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1984 (Photo: Tristram Kenton)

1984 (Photo: Tristram Kenton)

1984 triumphs at UK Theatre Awards

First Published 19 October 2014, Last Updated 19 October 2014

Duncan Macmillan and Robert Icke have been awarded the Best Director prize at 2014’s prestigious UK Theatre Awards following its hugely successful Olivier Award nominated run both at the Almeida Theatre and in the West End.

The young co-directors and adapters of the critically acclaimed Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre co-production, which is currently touring the UK, were joined by an esteemed list of winners celebrating success at the awards held today at the City of London’s Guildhall.

Amongst the many award wins for a diverse range of venues across the UK, London’s Shakespeare’s Globe and Sadler’s Wells triumphed at the glamorous lunchtime event, sharing this year’s Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre.

Audiences in the capital will also soon be able to see Jenna Augen recreate her now Best Supporting Performance Award-winning portrayal of Daphna in Theatre Royal Bath’s family comedy Bad Jews, which will arrive in London for a run at the St James Theatre early next year.

Run by regional theatre membership organisation UK Theatre, the UK Theatre Awards have celebrated the incredible theatrical talent, entertainment and industry employers in venues throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland since 1991.

This year’s glittering event was compèred by musical theatre star and two-time Olivier Award nominee Michael Xavier. Alongside a performance by former Oliver! star Jodie Prenger, who is currently appearing in Nikolai Foster’s touring production of Calamity Jane, theatre favourites including Anita Dobson, Tamzin Outhwaithe and Wayne Sleep were on hand to reveal this year’s illustrious winners.

Alongside the awards for creative excellence both on and off the stage, this year’s ceremony also included a posthumous prize for the esteemed actor Sir Donald Sinden, who was awarded the Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts for his incredible eight decade career.

The full list of 2014’s UK Theatre Award winners:

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

Best Performance in a Play

Patrick O’Kane for QUIETLY, an Abbey Theatre production on tour

Best Supporting Performance

Jenna Augen for BAD JEWS, a Theatre Royal Bath production, in the Ustinov Studio

Best Musical Production

BRASS directed by Sara Kestelman, a National Youth Music Theatre production at City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds

Best Performance in a Musical

Jamie Parker for GUYS AND DOLLS, a Chichester Festival Theatre production

Best Show for Children and Young People

DRAGON, a National Theatre of Scotland, Vox Motus and Tianjin People’s Art Theatre, China production, at the Citizens Theatre and Traverse Theatre

Best Director

Duncan Macmillan and Robert Icke for 1984, a Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production, on tour

Best Design

Jon Bausor for MAMETZ, a National Theatre Wales production

Best Touring Production

TRANSLATIONS – English Touring Theatre, Sheffield Theatres and Rose Theatre, Kingston

Achievement in Dance

Birmingham Hippodrome for the bold, extensive programming and presentation of the International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014, in partnership with DanceXchange.

Achievement in Opera

Richard Farnes for his exceptional conducting of Opera North’s DEATH IN VENICE, THE GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST and GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG

The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre

Sadler’s Wells Theatre

Shakespeare’s Globe

Achievement in Marketing

Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse

Theatre Employee/Manager of the Year

Hedda Beeby – Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Promotion of Diversity

Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse

My Theatre Matters! UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre in association with Smooth Radio

Wales Millennium Centre

The Stage Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre

Paul Kerryson

The Clothworkers’ Award

Theatre Royal Plymouth

The Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts

Sir Donald Sinden CBE


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