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UK Theatre Awards 2014 winners announced

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Wales Millennium Centre has been recognised as the UK’s most welcoming theatre in the UK Theatre Awards.

The ceremony also saw Duncan Macmillan and Robert Icke win best director for Headlong’s co-production of 1984.

Wales Millennium Centre won the My Theatre Matters! UK’s most welcoming theatre in association with Smooth Radio at the awards, which took place at London’s Guildhall on October 19.

The Cardiff venue was voted as the winner via a vote that saw members of the public choose from a list of more than 256 venues. The prize is part of the My Theatre Matters! Campaign, a joint initiative launched by The Stage, UK Theatre and Equity.

Meanwhile, Duncan Macmillan and Robert Icke fended off competition from David Thacker and Louise Lowe to win the best director award for the touring production of 1984, a co-production between Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre.

Patrick O’Kane won the award for best performance in a play for his role in the touring production of Quietly, produced by Abbey Theatre, while Jenna Augen won best supporting performance for Bad Jews at the Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath.

National Youth Music Theatre’s Brass, which ran at the City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds, won best musical production beating Curve’s production of Chicago and The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler, produced by Vanishing Point and National Theatre of Scotland.

Jamie Parker won best performance in a musical for his role in Guys and Dolls at Chichester Festival Theatre, while Deborah McAndrew’s An August Bank Holiday Lark won best new play.

Dragon at the Citizens Theatre and Traverse Theatre won the award for best show for children and young people, and Translations, a co-production between English Touring Theatre, Sheffield Theatres and Rose Theatre Kingston, won best touring production.

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse took home two prizes, winning both the achievement in marketing and promotion of diversity awards.

The inaugural Clothworkers’ award was given to Theatre Royal Plymouth, which wins £150,000 as part of the foundation’s new five-year £1.25 million programme to support the dramatic arts.

Donald Sinden, who died last month, was posthumously awarded the Gielgud award for excellence in the dramatic arts, while outgoing artistic director of Curve, Paul Kerryson, won The Stage award for outstanding contribution to British Theatre.

An interview with Kerryson can be found in the October 16 issue of The Stage.

The winners in full:

Best new play
An August Bank Holiday Lark by Deborah McAndrew, a Northern Broadsides production in partnership with New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme on tour

Best performance in a play
Patrick O’Kane for Quietly, an Abbey Theatre production on tour

Best Supporting performance
Jenna Augen for Bad Jews, a Theatre Royal Bath production, in the Ustinov Studio

Best musical production
Brass directed by Sara Kestelman, a National Youth Music Theatre production at City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds

Best performance in a musical
Jamie Parker for Guys and Dolls, a Chichester Festival Theatre production

Best show for children and young people
Dragon, a National Theatre of Scotland, Vox Motus and Tianjin People’s Art Theatre, China production, at the Citizens Theatre and Traverse Theatre

Best director
Duncan Macmillan and Robert Icke for 1984, a Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production, on tour

Best design
Jon Bausor for Mametz, a National Theatre Wales production

Best touring production
Translations – English Touring Theatre, Sheffield Theatres and Rose Theatre Kingston

Achievement in dance
Birmingham Hippodrome for the bold, extensive programming and presentation of the International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014, in partnership with DanceXchange.

Achievement in opera
Richard Farnes for his exceptional conducting of Opera North’s Death in Venice, The Girl of the Golden West and Gotterdammerung

The Renee Stepham award for best presentation of touring theatre
Sadler’s Wells Theatre
Shakespeare’s Globe

Achievement in marketing
Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse

Theatre employee/manager of the year
Hedda Beeby – Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Promotion of diversity
Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse

My Theatre Matters! UK’s most welcoming theatre in association with Smooth Radio
Wales Millennium Centre

The Stage award for outstanding contribution to British theatre
Paul Kerryson

The Clothworkers’ award
Theatre Royal Plymouth

The Gielgud award for excellence in the dramatic arts
Sir Donald Sinden

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