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The Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain - photo by Robert Day

Belgrade Theatre Shows in running for Twelve Top Awards

Uncle Vanya, a co-production with London’s Arcola Theatre, has been nominated for eight Off West End Awards (Offies) including Best Production, while writer and director Helena Kaut-Howson is in the running for Best Director.

Simon Gregor, who played Astrov, Paul Bigley, who played Telegin and Jon Strickland, who played Vanya, have all been nominated for Best Male Actor and Hara Yannas has been nominated for Best Female Actor for her portrayal of Sonya. The show is also in the running for Best Set Design by Sophie Jump and Best Lighting Design by Alex Wardle.

The show played in B2 in April this year before transferring to the Arcola in London and was acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.

Over 80 theatres are participating in the Off West End Awards with over 400 productions being considered over the year by 40 qualified assessors made up of members from the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass and the OffWestEnd.com Super Club.

The winners will be chosen by a panel of theatre critics including Mark Shenton from The Sunday Express, Ian Shuttleworth from The Financial Times and Daisy Bowie-Sell from the Daily Telegraph and announced at a ceremony in London at the end of February 2012.

The Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain, which was a three way co-production with the Traverse Theatre in Scotland and English Touring Theatre and played on the Belgrade’s Main Stage in October last year, has been nominated for four CATS (Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland) Awards. The show has been nominated for Best Production for Children and Young People and Best Ensemble while Sound Designer Nikola Kodjabashia has been nominated for Best Use of Music and Sound, and writer Chris Hannan has been nominated for Best New Play.

The CATS Awards are organised annually and awarded by the theatre critics of Scotland to celebrate the best Scottish theatre achievements in the theatre year May to April.

Hamish Glen, the Belgrade’s Artistic Director said, “We are delighted that two of our most recently produced shows have attracted these award nominations from London and Scotland, and in particular the range of nominations for the performers and creative teams involved in the making of the shows.”

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