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Royal Court leads nominations for 2017 Writers’ Guild Awards

Linda Bassett, Deborah Findlay, Kika Markham and June Watson in Escaped Alone at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. Photo: Tristram Kenton Linda Bassett, Deborah Findlay, Kika Markham and June Watson in Escaped Alone at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Two Royal Court plays lead the theatre nominations for the 2017 Writers’ Guild Awards.

Caryl Churchill’s Escaped Alone and Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland, which both ran at the London theatre this year, are up against Jane Upton’s All the Little Lights, which ran at Nottingham Playhouse, for best play.

What the Thunder Said by Ed Harris, This Changes Everything by Joel Horwood and Lisa Evans’ Rise Up are shortlisted in the best play for young audiences category.

Elsewhere, the radio adaptation of Charlene James’ Cuttin’ It is nominated for best radio drama, alongside Fat Little Thing by Lucy Gannon, and Debbie Tucker Green’s Lament.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag, which began life at Soho Theatre, is nominated in the best TV situation comedy category.

She is up against Tom Basden and Sam Leifer for Plebs and Asim Chaudhry, Allan Mustafa and Steve Stamp for People Just Do Nothing.

The awards, run by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, take place on January 23 in London, presented by Meera Syal.

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