The Empty Space…Peter Brook Award is presented annually by London Theatre Review. It is founded by theatre critic and publisher Blanche Marvin and the judging panel includes leading theatre critics and producers. The award is described by Blanche as being designed “to recognise the work, pioneering concepts and innovations in the spirit of Peter Brook, achieved by venues performing in smaller theatre spaces.”
The two other nominees for the award are The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond and the Finborough Theatre in London. The Drum Theatre has been nominated by Lyn Gardner, theatre critic for the Guardian and is described as follows in the nominee entry:
“The Drum Theatre sustains its quality along with its quantity (too numerous to list) of productions in its range of new plays and new theatre. It is the symbol of the South’s vitality, its exuberant energy, opening vistas for its own studio and for its regional tours which are often co produced.”
The Empty Space…Peter Brook Award 2007 ceremony takes place on Wednesday 31 October at the Young Vic.