Amonst the winners were new writing company Paines Plough who were awarded the prize for Special Achievement in Regional Theatre, Maggie Steed who was awarded the prize for Best Performance for her role in the West Yorkshire Playhouse's production of Noël Coward's Hay Fever and Out of Joint artistic director Max Stafford-Clark who was presented with the TMA's Special Award for Individual Achievement.
Joining them to present awards were X Factor’s Lucie Jones who is currently performing in the West End production of Les Miserables, artistic director of Sheffield Theatres Daniel Evans, opera star Alfie Boe, actresses Paula Wilcox and Isla Blair, dancer Ivan Putrov, and Billy Boyd. The evening also featured performances from nouveau folk Irish dancers Up and Over It, and the cast of Proclaimer's musical Sunshine on Leith.
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Unlike most of the UK's prizes for theatre, the TMA Awards (presented by the Theatrical Management Association) do not focus on London and the West End. They are the only nationwide awards for excellence in regional theatre. A separate set of awards, the TMA Management Awards, highlighting best practice in venue programming, marketing and customer services, were initiated in 2005.
For a full list of winners at at the 2010 TMA Theatre Awards, see today's other news story.