Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Hat trick for Royal & Derngate at TMA Theatre Awards

When the 2009 Theatre Management Association Theatre Award-winners were announced on Sunday (1 November) at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, Northampton’s Royal & Derngate picked up prizes in three categories, making them the joint biggest winners of the night.

Anna Francolini won the coveted Best Performer in a Play award, for her performance in the title role of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie on the Royal stage in September 2008, a role she reprised in the production’s hugely successful revival in Edinburgh this summer, while Royal & Derngate’s co-production of Brief Encounter with Kneehigh Theatre scored a well-deserved success in the Best Touring Production category.

The third win came in the Best Director category, scooped by Scott Graham and Stephen Hoggett for Frantic Assembly’s Othello, which was produced in collaboration with Royal & Derngate.

Royal & Derngate’s Artistic Director Laurie Sansom said, “I’m delighted that the quality and vision of our work here in Northampton is being recognised nationally, and I’d like to take this opportunity thank all the people and organisations who have worked with us to achieve this.”

Celebrating the 125th anniversary of its Royal auditorium this year, Royal & Derngate is going from strength to strength. After the huge success of this summer’s Ayckbourn at 70 season, its current Young America season is gaining critical acclaim. This pairing of two rarely performed American masterpieces, including the European premiere of Tennessee William’s Spring Storm, has been awarded five stars from the Times and Telegraph and four stars from the Guardian.

The TMA Awards are presented in association with The Stage and are the only national awards celebrating the best in regional theatre.

This comes on top of critical acclaim for the theatre’s current Young America season which is getting five and four star reviews for national press!

Broadway World.Com  

  Northampton Chronicle & Echo




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