Imelda Staunton’s performance as Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd and Henry Goodman’s lead role in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, have won them best performance titles in this year’s Theatre Awards UK.
Both of the prizes – Staunton’s for best performance in a musical and Goodman’s for best performance in a play – were for Chichester Festival Theatre productions.
All of the awards were presented today (October 28) at a ceremony at London’s Guildhall.
Other winners included Aidan McArdle for best supporting performance in Democracy, a Sheffield Theatres production at the Crucible, and Garry Hynes, who picked up best director for leading DruidMurphy – three plays by Tom Murphy that were produced by the Druid Theatre Company at Hampstead Theatre and Oxford Playhouse.
The award for the best touring production, which this year was held in association with The Stage and was put out to the public vote for the first time via www.thestage.co.uk, went to English Touring Theatre’s presentation of the Shakespeare Globe’s production of Anne Boleyn.
Another winning tour was The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean by Shona Reppe in the best show for children and young people group.
The best musical production title was awarded to the West Yorkshire Playhouse’s co-production of The Go-Between, fending off competition from Chichester Festival Theatre’s Sweeney Todd and Sheffield Theatres’ production of Company.
Meanwhile, best new play went to In the Next Room by Sarah Ruhl for Theatre Royal Bath’s production in the Ustinov Studio and the technical category saw Amanda Stoodley winning best design for Library Theatre Company’s production of Manchester Lines.
In the management awards, Graeae Theatre Company won in the promotion of diversity category and the New Wolsey Theatre was named most welcoming theatre.
Other award winners included Graham Sutherland of Citizens Theatre and Erica Whyman of Northern Stage who shared the title of theatre employee/manager of the year.
Previously announced winners Timothy West and Prunella Scales were presented The Stage award for outstanding contribution to British theatre at the ceremony by their son, actor/director Samuel West.
The awards in full are:
Best performance in a play Henry Goodman for The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui: a Chichester Festival Theatre production
Best supporting performance Aidan McArdle for Democracy: a Sheffield Theatres production at the Crucible, Sheffield
Best new play In the Next Room by Sarah Ruhl: a Theatre Royal Bath production in the Ustinov Studio
Best musical production The Go-Between directed by Roger Haines: a West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal and Derngate, Northampton and Derby Live! production at West Yorkshire Playhouse
Best performance in a musical Imelda Staunton for Sweeney Todd: a Chichester Festival Theatre production
Best show for children and young people The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean by Shona Reppe on tour
Best touring production Anne Boleyn: English Touring Theatre’s presentation of the Shakespeare’s Globe production
Best director Garry Hynes for DruidMurphy: plays by Tom Murphy, produced by Druid Theatre Company, at Hampstead Theatre and Oxford Playhouse
Best design Amanda Stoodley for Manchester Lines: a Library Theatre Company production
Achievement in opera Christopher Alden’s production of Norma for Opera North: a co-production with Theater Chemnitz, with Annemarie Kremer in the title role
Achievement in dance Akram Khan for Desh
Theatre employee/manager of the year Graham Sutherland, Citizens Theatre and Erica Whyman, Northern Stage
Achievement in marketing The Marlowe Theatre
Most welcoming theatre New Wolsey Theatre
Promotion of diversity Graeae Theatre Company
The Renee Stepham award for best presentation of touring theatre Music and Lyrics Limited
The Stage award for outstanding contribution to British theatre Timothy West and Prunella Scales