The awards will be presented at a gala ceremony on Monday 20
January 2020 at 7pm at the York Theatre, Seymour Centre.
View the full list of nominees.
Leading the list with 10 nominations is The Beauty Queen of Leenane, produced by Sydney Theatre Company, followed byAmerican Psycho from BB Arts Entertainment, Two Doors Productions and Hayes Theatre Co, and Belvoir and Co-Curious’sCounting and Cracking, both on nine nominations. HMS Pinafore, produced by Hayes Theatre Co, was awarded eight nominations, while Griffin’sFirst Love is the RevolutionandAngels in Americafrom Apocalypse Theatre Company and Red Line Productions received seven nominations.
Nominations in the 34 categories were spread across 46 productions which played on Sydney stages during 2019.The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Sydney Theatre Company),Counting and Cracking (Belvoir and Co-Curious),First Love is the Revolution (Griffin Theatre Company) andPrima Facie (Griffin Theatre Company) are nominated for Best Mainstage Production. The nominees for Best Independent Production areAngels in America (Apocalypse Theatre Company in association with Red Line Productions),The Happy Prince (Little Ones Theatre),John (Outhouse Theatre Co and Seymour Centre) andKrapp’s Last Tape (Red Line Productions).
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 panel consists of Elissa Blake
(Audrey Journal), Jason Blake (Audrey Journal), Deborah Jones (The
Australian), Jade Kops (BroadwayWorld), Jo Litson (Limelight), John
McCallum (The Australian), Ben Neutze (Time Out), John Shand (The
Sydney Morning Herald), Diana Simmonds (Stagenoise), Cassie Tongue (Time
Out) and Suzy Wrong (Suzy Goes See).
The reviewers all felt 2019 was a very strong year for Sydney theatre. “The
initial list of nominations for performances by female actors was
particularly long and strong this year, and very difficult decisions had
to be made by the group to narrow it down to the final four nominees
in each acting category,” said Jo Litson. “It was hard to do,
and several performances that could easily have won an award had the
line-up not been so incredibly impressive didn’t make it to the
shortlist. But it says something for our industry that the level ofperformance was so high and the competition so fierce.”
Deborah Jones agreed, adding: “It was also immensely satisfying
to see theatre-makers embrace the diversity of Australian culture. It’s
clear from our list of nominees that audiences had their lives
enriched by artists and stories from an invigorating range of
backgrounds and perspectives. There’s more to be done there, however,
and it’s the only way to go if audiences are to become more strongly
representative of our society. The realisation some years ago that
women were vastly and most unfairly under-represented in theatre
directing and writing led to action that is now bearing brilliant fruit
as our nominations for Best Mainstage Production, Best Direction of a
Mainstream Production and Best New Australian Work attest. Onwards!”
The Sydney Theatre Awards gratefully thanks our major sponsor, The
Seaborn, Broughton and Walford Foundation, as well as other sponsors
William Fletcher Foundation, Showcast, Currency Press, Ticketmaster,
Hayes Theatre Co, Bellbird Cottages, Actors Benevolent Fund, ACMN, JPJ
Audio and Helen Constance.
The President of the Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation,
Peter Lowry OAM, has confirmed that the Foundation will once again be
the major sponsor of the Sydney Theatre Awards in January 2020. “We
are delighted to be able to support the 15th annual Sydney Theatre
Awards” he said. “We commend the leading theatre critics for their
efforts in recognising and rewarding the strength, quality and
diversity of particularly outstanding professional mainstage and
independent plays, musicals and performances produced over the last
twelve months in Sydney. The Sydney Theatre Awards is an important night
in the theatrical calendar and we look forward to congratulating all
the nominees and winners. The Friends of the Foundation are a growing
number of enthusiastic, regular theatre goers who are always keen to
support the wide variety of talent that will be acknowledged and
celebrated at the Awards,” he said.
The Foundation is a charity to assist the performing arts and,
following the wishes of founding President Dr Rodney Seaborn AO OBE,
proudly supports a wide variety of performing arts initiatives through
funding, attending performances and preserving precious theatrical
records for education and research as well as providing accessible and
affordable space for rehearsals and small performances.