Winners Announced for UK Theatre Awards 2018

Winners Announced for UK Theatre Awards 2018

  • Four wins for Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre including Best Director for Sarah Frankcom and Best New Play for The Almighty Sometimes
  • The Assassination of Katie Hopkins wins Best Musical Production
  • Accolades for Denise Black, Ashley Zhangazha and Gemma Dobson
  • Maxine Peake and Richard Eyre receive honorary achievement awards
  • The Mill at Sonning crowned UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre
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Maxine Peake, UK Theatre Awards 2018. Photo: Pamela Raith Photography

This year’s UK Theatre Awards winners were revealed today (Sunday 14 October) in a lunchtime  ceremony at London’s Guildhall.    

The Awards were hosted by Olivier-nominated musical theatre performer Tyrone Huntley, and presenters included Wendi Peters, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Ria Jones, Matt Cardle, Emma Williams and Michael Ellis MP.

Actor and writer Maxine Peake was honoured with an Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre award, presented by producer Conrad Lynch and the Artistic Director of Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, Sarah Frankcom. Director Richard Eyre received the Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts, presented by Ian McKellen.

Accepting the Gielgud Award, Richard Eyre said: ‘I’m constantly bewildered by the fact that local authorities and government can’t see what an extraordinary, unique asset theatre is [...]’. He also praised Ian McKellen, who presented the award, as ‘a wonderful actor and a very good friend and the natural artistic son of John Gielgud’.

Receiving her Outstanding Contribution Award, Maxine Peake said: ‘People keep saying to me, “you’ve given so much to regional theatre” - I haven’t given anything, it’s given it to me; it’s allowed me to do the work I want to do, and that is mainly down to Sarah Frankcom and her bravery and her belief in me’.

Maxine Peake also revealed that Richard Eyre had been instrumental in giving her an early start in the industry, as part of the panel which gave her a scholarship to drama school.

For videos and images from the day, visit the UK Theatre Awards' page here.



Best New Play

THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES by Kendall Feaver, a Royal Exchange Theatre production


Best Musical Production   

THE ASSASSINATION OF KATIE HOPKINS directed by James Grieve, a Theatr Clwyd production


Best Touring Production    

THREE SISTERS, a RashDash and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production


Best Show for Children and Young People

THE LITTLE MERMAID directed by Emma Earle and Cameron Carver, a The Egg – Theatre Royal Bath and Pins and Needles co-production ________________________________________________________________________

Best Director       

Sarah Frankcom for OUR TOWN, a Royal Exchange Theatre production


Best Design       

Morgan Large for WONDERLAND, a Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company production


Richard Eyre       

Denise Black for THE CHERRY ORCHARD, a Sherman Theatre production _______________________________________________________________________

Best Performance in a Musical   

Ashley Zhangazha for GUYS AND DOLLS, a Royal Exchange Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company co-production


Best Supporting Performance

Gemma Dobson for RITA, SUE AND BOB TOO, a Royal Court, Out of Joint and Octagon Theatre, Bolton production


Achievement in Dance

Northern Ballet for its bold and varied programming, particularly THE LITTLE MERMAID and its Kenneth MacMillan tribute


Clothworkers’ Theatre Award

Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch


Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre

Maxine Peake


Achievement in Opera

David Pountney and Tomáš Hanus for their artistic leadership of Welsh National Opera


The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre

Scottish Ballet


Theatre Employee of the Year sponsored by Integro in Association with Chubb

Clare Lindsay – The Watermill Theatre


Promotion of Diversity

Birmingham Repertory Theatre


Achievement in Marketing/Audience Development

The Old Vic


UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre

The Mill at Sonning


Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts

Richard Eyre     

Date Published: 14 October 2018
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