Nominations have been announced for the Sydney Theatre Awards for 2011, to be presented at a gala ceremony on Monday January 16, 2012 at 6pm at the Paddington RSL.
Leading the list of nominations with seven nominations each are Belvoir’s The Dark Room and the musical Hairspray, followed by The Libertine and The Wild Duck each with five nominations, and Baal, Gross und Klein, Mary Poppins, Neighbourhood Watch and The Seagull with four nominations each.
The Sydney Theatre Awards are presented annually by a group of leading theatre critics to celebrate the strength, quality and diversity of theatre in Sydney. The Sydney Theatre Reviewers consist of Elissa Blake (Sun Herald), Jason Blake (Sydney Morning Herald), Chris Hook (Daily Telegraph), Deborah Jones (The Australian), Darryn King (Time Out Sydney), Jo Litson (The Sunday Telegraph), John McCallum (The Australian) and Diana Simmonds (Stagenoise).
Additional categories have been added this year – Best Direction and Best Performance by an Actor and Actress in the Independent sector, and Best Supporting Performer in a Musical.
John McCallum said, “It's not just the high quality that has made this such an exciting year – it’s the incredible variety of different forms and styles and the new connections that have been made at all levels of our theatre. Audiences have been loving and hating things, and passionately arguing about them, which is always a good sign of an adventurous theatre.”
“I think 2011 will be remembered as an outstanding year for theatre generally, but I was struck by the contribution made by women,” added Elissa Blake. “The nominations for the Sydney Theatre Awards this year are a tribute to our emerging directors and playwrights, our world class designers, and to actresses who are resetting their own benchmarks.”
Vying for Best Mainstage Production are Gross und Klein (Sydney Theatre Company), Much Ado About Nothing (Bell Shakespeare), The Dark Room (Belvoir), Neighbourhood Watch (Belvoir) and The Wild Duck (Belvoir). The nominees for Best Independent Production are The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer (Perth Theatre Company and Weeping Spoon Productions in association with Sydney Festival), Africa (My Darling Patricia presented by Sydney Theatre Company), The Disappearances Project (Version 1.0), The Libertine (Sport for Jove Theatre in association with Darlinghurst Theatre Company) and Smashed (Griffin Independent).
FULL LIST OF NOMINATIONS – 2011 SYDNEY THEATRE AWARDS
BEST MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION Gross und Klein (Sydney Theatre Company) Much Ado About Nothing (Bell Shakespeare) The Dark Room (Belvoir) Neighbourhood Watch (Belvoir) The Wild Duck (Belvoir)
BEST INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer (Perth Theatre Company and Weeping Spoon Productions in association with Sydney Festival) Africa (My Darling Patricia presented by Sydney Theatre Company) The Disappearances Project (Version 1.0) The Libertine (Sport for Jove Theatre in association with Darlinghurst Theatre Company) Smashed (Griffin Independent)
BEST DIRECTION OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION Benedict Andrews (Gross und Klein) Simon Stone (Baal) Simon Stone (The Wild Duck) Leticia Cáceres (The Dark Room)
BEST DIRECTION OF AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION Sarah Giles (The Ugly One) Lee Lewis (10,000 Beers) Halcyon Macleod (Africa) Terry Karabelas and Damien Ryan (The Libertine)
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION Cate Blanchett (Gross und Klein) Judy Davis (The Seagull) Kate Mulvany (Julius Caesar) Robyn Nevin (Neighbourhood Watch) Susie Porter (Summer of the 17th Doll)
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION Brendan Cowell (The Dark Room) Ewen Leslie (The Wild Duck) Colin Moody (Julius Caesar) Toby Schmitz (Much Ado About Nothing)
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION Emily Barclay (The Seagull) Anita Hegh (The Wild Duck) Kris McQuade (Neighbourhood Watch) Billy Rose Pritchard (The Dark Room)
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION Bille Brown (The Seagull) Josh McConville (In the Next Room, or the vibrator play) Sean O’Shea (Much Ado About Nothing) Anthony Phelan (The Wild Duck)
BEST ACTRESS IN AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION Danielle King (The Libertine) Suzannah McDonald (Smashed) Helen O’Leary (God’s Ear) Lizzie Schebesta (As You Like It)
BEST ACTOR IN AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION Darren Gilshenan (Fools Island) Anthony Gooley (The Libertine) Marcus Johnson (The Brothers Size) Sean O’Shea (The Libertine) Meyne Wyatt (The Brothers Size)
BEST STAGE DESIGN Michael Hankin (The Dark Room) Eamon D’Arcy, Robbie Klaesi, Tracey Taylor, Frantz Kantor and Digital Pulse (Hairspray) Nick Schlieper (Baal) Clare Watson and Rob Miller (Smashed)
BEST COSTUME DESIGN Alice Babidge (Gross und Klein) Janet Hine (Hairspray) Tracy Grant Lord (In the Next Room, or the vibrator play) Romance Was Born (Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness)
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN Damien Cooper (The Seagull) Christopher Page (The Dark Room) Danny Pettingill (Cut) Nick Schlieper (Baal)
BEST SCORE OR SOUND DESIGN Steve Francis (Bloodland) Stefan Gregory (Baal) Alan John and Steve Francis (The White Guard) Ekrem Mulayim (Cut)
BEST NEW AUSTRALIAN WORK Cut (Duncan Graham) The Dark Room (Angela Betzien) Neighbourhood Watch (Lally Katz) Silent Disco (Lachlan Philpott)
BEST NEWCOMER Shareena Clanton (My Wonderful Day) Sophie Hensser (Silent Disco) Belinda Jombwe (My Wonderful Day) Meyne Wyatt (The Brothers Size/Silent Disco/Bloodland)
BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL Doctor Zhivago Hairspray The Last Five Years Mary Poppins
JUDITH JOHNSON AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL Jaz Flowers (Hairspray) Verity Hunt-Ballard (Mary Poppins) Lucy Maunder (Doctor Zhivago) Katrina Retallick (No Way To Treat A Lady)
JUDITH JOHNSON AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MUSICAL Trevor Ashley (Hairspray) Paul Capsis (The Threepenny Opera) Jason Langley (No Way To Treat A Lady) Matt Lee (Mary Poppins)
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL Jack Chambers (Hairspray) Martin Crewes (Doctor Zhivago) Esther Hannaford (Hairspray) Philip Quast (Mary Poppins)
BEST PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN Boats (Terrapin Puppet Theatre in association with Darlinghurst Theatre) I, Bunyip (Erth in association with the Sydney Children's Festival at Carriageworks) Me and My Shadow (Patch Theatre Company in association with the Sydney Opera House) Snow on Mars (Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image in association with the Sydney Festival)
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD To be announced at the Awards ceremony