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UK Theatre Awards winners include Divina de Campo, ”Billy Elliot” and Giles Terera

Sally Ann Triplett in Billy Elliot, Divina de Campo and Giles Terera
Sally Ann Triplett in Billy Elliot, Divina de Campo and Giles Terera
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The winners of this year’s UK Theatre Awards have been revealed.

Hosted by Legally Blonde lead Courtney Bowman, the awards took place in a lunchtime ceremony at Guildhall in London.

Leeds Playhouse was recognised three times across the winning categories, also picking up the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre prize.

Sarah Holmes, chief executive of the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre award – saying: “I accept this award as recognition for the quality, innovation and creative spirit which is to be found in our pioneering regional theatres.”

The complete list of winners (in bold) and nominees is below:

Best Design

Dracula: The Untold Story – Leeds Playhouse, Design by Laura Hopkins, Projection and Video Design by Simon Wainwright
Into The Woods – Theatre Royal Bath, Design by Jon Bausor, Video Design by Will
Duke, Costume Design by Antony McDonald
Life is a Dream – Edinburgh Lyceum, Design by Georgia McGuinness

Best Director

● Jessica Daniels – The Mozart Question, a Barn Theatre production in association with
Bob and Marianne for Anthology Theatre and The Everyman Theatre Cheltenham
Robert Hastie, Anthony Lau, Elin Schofield – Rock/Paper/Scissors, The Crucible, Studio and Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
● Natalie Ibu – The White Card, a Birmingham Rep, Leeds Playhouse, Northern Stage and
Soho Theatre co-production in association with HOME Manchester
● Róisín McBrinn – Typical Girls, The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Best Musical Production

Billy Elliot – Leicester Curve
Now is Good – Storyhouse, Chester
Whistle Down the Wind – The Watermill Theatre

Best New Play

Cherry Jezebel – Liverpool Everyman
How to Bury a Dead Mule – Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Mugabe, My Dad & Me – a co-production by ETT, Brixton House and York Theatre Royal in association with Alison Holder

Best Performance in a Musical

● Charlie Stemp – Crazy for You, Chichester Festival Theatre
Divina de Campo – Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a Leeds Playhouse and HOME co-production
● Nicole and Kyla Fox, Emme and Eden Patrick, Sienna and Savannah Robinson – Identical, a
Nottingham Playhouse and Kenny Wax Ltd co-production

Best Performance in a Play

● Eithne Browne – Maggie May, Leeds Playhouse
● Henry Goodman – Murder on the Orient Express, Chichester Festival Theatre
● Leah St Luce – Black Love, a Paines Plough and Belgrade Theatre Coventry
production, in association with tiata fahodzi
Giles Terera – The Meaning of Zong, a Bristol Old Vic production

Best Play Revival

Jitney – a Headlong, Leeds Playhouse and Old Vic co-production
The Mountaintop – a Royal Exchange Theatre production
Translations – an Abbey Theatre and Lyric Theatre Belfast co-production

Best Show for Children and Young People

Beauty and the Beast – a New Vic Production
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World – Kenny Wax Family Entertainment in association with MAST Mayflower Studios
Petula – a National Theatre Wales, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and August012

Best Supporting Performance (in a musical or play)

● Nicola Hughes – Into The Woods, a Theatre Royal Bath Production
● Robert Jackson – Brief Encounter, a Stephen Joseph Theatre, Octagon Theatre and
Theatre By The Lake co-production
Nishla Smith – Kes, an Octagon Theatre and Theatre By The Lake co-production

UK Theatre – Achievement in Opera

● Scottish Opera for Candide
● Glyndebourne for the Poulenc Double Bill
Richard Mantle for the last year at Opera North, which epitomizes the work Richard has achieved over his tenure
● Music Theatre Wales and Britten Pears Arts production of Violet at Buxton International Festival at Buxton Opera

UK Theatre – Achievement in Dance

● William Tuckett’s Then or Now for Ballet Black, exquisitely melding poetry, dance, light and sound into an intimate work that gently touches big themes of our times
The dancers of Rambert for their ability to inhabit any choreographer’s vision, as a company of unique, versatile, incredibly skilled performers
● Dan Daw for The Dan Daw Show, a kinky, joyful, unapologetic and vulnerable
celebration of oneself and one’s body
Life is a Dream – Edinburgh Lyceum, design by Georgia McGuinness

Additional categories:

Most Welcoming Theatre: Leeds Playhouse
Excellence in Arts Education: Lyric Theatre in Belfast
Excellence in Inclusivity: English Touring Theatre
Excellence in Touring: Graeae Theatre Company
Best Digital Innovation: Chichester Festival Theatre
Best Workforce: The Marlowe, Canterbury