UK Theatre Awards | Nominees Announcement

Nominations announced for the UK Theatre Awards 2022

  • Leeds Playhouse leads nominations with nods in five categories, whilst The
    Crucible Theatre, Sheffield receives two Best Director nominations
  • This year’s Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre award will go to Sarah
    Holmes, former Chief Executive of The New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich
  • Legally Blonde and Six star, Courtney Bowman will host the ceremony, taking
    place on Sunday 23rd October

Wednesday 28th September: Today, UK Theatre announces the nominees for this
year’s UK Theatre Awards, the only nationwide awards to honour and celebrate
outstanding achievements in theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and
Northern Ireland by UK Theatre members.

With nominees from across the length and breadth of the UK, this year’s shortlist
showcases the creativity, originality and resilience of theatre. Leading the
nominations with five nominations across categories including Best Performance in
a Play, Best Play Revival and Director is Leeds Playhouse.

Meanwhile, The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield has received two nominations in the
Best Director category, for Rock/Paper/Scissors (Elin Schofield, Robert Hastie,
Anthony Lau) and Typical Girls (Róisín McBrinn), with four female directors
nominated for this award.

Elsewhere, actors Giles Terera and Henry Goodman go head to head in the Best
Performance in a Play category, for The Meaning of Zong and Murder on the Orient
respectively, with Eithne Browne (Maggie May) and Leah St Luce (Black
) also offering strong competition in the category.

The exceptional work created by each of this year’s nominees demonstrates that
there is no better time to support local theatre.

Following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the winners will be announced
on Sunday 23rd October, during a lunchtime ceremony at London’s Guildhall. The
event will be hosted by star of the stage, Courtney Bowman (Everyone’s Talking
About Jamie, Six, Legally Blonde

UK Theatre Joint Presidents, Stephanie Sirr and Jon Gilchrist said,

“Following an incredibly challenging few years due to the pandemic, theatres across
the UK have had to work harder than ever to continue to provide for their local
communities: to keep their doors open and to keep making the inspiring work they
present. Theatres provide so much more than just entertainment. In towns across
the UK they are often a central hub; a space for people to feel welcome and
included. That’s why it’s more important than ever that we come together on the 23rd
October to recognise and celebrate everything that they do.

This year’s nominations reflect a multifaceted variety of voices, highlighting the
diversity and quality of shows presented across the UK. It is brilliant to see so much
upcoming talent among the nominees as well as all four nations being represented.”

Nominations are split into new ‘On Stage’ and ‘Off Stage’ categories, as part of a
refresh of the Awards in 2019 instated to reflect the contemporary priorities of the
UK’s theatre industry. As part of this, UK Theatre members now have more
involvement in the nomination process, can put forward shows and individuals for
nomination and can submit an application for an Off Stage award.

Nominations for the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre were announced last month with
Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre, Leeds Playhouse and New Wolsey
Theatre in Ipswich making the shortlist. The winner will be revealed on the 23rd
October as part of the ceremony.

The recipient of this year’s Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre Award has
been revealed as Sarah Holmes, former CEO of the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.
Sarah was selected by the board for constantly championing access and inclusion,
spear-heading the post of Agent for Change and applying challenging criteria to her
own programming policy with a “nothing about us, without us” policy around
inclusion. Sarah’s tenure saw the New Wolsey become a founding partner on
Black-led theatre initiative Eclipse, and D/deaf and disabled collective Ramps on the
Moon, which has now been running for over 7 years.

The UK Theatre Awards are sponsored by: Harbottle and Lewis, John Good Ltd,
Nyman Libson Paul, Settingline Production Management, Spektrix, Theatre Tokens,
Tysers in association with Ecclesiastical, Unusual Rigging, and White Light
The full list of nominations is available here.

UK Theatre Awards – On Stage Theatre Categories

Best Design
Dracula: The Untold Story – Leeds Playhouse – Design by Laura Hopkins, Projection
and Video Design by Simon Wainwright
Into The Woods – Theatre Royal Bath – Design by Jon Bausor, Video Design by Will
Duke, Costume Design by Antony McDonald
Life is a Dream – Edinburgh Lyceum – Design by Georgia McGuinness

Best Director
● Jessica Daniels – The Mozart Question – A Barn Theatre production in association with
Bob & Marianne for Anthology Theatre and The Everyman Theatre Cheltenham
● Robert Hastie, Anthony Lau, Elin Schofield – Rock/Paper/Scissors – The Crucible, Studio
and Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
● Natalie Ibu – The White Card – A Birmingham Rep, Leeds Playhouse, Northern Stage &
Soho Theatre co-production in association with HOME Manchester
● Róisín McBrinn – Typical Girls – The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Best Musical Production
Billy Elliot – Leicester Curve
Now is Good – Storyhouse, Chester
Whistle Down the Wind – The Watermill Theatre

Best New Play
Cherry Jezebel – Liverpool Everyman
How to Bury a Dead Mule – Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Mugabe, My Dad & Me – A co-production by ETT, Brixton House & York Theatre
Royal in association with Alison Holder

Best Performance in a Musical
● Charlie Stemp – Crazy for You – Chichester Festival Theatre
● Divina de Campo – Hedwig and the Angry Inch – A Leeds Playhouse and HOME
● Nicole & Kyla Fox, Emme & Eden Patrick, Sienna & Savannah Robinson – Identical – A
Nottingham Playhouse and Kenny Wax Ltd co-production

Best Performance in a Play
● Eithne Browne – Maggie May – Leeds Playhouse
● Henry Goodman – Murder on the Orient Express – Chichester Festival Theatre
● Leah St Luce – Black Love – A Paines Plough and Belgrade Theatre Coventry
production, in association with tiata fahodzi
● Giles Terera – The Meaning of Zong – A Bristol Old Vic Production

Best Play Revival
Jitney – A Headlong, Leeds Playhouse and Old Vic co-production
The Mountaintop – A Royal Exchange Theatre Production
Translations – An Abbey Theatre and Lyric Theatre Belfast Co-Production

Best Show for Children and Young People
Beauty and the Beast – A New Vic Production
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World – Kenny Wax Family Entertainment
in association with MAST Mayflower Studios
Petula – A National Theatre Wales, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and August012

Best Supporting Performance (in a musical or play)
● Nicola Hughes – Into The Woods – A Theatre Royal Bath Production
● Robert Jackson – Brief Encounter – A Stephen Joseph Theatre, Octagon Theatre and
Theatre By The Lake co-production
● Nishla Smith – Kes – An Octagon Theatre and Theatre By The Lake co-production

UK Theatre – Achievement in Opera
● Scottish Opera for Candide
Glyndebourne for the Poulenc Double Bill
● Richard Mantle for the last year at Opera North, which epitomizes the work Richard has
achieved over his tenure
● Music Theatre Wales and Britten Pears Arts production of Violet at Buxton International
Festival at Buxton Opera

UK Theatre – Achievement in Dance
● William Tuckett’s Then or Now for Ballet Black, exquisitely melding poetry, dance, light
and sound into an intimate work that gently touches big themes of our times
● The dancers of Rambert for their ability to inhabit any choreographer’s vision, as a
company of unique, versatile, incredibly skilled performers
● Dan Daw for The Dan Daw Show, a kinky, joyful, unapologetic and vulnerable
celebration of oneself and one’s body

UK Theatre Awards – Offstage Categories

Digital Innovation
Chichester Festival Theatre
English Touring Theatre
Sadlers Wells

Excellence in Arts Education
Lyric Theatre Belfast
Ambassador Theatre Group

Excellence in Inclusivity
English Touring Theatre
Graeae Theatre Company
Scottish Opera

Excellence in Touring
Graeae Theatre Company
Northern Ballet
Scottish Opera

Workforce Award
Ambassador Theatre Group
The Marlowe
Mercury Theatre

Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre
Sarah Holmes – Former CEO, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich