Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Theatre in the running for more awards

Following on from recent success at the Theatre Management Association (TMA) Awards, where it won in three categories, Northampton's Royal & Derngate now sees two of its co-productions nominated for the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards.


The hugely popular Brief Encounter, a co-production with Kneehigh Theatre, played to packed houses at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate last February before embarking on a national tour. Having scooped Best Touring Production at the TMA Awards ceremony last month it has now been nominated as Best Visiting Production in the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards for its run at the Lowry, competing against productions such The Cripple of Inishmaan from Druid Theatre Company and Be Near Me by Donmar Warehouse and the National Theatre of Scotland.

Roald Dahl classic The BFG

The ever popular Roald Dahl classic The BFG, co-produced with Fiery Light, opened at Royal & Derngate in March, before starting an extensive nationwide tour. The show has been nominated by the Manchester Evening News in the Family category for its visit to the city's Palace Theatre. Competition for this award includes such largescale events as Walking with Dinosaurs at the MEN Arena.

The winners will be announced to an audience of stars from stage, TV and film at a glittering ceremony on Tuesday 8 December.

Royal & Derngate's 
Chief Excecutive Martin Sutherland 
 "We're deighted to see our work being recognised with nominations and awards, and very proud that the Royal & Derngate name is becoming known around the country. Along with the national critical acclaim that our recent home-based productions have received, we feel we're really contributing to raising the profile of Northamptonshire. We'd like to thank all the people and organisations who've worked with us to achieve this. "

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