The awards, previously known as the TMA's, are the only nationwide awards for excellence in regional theatre, honouring “outstanding work seen on stages throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland”.
This year's nominees include Derek Jacobi for his performance in King Lear, which toured nationally following its run at the Donmar Warehouse, and Clarke Peters for his Theatre Royal Stratford East revival of Five Guys Named Moe.
The Best Musical category features three heavyweights - Sheffield Theatres' Me and My Girl, the RSC's Matilda the Musical and CFT's Singin' in the Rain. Me and My Girl and Matilda also feature in the acting categories, with Jemima Rooper and Bertie Carvel nominated respectively.
For the first time the awards will jointly celebrate performance and management success, which had previously been recognised at two separate events. The winners across all categories will be announced at a lunchtime ceremony at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, on 30 October 2011, compèred by ventriloquist Paul Zerdin.
Julian Bird, chief executive of the TMA said: “The nominations for the 2011 Theatre Awards UK demonstrate the strength and excellence of theatre, dance and opera throughout the UK. From new plays to innovative site specific theatre to some truly outstanding performances, all are represented in this year's shortlists.”
The full list of nominees for the Theatre Awards UK 2011:
Best Performance in a Play
Marianne Oldham for The Years Between: a Royal & Derngate, Northampton production at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton
David Haig for The Madness of George III: a Peter Hall Company production at the Theatre Royal, Bath and on tour
Derek Jacobi for King Lear: a Donmar Warehouse production at the Grand Opera House, Belfast and on tour
Best Supporting Performance
Kenneth Alan Taylor for The Price: an Octagon Theatre Bolton, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough and Hull Truck Theatre production on tour
Clarke Peters for Five Guys Named Moe: a Theatre Royal Stratford East production at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East
Claire Price for The Pride: A Sheffield Theatres production at the Crucible, Sheffield
Best New Play
Love, Love, Love: a Theatre Royal, Plymouth and Paines Plough production at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth and on tour
Mogadishu: a Royal Exchange, Manchester production at the Royal Exchange, Manchester and on tour.
Herding Cats: a Theatre Royal, Bath production in the Ustinov Studio
Best Show for Children and Young People
White: a Catherine Wheels production at the Theatre Royal, Bath
Swallows and Amazons: a Bristol Old Vic production at the Bristol Old Vic
The Monsters in the Hall: a Citizens Theatre, Glasgow and on tour
Best Musical Production
Me and My Girl directed Anna Mackmin: a Sheffield Theatres production at the Crucible, Sheffield
Matilda the Musical directed by Matthew Warchus: an RSC production at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Singin' In The Rain directed by Jonathan Church: a Chichester Festival Theatre production at Chichester Festival Theatre
Best Touring Production
The Tempest directed by Declan Donnellan a Chekhov International Festival and Cheek By Jowl production, on tour
Richard III and The Comedy of Errors directed by Edward Hall: both Propeller productions, on tour
The Big Fellah directed by Max Stafford-Clark: an Out of Joint and Lyric Hammersmith production on tour
Erica Wyman for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? A Sheffield Theatres and Northern Stage co-production at Sheffield Theatres and Northern Stage
Muriel Romanes for Age of Arousal: a co-production between Stellar Quines and the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, on tour
Best Performance in a Muscial
Tony Hasnath for The Jungle Book: at Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Jemima Rooper for Me and My Girl: A Sheffield Theatres production at the Crucible, Sheffield
Bertie Carvel for Matilda at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Outstanding Achievement in Dance
New Adventures for an outstanding revision of Cinderella
Luca Silvestrini’s Protein Dance for LOL - an ingenious multi-media blending of choreography with text
Hofesh Shechter’s Political Mother – a powerful piece by a choreographer on a controversial theme
Outstanding Achievement in Opera
Opera North for the variety of its repertoire this season
Music Theatre Wales for its production of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek
Gerald Finley for his performance as Hans Sachs in Glyndebourne Festival's production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
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