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The Unicorn Theatre among Empty Space Peter Brook Award winners

The Unicorn Theatre exterior. Photo: Team London Bridge
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The Unicorn Theatre has won this year’s Empty Space Peter Brook award.

The theatre took home the £2,000 prize, beating the Orange Tree Theatre and Park Theatre, as well as the Union Theatre, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and Theatre503.

The Empty Space Peter Brook Awards, now in their 25th year, celebrate innovations by smaller theatre spaces that receive little or no public funding.

There were two new award categories. Pippa Frith Productions at Birmingham Rep Door scooped the £1,500 Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy award, and London-based theatre company Antic Disposition was presented with the £2,000 Peter Brook/Equity Ensemble award.

Latitude Festival won the £2,000 Dan Crawford Innovation award, while physical theatre company Kill the Beast took home the Peter Brook Festival award.

The Peter Brook Special Achievement award was presented to Toni Racklin and Louise Jeffreys from the Barbican Theatre for their role in transforming the theatre into an international arts centre.

West End producers Thelma Holt and Peter Wilson presented the awards ceremony, which took place at the National Theatre Studio in London.