Two BBC One reality TV stars – I’d Do Anything finalist Rachel Tucker (pictured), now in the West End in We Will Rock You, and How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? runner-up Helena Blackman - are up for Best Performance in a Musical and Best Supporting Performance in a Musical for, respectively, The Wizard of Oz in Belfast and South Pacific on tour.
Amongst the other names in the running in this year’s awards are Brian Conley, Brenda Blethyn, Kathryn Evans, Tony Haygarth, Lee Hall, Steven Berkoff and Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Michael Boyd. In the Best Director category, Boyd - nominated for the eight-play Histories cycle, which transferred to London’s Roundhouse after Stratford-upon-Avon - goes head-to-head with Berkoff, who’s recognised for his adaptation of the Oscar-winning film On the Waterfront.
Two productions – The Children’s Hour at the Royal Exchange, Manchester and Phil Wilmott’s musical premiere Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi at the Liverpool Playhouse – have both received two nominations apiece. The Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse garnered three nods overall for its programming this year during the city’s reign as the European Capital of Culture.
The 2008 awards presentation will be held on Sunday 26 October 2008 at Hampstead Theatre. In considering the 13 awards categories – a new one, for lighting design, has been added this year - more than 1,000 productions were seen by the panel of some 150 regular theatregoers from across the country.
The Theatrical Management Association is a trade association that represents over 300 member organisations involved in the creation, presentation and management of professional theatre, opera and dance in the UK. Its annual awards were established in 1990. The TMA Awards were formerly known as the Barclays Awards, in honour of the high street banking group whose lead sponsorship ended four years ago. A separate set of awards, the TMA Management Awards, highlighting best practice in venue programming, marketing and customer services, were initiated in 2005.
- by Terri Paddock
The full list of 2008 TMA Theatre Awards nominations are as follows: