2014 SYDNEY THEATRE AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
December 16, 2014
Nominations were announced today for the Sydney Theatre Awards for 2014, which will be presented at a gala ceremony on Monday January 19, 2015 at 6pm at the Paddington RSL.
Leading the list with nine nominations is the Hayes Theatre Co’s Sweet Charity, followed by Sport for Jove’s All’s Well That Ends Well with eight nominations. Sydney Theatre Company’s Switzerland and Squabbologic’s The Drowsy Chaperone both have seven nominations, while Bell Shakespeare’s Henry V and Red Line Productions’ Howie the Rookie each have six. Nominations were spread across a record 49 different productions which played on Sydney stages during the calendar year of 2014.
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), Deborah Jones (The Australian), Jo Litson (The Sunday Telegraph), John McCallum (The Australian), Ben Neutze (Crikey/ Daily Review), John Shand (Sydney Morning Herald), Diana Simmonds (Stagenoise website), Polly Simons (Daily Telegraph) and Cassie Tongue (Aussietheatre website).
Additional categories have been added this year in the independent sector (lighting design), musicals (musical direction), cabaret and ensemble cast performance.
The reviewers all felt 2014 was an extraordinary year for theatre in Sydney. Elissa Blake said, “The Sydney theatre scene is growing stronger every year with many new independent companies creating gutsy, well-crafted productions that challenge what a night in the theatre can be. Audiences have seen ground-breaking queer theatre, provocative new Australian plays, many by women writers, much-needed stories from Asian cultures and a burgeoning of a new small-scale musical theatre scene. It all bodes well for 2015.”
Deborah Jones added, “Each year it’s a great privilege to see the extraordinary range of theatre this city offers, all of it done with great commitment and some of it backed with not much more than passion and determination to do a lot with very little. It was particularly thrilling this year to have a long and strong list of contenders for Best New Australian Work and I couldn’t be happier about a category we felt we had to include this year - that of Best Ensemble Cast.”
Vying for Best Mainstage Production are Henry V (Bell Shakespeare), The Glass Menagerie (Belvoir), Switzerland (Sydney Theatre Company) and Tartuffe (Bell Shakespeare). The nominees for Best Independent Production are All’s Well That Ends Well (Sport for Jove), Constellations (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), A Doll’s House (Sport for Jove) and Howie the Rookie (Red Line Productions in association with Strange Duck Productions and SITCo).