The Flick leads NHB nominees at WhatsOnStage AwardsThursday, December 01, 2016
The nominees for the 17th WhatsOnStage Awards were announced today (1 December), with The Flick by Annie Baker just one of a number of NHB-published productions nominated across various categories.
The Flick is nominated for Best New Play. Set in a run-down movie theatre in central Massachusetts, Annie Baker's hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world made its UK debut at the National Theatre, London, in April. It previously won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and was also nominated for the 2016 Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play.
Two other NHB authors are up for Best New Play: Tony Kushner for The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, and Jack Thorne for his collaboration on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The latter has the most nominations of any production at this year's WhatsOnStage awards, with a total of eleven nods across nine categories.
The National Theatre production of The Deep Blue Sea by Terence Rattigan is shortlisted for Best Play Revival. Directed by Carrie Cracknell, it received critical acclaim, being praised by the Guardian as 'an impassioned production that illuminates Rattigan’s psychological understanding and boasts a shining performance from Helen McCrory' (recognised with a nomination for Best Actress in a Play). The Deep Blue Sea was also broadcast at cinemas nationwide as part of NT Live.
Elsewhere, Lazarus by David Bowie and Enda Walsh received four nominations - for Best Actor in a Musical (Michael C Hall), Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Amy Lennox and Sophia Anne Caruso) and Best Video Design (Tal Yarden) - while Branagh Theatre's production of Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre is shortlisted in three categories: Best Actress in a Play (Lily James), Best Supporting Actor in a Play (Derek Jacobi) and Best Supporting Actress in a Play (Meera Syal). Mike Bartlett's darkly comic play Wild, first seen at Hampstead Theatre in June, is nominated for Best Set Design (Miriam Buether).
Voting for the WhatsOnStage Awards is now open until 31 January - choose your favourites here. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 19 February.
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