Anthony Almeida has won this year’s Sir Peter Hall Director Award, which will see him helm a full-scale production at Curve in Leicester.
The production will open in 2020 at Curve, and will also tour the UK, as a co-production with Curve, the Rose Theatre Kingston and English Touring Theatre.
The award is run by the Royal Theatrical Support Trust and is in its fourth year. It is presented to an up-and-coming director “demonstrating exceptional directing skills in a rigorous competitive process”.
Curve, which was announced as the host venue for the award earlier this year, will receive £50,000 towards the costs of the Almeida’s production.
Almeida said: “Being named the 2019 winner of the mighty RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award is a gift. I’m feeling moved. At a time of ever increasing financial uncertainty, when up-and-coming directors can be seen as unnecessary risks, this opportunity is a true lifeline.”
The runner up is Maria Crocker.
Both were selected by a panel including Curve artistic director Nikolai Foster, ETT artistic director Richard Twyman and theatre designer Grace Smart.
They said he was chosen for his “vision, rigour and ability to inspire actors”.