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Finborough Theatre wins 2012 Empty Space Peter Brook award

Associate Designer and Deputy Chief Executive of the Finborough Theatre Alex Marker. Photo: Anne Clements
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The Finborough Theatre has won the 2012 Empty Space… Peter Brook award for the second time.

Theatre critic Fiona Mountford, who sat on the judging panel, said the venue had yet again been recognised for its ability to “straddle” both new writing and producing revivals “with ease”.

Meanwhile, the Dan Crawford innovation award went to east London’s The Yard theatre, and the new Peter Brook/Mobius award for studio theatres developing writers and companies was presented to the Lowry.

Robert Robson, artistic director of the Salford-based venue, said: “We are delighted to receive this recognition for what for us is a ground-breaking programme in the studio. Through the work we do with emerging artists and companies in the studio, we are able to create exciting new work which otherwise might not be possible in our area and across the north west.”

Elsewhere at the event, the Peter Brook special achievement award was given to Stephen Daldry and Ruth Mackenzie for their “extraordinary work during the Olympics in emphasising theatre in a sports-oriented event”.

The Peter Brook/Equity ensemble award was presented to Red Handed Theatre Company, while the Instant Classics Company in association with White Bear Theatre won the Mark Marvin rent subsidy award.

The Empty Space… Peter Brook Awards are presented annually by London TheatReviews, the National Theatre Studio and the V&A’s theatre department.