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Nominations announced for 2014 UK Theatre Awards

This year marks the 23rd annual UK Theatre Awards

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An August Bank Holiday Lark is nominated for Best New Play
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The annual UK Theatre Awards - formerly the TMAs - announced their nominations yesterday (25 September 2014). The winners will be revealed at this year's ceremony on Sunday 19 October at London's Guildhall.

The UK Theatre Awards are identified as the only nationwide awards to honour creative and outstanding achievements through theatre, dance and opera seen throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

This year, several new plays and musicals, as well as new talents, top the list of nominees. The UK Theatre Awards will also announce the nominations for its management category on 2 October 2014.

This year's nominees for the UK Theatre Awards are as follows:

Best New Play
An August Bank Holiday Lark by Deborah McAndrew, a Northern Broadsides production in partnership with New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme on tour
Pressure by David Haig, a Chichester Festival Theatre and Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh production
Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again by Alice Birch, a Royal Shakespeare Company production at The Other Place and the Royal Court

Best Performance in a Play
Adam Best for Crime and Punishment, a Citizens Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, and Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh production
Patrick O'Kane for Quietly, an Abbey Theatre production on tour
Suranne Jones for Orlando, a Royal Exchange Theatre production

Best Supporting Performance
Alan Suri for The Winterling, a Theatre by the Lake production
Jenna Augen for Bad Jews, a Theatre Royal Bath production, in the Ustinov Studio
Sally Ann Triplett for My Judy Garland Life, a Nottingham Playhouse Theatre production

Best Musical Production
The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler, directed by Matthew Lenton, a Vanishing Point and National Theatre of Scotland production in association with Eden Court, at Citizens Theatre and on tour
Brass, directed by Sara Kestelman, a National Youth Music Theatre production at City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds
Chicago, directed by Paul Kerryson, a Curve Theatre, Leicester production

Best Performance in a Musical
Jamie Parker for Guys and Dolls, a Chichester Festival Theatre production
Scarlett Strallen for Candide, a Menier Chocolate Factory production
Tom Edden for Oliver!, a Sheffield Theatres production at the Crucible Theatre

Best Show for Children and Young People
Around the World in 80 Days, a Royal Exchange Theatre and New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme production
Dragon, a National Theatre of Scotland, Vox Motus and Tianjin People's Art Theatre, China production, at the Citizens Theatre and Traverse Theatre
Nivelli's War, a Cahoots NI production on tour

Best Touring Production
Translations– English Touring Theatre
The Two Worlds of Charlie F. – Garry McQuinn and Amanda Faber
Show Boat – Birmingham Hippodrome and Wales Millennium Centre in collaboration with Cape Town Opera

Best Director
David Thacker for Long Day's Journey into Night, an Octagon Theatre, Bolton production
Duncan Macmillan and Robert Icke for 1984, a Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production, on tour
Louise Lowe for Angel Meadow, an ANU Production at HOME, Manchester

Best Design
Jon Bausor for Mametz, a National Theatre Wales production
Max Jones for True West, a Citizens Theatre production
Mike Britton for A Tale of Two Cities, a Royal & Derngate, Northampton production

Achievement in Dance
Birmingham Hippodrome for the bold, extensive programming and presentation of the International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014, in partnership with DanceXchange.
English National Ballet and Tamara Rojo for the innovative trio of new commissions Les We Forget Rambert and Jeannie Steele for a striking new staging of Merce Cunningham's Events

Achievement in Opera
James Conway for his leadership of English Touring Opera
Richard Farnes for his exceptional conducting Death in Venice, The Girl of the Golden West, GÖTTERDÄMMERUN, Opera North
The Welsh National Opera chorus,Moses Und Aron

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