UK Theatre has announced the winners of the UK Theatre Awards 2016 – the only awards to honour outstanding achievement in performing, producing and management in theatres throughout the United Kingdom.
The award for Best Musical Production was shared by Sheffield Theatres’ productions of SHOW BOAT and FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS, both directed by Daniel Evans. Clare Burt, who played the titular Mrs Harris, received the award for Best Performance In A Musical while Rebecca Trehearn collected Best Supporting Performance for SHOW BOAT. Lez Brotherston also won Best Design for his work on the two musicals.
In the play categories, Best New Play went to CUTTIN’ IT by Charlene James, a Young Vic/Royal Court Theatre co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Sheffield Theatres and The Yard Theatre. The award for Best Performance In A Play was given to Paapa Essiedu for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of HAMLET.
Raz Shaw received the award for Best Director for WIT, a Royal Exchange Theatre production, while Best Touring Production was awarded to THE HERBAL BED which was directed by James Dacre and co-produced by Royal & Derngate Northampton, English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston.
Best Show For Children And Young People is THE HOBBIT, a The Dukes production which was performed outdoors in Williamson Park, Lancaster.
In the opera and dance categories, The Royal Opera and Guildhall School Of Music and Drama won for 4.48 PSYCHOSIS in association with the Lyric Hammersmith. The Achievement in Dance award was given to Gary Clarke for COAL.
The Mill at Sonning was announced as the overall winner of the public vote for UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre 2016 in association with Smooth Radio. Most Welcoming Theatre, which is the only award voted for by the public, is an unparalleled opportunity for audiences to celebrate their local theatre.
The £150,000 Clothworkers’ Theatre Award was given to Northern Stage, as part of the Foundation’s five year £1.25 million programme to support the dramatic arts. The award can be used for anything from capital works to sponsoring a touring production, but it must be used for a specific purpose and may not be added to the theatre’s general funds. A different region in England will be selected each year.
Ian McKellen received the award for Outstanding Contribution To British Theatre in recognition of his tireless work both in championing diversity and for his commitment to theatre, including touring productions, across the country. Vanessa Redgrave received the Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts in recognition of her unrivalled career on stage and screen.
In the awards for off-stage excellence, Northern Ballet won the Achievement in Marketing award, while The Renee Stepham Award For Best Presentation Of Touring Theatre went to Northern Stage. This year the award for Promotion Of Diversity was given to Belgrade Theatre. Diane Belding from Liverpool Empire Theatre was named Employee Or Manager Of The Year.
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 awards were presented at a ceremony at London’s historic Guildhall compèred by award-winning actor Lesley Manville, with a performance from Clare Burt and appearances from guest presenters including Dame Eileen Atkins, Owen Teale, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Stephanie Beacham, Don Warrington and Preeya Kalidas.
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.
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 (joint winner)
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, a co-production by Royal & Derngate Northampton, English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston
Best Show For Children And Young People
THE HOBBIT, a The Dukes production
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
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
Theatre Employee Or Manager Of The Year
Diane Belding – Liverpool Empire Theatre
Achievement In Marketing
The Renee Stepham Award For Best Presentation Of Touring Theatre
UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre in association with Smooth Radio
The Mill at Sonning
Outstanding Contribution To British Theatre
The Gielgud Award For Excellence In The Dramatic Arts