The Mackintosh Foundation - a charity set up by theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh to promote and develop theatrical, musical and dramatic arts - has pledged £3,000 over the next three years towards the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS).

In addition, the CATS has received donations of £500 a year until 2012 from technical services company Northern Light, who will specifically support the award for Best Technical Production, and advertising and design agency Guy Robertson Partnership, who will sponsor the award for Best Actor. The ceremony will also be sponsored by catering company Appetite Direct and arts and entertainments publication The List.  

Now in its eighth year, the event celebrates the actors, directors, playwrights and other artists who have made the most thrilling contributions to Scottish theatre over the past year and will be held for a second time at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh on Sunday 13 June at 3pm. The ceremony is open to the public with tickets priced at £15 including live entertainment, drinks and light refreshments.  

Co-convenor of the CATS Awards, Scotman critic Joyce McMillan, said: “We are delighted to have the support of the Mackintosh Foundation, which will put the future of the CATS awards on a much more secure footing. The aims of the Foundation in promoting and encouraging theatre coincide exactly with those of the awards, and we are thrilled to be associated with the Foundation in this way.”  

Previous winners, including The Wonderful World of Dissocia (2005), Black Watch (2007), Blackbird (2007) and Peer Gynt (2008), have gone on to be staged across the world to critical and public acclaim, while individuals such as David Tennant, who won the Best Actor Award in 2005,  have gone on achieve national fame and recognition for their work.