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Chichester Festival Theatre wins two prestigious theatre awards for productions

  • Date: 15 November 2012
  • Area: South East
Sweeney Todd, Chichester Festival Theatre.

Sweeney Todd, Chichester Festival Theatre.. Credit: Photography by Catherine Ashmore

In keeping with the celebratory mood of Chichester Festival Theatre's 50th anniversary, two wins at this year’s Theatre Awards UK and several other award nominations gives the theatre more to smile about.

At this year’s Theatre Awards UK, Imelda Staunton won Best Performance in a Musical for her portrayal of Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd, first staged at Chichester during Festival 2011 before transferring to the West End earlier this year. Henry Goodman received the award for Best Performance in a Play in the title role of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, staged during Festival 2012.

The Theatre Awards UK, formerly known as the TMA Theatre Awards, is awarded by the Theatrical Management Association and is the only national set of awards to honour creative excellence and the outstanding achievement seen on and off stage throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Another South East success at the awards, announced in October, went to The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury for Achievement in Marketing.

The theatre also received nominations in the following categories: Best New Play: South Downs by David Hare; Best Musical Production: Sweeney Todd, directed by Jonathan Kent; and Best Performance in a Musical: Michael Ball in Sweeney Todd.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s productions have also been shortlisted in this year's Evening Standard Theatre Awards, which will be announced on 25 November. The Festival 2011's Singin' in the Rain and Sweeney Todd have been nominated for the Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical category.

Also shortlisted in the Best Musical category is the Bristol Old Vic production of Swallows and Amazons, presented by the National Theatre in association with the Children's Touring Partnership, which is led by Chichester Festival Theatre and independent producer Fiery Angel.

Jonathan Church, Artistic Director at Chichester Festival Theatre, said: ‘It’s wonderful to receive this recognition of Imelda and Henry’s extraordinary and unforgettable performances in these extremely demanding and complex roles. This is the Festival Theatre’s 50th year, and to win these accolades feels like a fitting conclusion to Festival 2012.’

For more about Chichester Festival Theatre, see cft.org.uk