Nominations announced for UK Theatre Awards 2019

Nominations announced for the UK Theatre Awards 2019

The list of nominees has been revealed for this year’s UK Theatre Awards, the only nationwide awards to honour and celebrate outstanding achievements in theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.    

  • Best New Play nominees are Laura Wade’s The Watsons, Ulster American by David Ireland and Life Of Pi, adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti from Yann Martel’s novel
  • Best Musical Production nominees are Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome co-production The Color Purple, Sheffield Theatres’ Standing At The Sky’s Edge and the Royal Exchange Theatre’s West Side Story
  • Four Nominations for Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, and four for Yann Martel’s Life Of Pi at Sheffield Theatres
  • Mix of established performers (Mark Gatiss, Jenna Russell, Rebecca Trehearn) and rising talent (Kudzai Sitima, Emmanuel Kojo, Jocasta Almgill) nominated in acting categories
  • Atri Banerjee for Hobson’s Choice, Katie Posner for My Mother Said I Never Should and Max Webster for Life Of Pi nominated for Best Director
The full list of nominations is available here.

The winners will be announced on Sunday 27 October, during a lunchtime ceremony at London’s Guildhall.

Julian Bird, Chief Executive of UK Theatre, said:

‘The UK’s performing arts scene has never been more multifaceted, and this year’s nominations reflect an unprecedented variety of creative voices, bringing to life a broad spectrum of stories on stages around the country. It is fantastic to see so much new and rising talent among the nominees, and we look forward to bringing the industry together in celebration at the UK Theatre Awards.’

This year’s nominations are split into new ‘On Stage’ and ‘Off Stage’ categories, as part of a refresh of the Awards to reflect the contemporary priorities of the UK’s theatre industry. As part of this, UK Theatre members now have more involvement in the nomination process, can put forward shows and individuals for nomination and can submit an application for an Off Stage award.

Nominations for the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre were announced last month as the New Vic (Newcastle-under-Lyme), Storyhouse (Chester) and the Young Vic (London). The winner, decided this year by a panel of judges, will be announced at the ceremony.

The recipient of this year’s Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre Award will be announced soon. 

The UK Theatre Awards are sponsored by:

Harbottle Lewis, Integro Entertainment & Sport, John Good, SeatGeek, Theatre Tokens, White Light.

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Date Published: 25 September 2019
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