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Readers’ nominations requested for regional theatre award

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Readers’ nominations are being sought for The Stage Award for Special Achievement in Regional Theatre.

Part of the Theatrical Management Association Theatre Awards, the accolade is traditionally given to individuals or groups who have made a key contribution to theatre in the regions over the last year but whose efforts might otherwise be overlooked.

Previous winners have included the Mackintosh Foundation for its support of young performers and theatrical organisations around the UK, and Derry Playhouse, for producing ground-breaking new drama for its local community.

Last year, English Youth Ballet scooped the prestigious award for its work giving young dancers outside London the chance to perform within a professional setting in regional theatres across England, Scotland and Wales.

This year, the ten best reader suggestions will be included among the long-list of nominations considered by The Stage’s judging panel in September, ahead of the awards ceremony in October.

Stage editor Brian Attwood said: “A good, original nomination from a single reader stands more chance of making it to the shortlist than an orchestrated campaign which relies on numbers alone. So, remember, your involvement will make a difference.”

Nominations may be emailed to nominations@thestage.co.uk or sent by post to the editor, clearly marked as “TMA Award Nomination” before September 18. Please include your name, address and reason for the nomination (100 words maximum).

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