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TMA Awards 2008

Photo by Keith Pattison

Feature by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SHOWS seen in London were among those honoured at this year’s Theatrical Management Association (TMA) Awards, which recognise the best in UK regional theatre.

Lee Hall’s play The Pitmen Painters, which premiered at Live Theatre, Newcastle before transferring to the National Theatre where it returns next year, was named Best New Play. And the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Gregory Burke’s Black Watch, which came to the Barbican in June, won Best Touring Production.

Best Director Award went to Michael Boyd, Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, for his staging of Shakespeare’s Histories cycle which was seen at the Roundhouse in April.

Marcus Romer’s adaptation of Anne Cassidy’s novel Looking For JJ, which played at the Unicorn in autumn 2007, received the Best Show for Children and Young People Award; and Mischief, which was commissioned by Sadler’s Wells from Theatre Rites and Arthur Pita, took the Achievement in Dance Award.

Manchester’s Royal Exchange, Chichester Festival Theatre and the Liverpool Playhouse also received awards. While the association’s Special Award for Individual Achievement went to theatre impresario Bill Kenwright .

The TMA Awards are the first in a season of award ceremonies that also includes the Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle, Theatregoers’ Choice and Olivier Awards.