Sheffield Theatres nominated for five UK Theatre Awards

Sheffield Theatres nominated for five UK Theatre Awards

26 September 2013

Sheffield Theatres is delighted to announce several productions from its autumn 2012 and spring 2013 seasons have been nominated for this year’s UK Theatre Awards.

Sheffield Theatres has been nominated in four different categories: Best New Play, Best Supporting Performance, Best Musical Production and Best Touring Production.

The sensational sell-out production of My Fair Lady is nominated for Best Musical Production. This well-loved musical follows the blossoming of an unlikely romance between a flower girl and a professor. Starring Dominic West (Othello, The Wire) and Carly Bawden (Whistle Down The Wind, Evita), the show ran from December 2012 to January 2013 and was directed by Sheffield Theatres’ Artistic Director, Daniel Evans.

A second nomination in the category of Best Musical Production goes to This Is My Family, Tim Firth’s new musical comedy about the unlikely restoration of a dysfunctional family, which was also directed by Daniel Evans. This uplifting show, which is told from the perspective of Nicky, a thirteen year old girl who is desperate to keep her family from falling apart, sees Siân Phillips (I, Claudius, Marlene, Inspector Lewis) nominated in the Best Supporting Performance category for her role as May, the devoutly religious grandmother of the teenage protagonist.

Mike Bartlett’s Bull, performed in the Crucible Studio in February 2013, has been nominated for Best New Play. This hard-hitting piece of theatre was the follow-up to Bartlett’s debut work, Cock, and focused on the brutality of workplace bullying in the cut-throat world of office politics.

Finally, Sheffield Theatres’ production of The Full Monty, written by Simon Beaufoy and directed by Daniel Evans, has been nominated for Best Touring Production. After a hugely successful opening run at the Lyceum in February 2013, this hilarious and heart-warming story of six unemployed steelworkers toured extensively to packed theatres across the UK.

Speaking about the nominations, Daniel Evans, Artistic Director said: ‘I am thrilled that Sheffield Theatres has been nominated for five awards in this year’s UK Theatre Awards – and it’s particularly edifying to receive nominations for a whole range of work, including two new plays, a new musical and a musical revival. I’m also delighted that Siân Phillips has been recognised for her extraordinary performance in Tim Firth’s This Is My Family. These are challenging times for regional theatres and the need to recognise and celebrate our work is more important than ever. The UK Theatre Awards do just that.’

This year, for the first time, the UK Theatre Awards includes the My Theatre Matters Most Welcoming Theatre award in association with Classic FM. This category is open to a public vote via http://www.mytheatrematters.com/surveys/yorkshire-humberside. Voting for this award will close on Monday 30 September.

The UK Theatre Awards will again be presented at the Guildhall, a magnificent medieval landmark in the heart of London, on Sunday 20 October 2013.

For more information visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk