Judges Wanted for 2001 UK Theatre AwardsDate: 15 June 2000
The Barclays Theatre Awards, presented annually by the Theatrical Management Association (TMA), is looking for more than 100 keen theatregoers to become regional judges for the Awards in 2001. Application forms will be circulated in hundreds of theatres all over Britain this month with a closing date of 7 July 2000. Any regular theatregoer, from anywhere in the country, is welcome to apply - the main criterion is a commitment to see and submit reports on as many shows as possible in the course of the judging period.
Free theatre tickets for a whole year will be made available to each of the successful applicants. Panellists will assess productions at their local theatres throughout the judging year - 1 September 2000 to 31 August 2001 - and submit their regular reports to the central Awards office in London. A list of nominees will be drawn up in September - with categories including those such as Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Musical, Best Director and Best Show for Children and Young People. Productions at over 160 theatres throughout the UK are eligible for the Awards
The Barclays Theatre Awards are the only UK-wide awards committed to celebrating the very best in regional theatre, from the quality of the productions and performances to the front-of-house of the theatres themselves. Last year's winners included Simon Gray's The Late Middle Classes (Best New Play), Paul Rhys (Best Actor for Hamlet at the Young Vic), Sir Ian McKellen (Best Supporting Actor for The Seagull at the West Yorkshire Playhouse) and the Derby Playhouse (Most Welcoming Theatre).
Nominations for the 2000 awards will be announced in late September and the awards presented at a ceremony held in London in October.