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Scarlett Strallen heads UK Theatre Awards hopefuls

Scarlett Strallen in Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Scarlett Strallen, Tom Edden and 
Jamie Parker are to compete for the 
best musical performance prize at this year’s UK Theatre Awards.

Strallen has been nominated for 
Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, Edden has been recognised for Oliver! at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, and Parker has been shortlisted for Guys and Dolls at Chichester Festival Theatre.

The 2014 UK Theatre Awards, run by industry body UK Theatre to recognise achievements by regional companies, will be held at London’s Guildhall on October 19.

The shortlist for the theatre management categories, as well as the My Theatre Matters! UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre Award – which returns for a second year and can be voted on by the public until September 29 – will be announced next week exclusively in The Stage.

This year’s ceremony will also include 
a £150,000 prize from the Clothworkers’ Foundation, which will be presented to 
a regional producing theatre. The foundation is presenting this award annually 
for the next five years, with venues from 
a different region in England honoured each time. This year, it will be awarded 
to a venue from the south-west.

The full list of UK Theatre Awards nominations in creative categories is:

Best new play
An August Bank Holiday Lark, by Deborah McAndrew – tour produced by Northern Broadsides in partnership with the New Vic 
in Newcastle-under-Lyme
Pressure by David Haig – a Chichester Festival Theatre and Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh co-production
• Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again by Alice Birch – a Royal Shakespeare Company production that ran at the Other Place and the Royal Court

Best performance in a play
•Adam Best for Crime and Punishment – co-produced by the Citizens Theatre in 
Glasgow, the Liverpool Everyman and 
Playhouse and the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh
• Patrick O’Kane for Quietly – produced by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin
• Suranne Jones for Orlando – produced by the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Best supporting performance
• Alan Suri for The Winterling – produced by Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
• Jenna Augen for Bad Jews – produced 
by Theatre Royal Bath productions
• Sally Ann Triplett for My Judy Garland Life – produced by Nottingham Playhouse

Best musical production 

• The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler – co-produced by Vanishing Point and the National Theatre of Scotland in association 
with Eden Court at the Citizens in Glasgow 
and on tour

• Brass – produced by National Youth Music Theatre at City Varieties, Leeds
Chicago – produced by Curve, Leicester

Best performance in a musical
• Jamie Parker for Guys and Dolls, 
a Chichester Festival Theatre production
• Scarlett Strallen for Candide, 
a Menier Chocolate Factory production
• Tom Edden for Oliver!, 
a Sheffield Theatres production

Best show for children and young people
Around the World in Eighty Days – co-produced 
by Royal Exchange Theatre and the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Dragon – co-produced by the 
National Theatre of Scotland, Vox Motus 
and Tianjin People’s Art Theatre
• Nivelli’s War – a Cahoots NI production

Best touring production
Translations by Brian Friel, 
produced by English Touring Theatre
The Two Worlds of Charlie F by Owen Sheers, produced by Garry McQuinn and Amanda Faber
Show Boat by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein, produced by Birmingham Hippodrome and Wales Millennium Centre with Cape Town Opera

Best director
• David Thacker – Long Day’s Journey into Night, produced by Octagon Theatre, Bolton
• Duncan Macmillan and Robert Icke – 1984, co-produced by Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre
• Louise Lowe – Angel Meadow, produced by ANU

Best design
• Jon Bausor for Mametz, 
produced by National Theatre Wales
• Max Jones for True West, 
produced by the Citizens, Glasgow
• Mike Britton for A Tale of Two Cities, 
produced by Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Achievement in dance
• Birmingham Hippodrome for 
the International Dance Festival Birmingham
• English National Ballet and Tamara Rojo 
for Lest We Forget
• Rambert and Jeannie Steele for Merce Cunningham’s Events

Achievement in opera
• James Conway for leading English Touring Opera
• Richard Farnes for conducting Opera North’s Death in Venice, The Girl of the Golden West and Gotterdammerung
• Welsh National Opera’s chorus 
for Moses und Aron

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