Awards

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Fostering a diverse national musical theatre sector

The Musical Theatre Network Awards have been running since 2007 and through them we profile a wide range of new work that approaches the genre in a multitude of ways. We are looking for high quality work – from the traditional book, music and lyrics stable through to work that is advancing the form and experimenting with the idea of what musical theatre can be. Our criteria are deliberately broad as we want to be sure that we don’t miss out on something that might not consider itself as fitting within the more traditional form of musical theatre but that still uses song and narrative in a dramatic way.

We’ve just finished our 2014 Awards, seeing over seventy eight different shows and making a total of four awards. This year the judges felt that they really wanted to recognise the range and quality of the work being created that was experimenting with ways in which music and song could be used within storytelling, and so made awards to the following three shows:

The Future for Beginners from liveartshow

Lorraine and Alan from Bucket Club/Farnham Maltings/Pleasance Theatre/Colchester Arts Centre/ Escalator East to Edinburgh

Symphony by Ella Hickson, Nick Payne and Tom Wells from Nabokov and Soho Theatre

The judges  also made one further award – to Angela Darcy for her astonishing performance as Janis Joplin in Janis Joplin: Full Tilt from Regular Music with support from the National Theatre of Scotland

And finally, they made special commendations to the creative teams behind Bonenkai (The Letter Room) and Riptide: The Slasher Musical (Porgy Productions) in recognition of the potential shown by these emerging companies.

The full list of shortlisted shows for the 2014 Awards can be found below:

Alba – A New Scottish Musical from Finn Anderson Productions

Bonenkai from The Letter Room

The Duck Pond from withWings Theatre Company

The Future for Beginners from liveartshow

Janis Joplin: Full Tilt from Regular Music with support from the National Theatre of Scotland

Lorraine and Alan from Bucket Club/Farnham Maltings/Pleasance Theatre/Colchester Arts Centre/ Escalator East to Edinburgh

The Outback Games: A New Musical from Edwards Theatrical

Riptide: The Slasher Musical from Porgy Productions

Symphony by Ella Hickson, Nick Payne and Tom Wells from Nabokov and Soho Theatre

Victorian Vices – The Picture of Dorian Gray from Another Soup

And if you’re interested in seeing who previous nominees and winners have been, just click on the appropriate year: 2008; 2009; 2010; 2011; 2012; 2013

 

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"Your support of new musical theatre is SO important; our award nomination in 2011 was a huge boost"
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