Drum Production Nominated For Award

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Love, Love, Love, a Drum Theatre Plymouth and Paines Plough production has been nominated for Best New Play at this year’s Theatre Awards UK.

The awards are given by the Theatrical Management Association to honour creative excellence and the outstanding work seen on stages throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

*Love, Love, Love *_premiered at the Drum in October 2010, and has since gone on to tour, receiving critical acclaim across the country. It is written by Mike Bartlett, who has already won numerous awards for his previous work, and wrote _Earthquakes In London which started its nationwide tour at the Theatre Royal Plymouth recently.

Elsewhere, the Touring Partnership productions _*Richard III *_and _*Comedy of Errors *_performed by the all-male company Propeller has been nominated for the Best Touring Production award. The Touring Partnership is a group of large scale regional venues which commissions and produces quality productions to tour and is chaired by Theatre Royal Chief Executive, Adrian Vinken.

New Adventures has beennominatedfor Matthew Bourne’s*_Cinderella_*, a show the Theatre Royal Plymouth launched and premiered last November, prior to its month long Christmas slot at Sadlers Wells Theatre in London.

And finally, the Hofesh Shechter company is nominated for Political Mother. The Theatre Royal Plymouth launched this piece for its very first performances in May last year, prior to the Brighton Festival and performance at Sadlers Wells in London. The workwill remainin repertoire for international touring.

Julian Bird, Chief Executive of the TMA said: “The nominations for the 2011 Theatre Awards UK demonstrate the strength and excellence of theatre, dance and opera throughout the UK. From new plays to innovative site specific theatre to some truly outstanding performances, all are represented in this year’s shortlists. Also encouraging is the regional and geographical spread of nominated theatres, and we look forward to honouring someone’s exceptional lifetime contribution to regional theatre throughout the UK.”

The awards will be presented at the Banqueting House, Whitehall on Sunday 30 October 2011.

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