Theatre Awards UK 2012 nominations revealed

The nominations for Theatre Awards UK 2012, hosted by the Theatrical Management Association, have been announced.

Sweeney Todd has earned three nominations at this year’s awards, including two nominations in the Best Performance in a Musical category, nods having been given to both Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, and Best Musical Production. The revival has recently finished a run on the West End, having transferred from the Chichester Festival in 2011.

The prize for Best Show for Children and Young People will fought out between Newcastle-under-Lyme’s New Vic Theatre production of  Alice in Wonderland; Shona Reppe’s The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean, performed at Scotland’s new writing Traverse Theatre this August; and Something Very Far Away from Unicorn Theatre.

This year Theatre Awards UK are set to present their first public-voted prize, in association with The Stage, for Best Touring Production. Nominees include Curve Theatre’s The King and I and Swallows and Amazons from The Children’s Touring Partnership. Voting is open on The Stage‘s website until midnight on the 22 October.

The awards ceremony, which focuses on rewarding theatre work which takes place throughout the entirety of the UK, will take place on 28 October at London’s Guildhall.

The full list of nominations is available to view on the TMA website.

Theatre Awards UK 2011

Bertie Carvel in Matilda the Musical - winner of Best Performance in a Musical

Yesterday saw the Theatrical Management Association’s 2011 Theatre Awards UK take place at the Banqueting House, Whitehall. The awards, which were relaunched this year, honoured all aspects of the theatre world, from those on stage to the people excelling in the management and promotion of the theatres themselves.

The Stage Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre was awarded to Sir Peter Hall in recognition of his remarkable and immeasurable influence upon the shape of modern British theatre. The RSC’s Matilda the Musical – just about to start its run in London’s West End – received two awards – that of Best Performance in a Musical for Bertie Carvel playing Miss Trunchbull (pictured) and Best Musical Production.

Other successes included Edward Hall’s Propeller Productions, who were awarded Best Touring Production for Richard III and The Comedy of Errors, and Michael Sheen (currently starring as Hamlet at the Young Vic) who won the category of Best Director jointly with Bill Mitchell for their work on National Theatre Wales’ production of The Passion.

The award for Best Show for Children and Young People went to White, a Catherine Wheels production, which showed at Theatre Royal, Bath. The production is currently being performed in New York.

The Lyric, Hammersmith were recognised for the Achievement in Marketing, and the Theatre Royal, Stratford East were named Most Welcoming Theatre.