Fri 15 Sep 2017

Curve has been shortlisted for The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre and the Award for Best Show for Children and Young People at the prestigious UK Theatre Awards.

Announced 14 September, the UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide awards to honour and celebrate the outstanding achievements of regional theatre across the UK.

This year, Curve has been recognised for its tour of Sister Act, a co-production with Jamie Wilson Productions. Since opening at Curve in July 2016, the show has visited over 30 venues in the UK, Ireland and Monaco, finishing its run in Plymouth in July this year and playing to over 500,000 people.

Curve has also been nominated for Best Show for Children and Young People for Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, a co-production with Nuffield Southampton Theatre in association with Lyric Hammersmith.

Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said in a joint statement:

“Curve on Tour continues to grow in breadth and reach and we are delighted to be recognised for our achievements with this nomination. Here in the UK and across the world, almost 640,000 people saw a Made at Curve production on tour over the 2016/17 period.

“We’re immensely proud of the success of Sister Act, a production which was seen by over half a million people on its tour. It’s a great pleasure to be working with Jamie Wilson Productions again in the very near future with the production of An Officer and a Gentleman which will open at Curve next spring before touring the UK.”

Fantastic Mr Fox was a real triumph; as a co-production with Nuffield Southampton Theatre and in association with Lyric Hammersmith, these award nominations are a testament to the strength of our co-producing relationships.”

Speaking about the nomination, Jamie Wilson, co-producer of Sister Act said:

“I’m absolutely thrilled that Sister Act was one of the most successful tours of the last year and was seen by over 500,000 people.

”Working with Curve on this co-production proves what incredible results can be achieved through great collaboration.”

The award nominations follow Curve’s recent shortlisting for the C&IT award for Best Use of a Small Budget for Local Offer Live 2017. The event saw its theatre spaces transformed to provide information and opportunities to those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families.

Curve is also in the running to become named as the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre 2017 by UK Theatre Awards with Smooth Radio. The public vote is now open and closes 19 September at 12 noon –

This year’s UK Theatre Awards will take place at London’s Guildhall, on Sunday 15 October 2017.

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