Nottingham Playhouse was awarded regional theatre at the year at The Stage newspaper’s annual awards, thanks to 2018’s five-star productions starring renowned actors.
The Playhouse celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2018 with a glowingly reviewed run of The Madness of George III. Starring Olivier-award winner Mark Gatiss, the production was described by the Guardian as “sensational” and “a triumph” by the Nottingham Post.
The Playhouse beat other large theatres that were shortlisted for the award such as The Royal Exchange in Manchester and Theatr Clwyd in Mold.
“I’m so pleased that this prestigious award recognises the hard work of the whole organisation”
Adam Penford, artistic director at Nottingham Playhouse, said: “Twelve months ago we set out to firmly position the Playhouse as one of the leading UK theatres and I’m so pleased that this prestigious award recognises the hard work of the whole organisation in pursuing that aim.”
Much of the success of the theatre comes from Penford’s creative direction, especially the previously mentioned production of The Madness of George III. He is spearheading a production of Wonderland which will open on Friday, February 14.
Set in the Nottinghamshire pits of 1983, it focuses on the miners’ strike in the area of that time. The play showcases a huge amount of local talent, with many of the cast and crew from Nottingham, including the writer Beth Steel.
Stephanie Sirr, chief executive at Nottingham Playhouse, said: “We are fully committed to making accessible and enjoyable theatre, for and about our community and I want
to thank everyone who has supported us over the past year.”