The Theatrical Management Association has just announced the nominations for its prestigious annual awards and Royal & Derngate
is at the forefront with productions and co-productions nominated in four categories. Northampton
Anna Francolini has been nominated in the category of Best Performance in a Play, for the title role in Royal & Derngate’s production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie for the Royal stage in Northampton, a role which she reprised at the Assembly Hall, Edinburgh, in a highly acclaimed run at the Fringe this summer, there earning a nomination for best actress in The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence.
In the Best Lighting Design category, James Farncombe has been nominated for his work on Alan Ayckbourn’s Private Fears in Public Places. Part of Royal & Derngate’s Ayckbourn at 70 season, this was an innovative production which saw the audience seated on the Royal stage in and around the action of the play. Both Private Fears and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie were directed by Royal & Derngate’s Artistic Director Laurie Sansom.
The past year has seen a number of Royal & Derngate co-productions on tour around the country, including Kneehigh Theatre’s hugely popular Brief Encounter which is up for Best Touring Production. In the Best Director category Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett are under consideration for Frantic Assembly’s Othello, which was produced in collaboration with Royal & Derngate.
“We’re delighted that Royal & Derngate’s work is gaining the recognition it deserves,” commented the theatre’s Chief Executive Martin Sutherland, “and pleased to be firmly establishing
on the national map in the arts world. We’d like to thank all the people who have collaborated with us to make our productions so highly acclaimed.” Northampton
Royal & Derngate is this year celebrating the 125th anniversary of its Royal auditorium, and the anniversary programme includes this autumn’s European premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Spring Storm, as part of its exciting Young America season.