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Spotlight On: The Tickets.com Best Regional Production Award

As part of our 'Spotlight On:' series, we take a closer look at the nominees in the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Regional Production.

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Sponsored by Tickets.com, the WhatsOnStage award for Best Regional Production has, in previous years, been won by American Idiot (on tour), Sweeney Todd (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Chess (on tour).

This year, the shortlist is made up of three musicals, two Shakespeare's and features an incredible lineup of talent including David Tennant, Matthew Kelly and Kenneth Branagh.

Which production will you vote for? Below we take a closer look at the nominees to help you make your choice.

Remember to head over to the voting page to have your say.


1. Macbeth at the Manchester International Festival

Starring Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston, Manchester International Festival's Macbeth has been described as "a Macbeth which will go down as one of the Scottish Play's great revivals" by the Daily Telegraph.

Is this a winner I see before me? Vote for Macbeth as your favourite here.


2. My Fair Lady at Sheffield Crucible

Adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play and Gabriel Pascal's motion picture Pygmalion, My Fair Lady received five star reviews galore with The Independent calling it "dazzling" with "an ensemble of striking excellence". Read our own 5 star review here.

Wouldn't it be loverly for Sheffield Crucible to win? Vote for My Fair Lady today.


3. Richard II - RSC at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The first production in a new cycle of Shakespeare's History plays at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Richard II was described in our review as a "complex, rolling, many-splendoured drama".

Starring David Tennant, the production has since transferred to the Barbican Centre where it runs until 25 January.

Is Tennant the one 'Who' you want? Vote for Richard II today.


4. The Prodigals at the Belgrade, Coventry

The Prodigals began its life at The Edinburgh Festival before moving onto the The Belgrade with celebrated West End actor, Simon Bowman leading the cast.

Critics described it as "a night of raw emotion" and "an intensely moving story."

If you think the prodigal son should return, vote for The Prodigals today!


5. To Sir, With Love at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton & on tour

Based on E R Braithwaite's autobiography, To Sir, With Love is the story of Ricky Braithwaite, an ex-RAF fighter pilot and Cambridge graduate who arrives in London in 1948.

Starring Matthew Kelly, the Royal & Derngate production was described by Michael Coveney as a "stark and engaging stage version" in his review for WhatsOnStage.

If Kelly's headmaster puts the star in your eyes, make sure you vote To Sir, With Love for the Tickets.com Best Regional Production.


Who will get your vote? Head on over to the voting page now to have your say.

Here are the current standings as of 19 December.

Tags: RSCMacbethRichard IIWhatsOnStage AwardsMy Fair LadyManchester International FestivalThe ProdigalsTo Sir With LoveRoyal & DerngateRoyal Shakespeare TheatreBelgradeSheffield CrucibleBest Regional Production


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