The critically acclaimed productions will both contest the Best Musical Production category alongside the Royal Exchange Theatre’s production of Sweet Charity, while their leading performers, John McCrea and Sharon D Clarke respectively, are both up for Best Performance In A Musical alongside Kaisa Hammarlund (for Sweet Charity) and Louis Maskell (for the Bristol Old Vic’s The Grinning Man).
London theatregoers will have previously enjoyed the Royal Court’s Wish List, up for Best New Play; The Who’s Tommy, the Kerry Michael-directed musical which played a short run at Theatre Royal Stratford East this year, nominated for Best Touring Production; and Around The World In 80 Days (a New Vic Theatre production in partnership with Kenny Wax Family Entertainment and Simon Friend, in association with Royal Exchange Theatre) and Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox (a Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Curve co-production, in association with Lyric Hammersmith), both up for Best Show for Children and Young People.
59 Productions, Jenny Melville and Lysander Ashton’s design for City Of Glass, a 59 Productions, Lyric Hammersmith, HOME and Karl Sydow production, was nominated for Best Design, while London dance venue Sadler’s Wells has been nominated for Achievement in Marketing/Audience Development.
The Awards will be presented on Sunday 15 October at a ceremony at London’s Guildhall, with the Olivier Award-winning actress Clarke hosting this year’s event.
Julian Bird, Chief Executive of UK Theatre, said: “This year’s nominations demonstrate the extraordinary breadth of work being written, directed and performed across the United Kingdom. The performing arts are one of the country’s most dynamic and progressive industries, shaped by incredibly talented individuals and companies, on and off stage.”
The UK Theatre Awards celebrate creative excellence and the outstanding work seen on stages throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
For a full list of nominees, please visit the UK Theatre website.
The public vote for The UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre Award with Smooth Radio will close at 12 noon on Tuesday 19 September. For more information visit the UK Theatre website.