Sondheim tops U.K. nominations

Noms for Theater Awards U.K. annnounced


Highly lauded Sondheim revivals dominate the nominations of the 2012 Theater Awards U.K., with five of the six noms for musical production and musical performance divided among helmer Jonathan Kent’s Chichester Festival Theater revival of “Sweeney Todd” and Jonathan Munby’s Sheffield Crucible revival of “Company.”

“Sweeney” recently completed a limited six-month West End transfer while the latter is eyeing a 2013 West End berth. The sole non-Sondheim nod went to the new tuner “The Go-Between,” helmed by Roger Haines and produced by West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal and Derngate, Northampton and Derby Live!

Nominations in the 14 other categories for the only U.K.-wide awards for regional theater include a play nom for U.S. dramatist Sarah Ruhl’s “In the Next Room” at the Theater Royal Bath. She’s up against Duncan MacMillan for “Lungs,” a Sheffield Theaters and Paines Plough co-production, and David Hare for “South Downs,” a Chichester Festival Theater production.

Other notable awards include touring production, which this year will be decided by public vote. The competitors are English Touring Theater and Shakespeare’s Globe’s “Anne Boleyn”; Curve Theater Leicester’s “The King and I”; Graeae Theater Company and New Wolsey Theater’s “Reasons to Be Cheerful”; Bristol Old Vic’s “Swallows and Amazons,” presented by Children’s Touring Partnership in association with the National Theater; and Northern Broadsides’ “We Are Three Sisters.”

The awards will be presented at a lunchtime ceremony Oct. 28 at London’s Guildhall.

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