A number of the awards, which were announced this afternoon (30 October) at a lunchtime ceremony at Banqueting House hosted by ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, went to touring productions, including Propeller’s stagings of Richard III and The Comedy of Errors and the Globe’s Shakespeare’s Globe On Tour initiative.
In the acting categories, Derek Jacobi’s performance as King Lear at the Donmar Warehouse won Best Performance in a Play, while Claire Price scooped the award for Best Supporting Performance for The Pride at the Sheffield Crucible.
The musical awards were both picked up by the Royal Shakespeare Company for Matilda The Musical, which won Best Musical Production and Best Performance in a Musical for Bertie Carvel for his turn as headmistress Miss Trunchbull.
Other winners included Mike Bartlett’s Love, Love, Love, which won Best New Play, and Michael Sheen and Bill Mitchell, who won Best Director for their epic production of The Passion for the newly formed National Theatre of Wales.
And veteran theatre director Peter Hall, former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre, was also honoured with the Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre.
President of the Theatrical Management Association, Rachel Tackley, said: “The Theatre Awards UK reflect a year of outstanding creativity and production excellence. British theatre is a shining light in the continuing recessionary gloom – something we can all be proud of. Congratulations to all the winners and the huge theatre community who collaborated in creating our wonderful productions.”
The Theatre Awards UK are the first of several major awards to be handed out in the coming months, including the Evening Standard Awards, Critics' Circle, Oliviers and our own Whatsonstage.com Awards - nominations for which open this week (1 November 2011).
The full list of Theatre Awards UK 2011 winners:
Derek Jacobi for KING LEAR: A Donmar Warehouse production at the Grand Opera House, Belfast and on tour
Claire Price for THE PRIDE: A Sheffield Theatres production at the Crucible, Sheffield
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE: a Theatre Royal, Plymouth and Paines Plough production at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth and on tour
WHITE: a Catherine Wheels production on tour
MATILDA THE MUSICAL directed by Matthew Warchus: an RSC production at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
RICHARD III and THE COMEDY OF ERRORS directed by Edward Hall: both Propeller productions, on tour
HAPPY DAYS designed by Lizzie Clachan, lighting design by Natasha Chivers: A Sheffield Theatres production at Sheffield Studio
Michael Sheen and Bill Mitchell for THE PASSION a National Theatre Wales/Wild Works co-production
Bertie Carvel for MATILDA at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
New Adventures for Matthew Bourne’s CINDERELLA
MUSIC THEATRE WALES for its production of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek
Theatre Royal Stratford East
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
John Titcombe of Salisbury Playhouse
Nick Jones of New Vic Theatre
Sir Peter Hall