Nominations announced for UK Theatre Awards 2019

The list of nominees has been revealed 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.

Nominations announced for UK Theatre Awards 2019

The nominations for the 2019 UK Theatre Awards have been announced, with Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre and Sheffield Theatre getting four nominations each.

This year’s nominations are split into new ‘On Stage’ and ‘Off Stage’ categories, as part of a refresh of the Awards 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. 

Changes have also been made to the award for the UK’s most welcoming theatre. In previous years this was decided by a public vote, but from 2019 the award will be decided by a panel of judges. The theatres nominated are the New Vic (Newcastle-under-Lyme), Storyhouse (Chester) and the Young Vic (London).

Julian Bird, Chief Executive of UK Theatre, said:

‘The UK’s performing arts scene has never been more multifaceted, and this year’s nominations reflect an unprecedented variety of creative voices, bringing to life a broad spectrum of stories on stages around the country. It is fantastic to see so much new and rising talent among the nominees, and we look forward to bringing the industry together in celebration at the UK Theatre Awards.

The UK Theatre Awards are sponsored by Harbottle & Lewis, Integro Entertainment & Sport, John Good, SeatGeek, Theatre Tokens and White Light.


Full list of nominations for the UK Theatre Awards 2019

Best New Play

  • LIFE OF PI adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti from the novel by Yann Martel – a Sheffield Theatres production
  • THE WATSONS by Laura Wade – a Chichester Festival Theatre production
  • ULSTER AMERICAN by David Ireland – a Traverse Theatre Company production at Lyric Theatre, Belfast
  • Best Musical Production
  • THE COLOR PURPLE directed by Tinuke Craig – a Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome co-production
  • STANDING AT THE SKY’S EDGE directed by Robert Hastie – a Sheffield Theatres production
  • WEST SIDE STORY directed by Sarah Frankcom – a Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester production

Best Play Revival

  • DEATH OF A SALESMAN directed by Sarah Frankcom – a Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester production
  • EQUUS directed by Ned Bennett – an English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East production
  • PLENTY directed by Kate Hewitt – a Chichester Festival Theatre production
  • Best Show for Children and Young People
  • BILLIONAIRE BOY THE MUSICAL directed by Luke Sheppard – a Nuffield Southampton Theatres production in association with Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
  • NOUGHTS AND CROSSES directed by Esther Richardson – a Pilot Theatre and Derby Theatre production
  • TALE TRAIL TO THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS directed by Teresa Heskins – a New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme production

Best Director

  • Atri Banerjee for HOBSON’S CHOICE – a Royal Exchange Theatre production
  • Katie Posner for MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD – a Theatre by the Lake production
  • Max Webster for LIFE OF PI – a Sheffield Theatres production

Best Design

  • Carolyn Downing, Andrzej Goulding, Tim Hatley and Tim Lutkin for LIFE OF PI – a Sheffield Theatres production
  • Ti Green for TOUCHING THE VOID – a Royal & Derngate Northampton, Bristol Old Vic, Royal Lyceum Edinburgh and Fuel co-production
  • Rosanna Vize for THE AUDIENCE a Nuffield Southampton Theatres production

Best Performance in a Play

  • Faye Castelow for THE AUDIENCE – a Nuffield Southampton Theatres production
  • Hiran Abeysekera for LIFE OF PI – a Sheffield Theatres production
  • Kudzai Sitima for PRINCESS & THE HUSTLER – an Eclipse Theatre Company, Bristol Old Vic and Hull Truck Theatre production
  • Mark Gatiss for THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE III – a Nottingham Playhouse production

Best Performance in a Musical

  • Audrey Brisson for AMÉLIE THE MUSICAL – a Watermill Theatre, Hartshorn–Hook Productions, Selladoor Worldwide and Broadway Asia production
  • Jenna Russell for THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY – a Menier Chocolate Factory production
  • Rebecca Trehearn for SWEET CHARITY – a Nottingham Playhouse production

Best Supporting Performance

  • Esh Alladi for HOBSON’S CHOICE – a Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester production
  • Jocasta Almgill for WEST SIDE STORY – a Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester production
  • Emmanuel Kojo for OKLAHOMA! – a Chichester Festival Theatre production

Achievement in Dance

  • Scottee – for FAT BLOKES, an uplifting collaboration with choreographer Lea Anderson and a gutsy cast
  • Scottish Ballet – for the world premiere of Helen Pickett’s outstanding dance-theatre adaptation of THE CRUCIBLE
  • Yorke Dance Project – for their unique Cohan Collective initiative and distinctive programming

Achievement in Opera

  • Buxton International Festival at Buxton Opera House – for the world premiere of GEORGIANA
  • Opera North – for TOSCA
  • Welsh National Opera – for WAR AND PEACE

Digital Innovation

  • Hull Truck Theatre
  • Northern Ballet
  • Scottish Ballet

Workforce Award sponsored by Integro Entertainment & Sport

  • Hull Truck Theatre
  • Mayflower Theatre
  • Northern Stage

Excellence in Touring

  • National Theatre of Scotland
  • Northern Ballet
  • Pilot Theatre

Excellence in Inclusivity

  • Bush Theatre
  • Mercury Theatre
  • Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Excellence in Arts Education

  • Derby Theatre
  • Oldham Coliseum Theatre
  • Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre sponsored by Theatre Tokens

  • New Vic Theatre - Newcastle-under-Lyme
  • Storyhouse - Chester
  • Young Vic – London
Header Image Credit: Richard Eyre and Maxine Peake - UK Theatre Awards 2018 (Pamela Raith Photography)

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