Best Musical Production category at the UK Theatre Awards today (Sunday 9 October).

The double triumph was especially sweet for the shows’ director Daniel Evans who earlier this year left his post as artistic director of Sheffield Theatres after seven successful years to take up his new role at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

Clare Burt, the star of Evans’ last Sheffield Theatres production Flowers For Mrs Harris also took home the award for Best Performance in a Musical at the glittering ceremony at London’s Guildhall.

Leading theatre designer Lez Brotherston also added to his award haul by taking home the award for Best Design for his work on both Flowers For Mrs Harris and Show Boat, while Show Boat’s Rebecca Trehearn was another winner in the Best Supporting Performance category.

The ceremony, which was compered by award-winning actor Lesley Manville, featured a performance from award-winner Burt and appearances from guest presenters including Eileen Atkins, Owen Teale, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Stephanie Beacham, Don Warrington and Preeya Kalidas.

Commenting on the event, Fiona Allan, President of UK Theatre, said: “The UK Theatre Awards celebrate the world class theatre that is performed on stages across the country and demonstrates the breadth and depth of outstanding talent. It is also important that we recognise the venues and the teams that run them. As centres of artistic and creative excellence, our local theatres are a vital part of all our communities.”

The full list of UK Theatre Awards 2016 winners:

Best New Play
Cuttin’ It by Charlene James, a Young Vic/Royal Court Theatre co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Sheffield Theatres and The Yard Theatre

Best Musical Production
Flowers For Mrs Harris, directed by Daniel Evans, a Sheffield Theatres production
Show Boat, directed by Daniel Evans, a Sheffield Theatres production

Best Touring Production
The Herbal Bed, directed by James Dacre, an English Touring Theatre, Royal & Derngate Northampton and Rose Theatre Kingston production

Rebecca Trehearn as Julie La Verne in Show Boat. Sheffield Theatres. Credit Johan Persson.

Award-winner Rebecca Trehearn in Show Boat. Picture: Johan Persson

Best Show For Children And Young People
The Hobbit, a Dukes production

Best Director
Raz Shaw for Wit, a Royal Exchange Theatre production

Best Performance in a Play
Paapa Essiedu for Hamlet, a Royal Shakespeare Company production

Best Performance in a Musical
Clare Burt for Flowers For Mrs Harris, a Sheffield Theatres Production

Best Supporting Performance
Rebecca Trehearn for Show Boat, a Sheffield Theatres production

Best Design
Lez Brotherston for Flowers For Mrs Harris and Show Boat, a Sheffield Theatres productions

Achievement in Opera
The Royal Opera and Guildhall School of Music and Drama for 4.48 Psychosis in association with the Lyric Hammersmith

Achievement in Dance
Gary Clarke for Coal

Promotion of Diversity
Belgrade Theatre

UK Theatre Insurance Award For Theatre Employee or Manager of the Year
Diane Belding, Liverpool Empire Theatre

Achievement in Marketing
Northern Ballet

The Renee Stepham Award For Best Presentation of Touring Theatre
Northern Stage

UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre Award in association with Smooth Radio
The Mill at Sonning

Clothworkers’ Award
Northern Stage

Outstanding Conribution To British Theatre
Ian McKellen

The Gielgud Award For Excellence in the Dramatic Arts
Vanessa Redgrave

The UK Theatre Awards are supported by a number of major organisations involved in theatre across the UK including Harbottle & Lewis, Theatre Tokens, White Light, John Good and Smooth Radio.

Angela Thomas

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