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Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland nominations: Edinburgh’s Lyceum picks up 12 nods

Oguz Kaplangi and Robert Jack in Rhinoceros, Edinburgh International Festival. Photo: Beth Chalmers

Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre has taken the lion’s share of nominations for this year’s Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland, being shortlisted in 12 categories.

The most nods for a single production is seven – going to Rhinoceros [1], Zinnie Harris’ adaptation of Ionesco. The Lyceum’s co-production with the Edinburgh International Festival and Dot Theatre, Istanbul, also gets nods for best production, ensemble, director – for Dot theatre’s Murat Daltaban – use of music, design and technical presentation.

The Lyceum’s 12 nods covers four different productions, including three for Wils Wilson’s immersive production of Cockpit [2]. This includes best production, with further nominations for The Belle’s Stratagem [3] and Glory on Earth [4].

Lyceum artistic director David Greig welcomed the nominations, particularly for their recognition of the theatre’s international aspirations.

He added: “The scale and ambition of Cockpit took an incredible amount of work both from the cast and creative team, as well as the theatre staff, so I’m very proud this has been recognised. These nominations are not just for the artists involved but for the dedicated Lyceum team who work with them to bring extraordinary productions to our stage.”

George Costigan, who starred as Bob in the 1987 film of Rita, Sue and Bob Too, gets a nod for his take on James Tyrone in A Long Day’s Journey Into Night [5].

It is one of five nods for the Glasgow Citizens.

Also recognised in the best male performance category are Joseph Arkley for Richard III [6] at Perth Theatre, Robert Jack as Berenger in Rhinoceros at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Ramesh Meyyappan in Off-Kilter at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow.

The best director category recognises the work of three female directors. Wilson and Daltaban are joined by Angie Dight, for her direction of Nursery Crymes from Mischief La-Bas, and Lu Kemp for Knives in Hens at Perth Theatre.

Gaining a total of six nods for three productions, Perth is the second most recognised producing house. Knives in Hens [7] is also up for best production and best design, while Jessica Hardwick gets a nod for her performance as the un-named Young Woman.

Also nominated for best production is Flight [8], the EIF co-production with Vox Motus. Flight also receives nods for best design and technical presentation.

Commenting on the nominations, CATS co-convener Joyce McMillan said: “We’re simply delighted with the range of work recognised in these shortlists, from powerful productions of the best-loved classics to shows like Nursery Crymes and Flight, which really push at the edges of our concept of theatre.

“It’s also a huge pleasure to see Perth Theatre firing on all cylinders again, after its three-year rebuilding programme.”

In a year when 180 new productions in Scotland were eligible for the CATS, there were nominations for 23 productions over 10 categories.

The CATS will be presented at Perth Theatre on June 10.