In case you missed the news….
Theatr Clwyd’s ground-breaking production of The Assassination of Katie Hopkins was named Best Musical Production at the UK Theatre Awards, which celebrated outstanding achievements in regional theatre throughout the UK over the past year. Hosted by Tyrone Huntley, the Awards showcase the wealth of theatrical talent across the UK.
The Assassination of Katie Hopkins was awarded Best Musical Production, with strong competition from other nominees Miss Littlewood from the RSC, Pieces of String produced by the Mercury Theatre Colchester and TBO Productions, and the Bolton Octagon’s Summer Holiday.
Theatr Clwyd’s world première production of The Assassination of Katie Hopkins, an original new musical about truth, celebrity and public outrage, opened to critical acclaim when it played at Theatr Clwyd this Spring. Written by Chris Bush with music by Matt Winkworth, and directed by James Grieve, the show featured musical supervision from David White and musical direction by Jordan Li-Smith, both originally from Wrexham, and is an exploration of the frenetic aftermath of a shocking crime that divides the nation. The company comprised actors from across the UK, and saw Welsh actress Bethzienna Williams make her professional début in one of the leading roles.
Tamara Harvey, Theatr Clwyd’s Artistic Director and Executive Director Liam Evans-Ford said today, “We’re thrilled to see The Assassination of Katie Hopkins win Best Musical Production at this year’s UK Theatre Awards. It’s testament to the wonderful creative talents of writer Chris Bush and composer Matt Winkworth, as well as to our skilled team at Theatr Clwyd – set building, painting, prop-making and wardrobe – a rarity to have in-house as a regional producer. The production’s boldness in daring to ask the big questions of our society, and resounding endorsement of the British musical genre as the platform upon which to do it, captured the imagination of audiences and media alike. This also marks the culmination of an extraordinary year for our company, and we’re enormously proud of recognition from our industry for world-class theatre made here in North East Wales.”
Theatr Clwyd, one of the foremost producing theatres in Wales, was nominated for two further awards – Best New Play for Home I’m Darling, a co-production with National Theatre and the Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre for A Streetcar Named Desire, its co-production with Nuffield Southampton Theatres and English Touring Theatre.