Blanchett, Sydney Theatre Company & WAR OF THE ROSES Lead Sydney Theatre Award Nominations; Ceremony Held 1/18
Nominations were announced today for the Sydney Theatre Awards for 2009, which will be presented at a gala ceremony on Monday January 18 at 6pm at the new venue of the Showroom of Club Swans, Kings Cross.
Leading the list of nominations is the Sydney Theatre Company/ Sydney Festival production of The War of the Roses with nine nominations, including Best Mainstage Production, Best Director (Benedict Andrews), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Cate Blanchett), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Pamela Rabe), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Ewen Leslie), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (John Gaden), Best Set Design (Robert Cousins), Best Costume Design (Alice Babidge) and Best Lighting Design (Nick Schlieper).
When the Rain Stops Falling, a Brink Productions/ Sydney Theatre Company production, receives six nominations, STC's A Streetcar Named Desire receives five, and receiving three nominations each are Company B's Happy Days, The Hayloft Project /B Sharp's The Only Child and STC's The City. In Musical Theatre categories, Chicago leads with four nominations, followed by WICKED and Avenue Q, each with three. Nominations are spread across 32 different productions produced in Sydney during the calendar year of 2009.
The Sydney Theatre Awards are run by a group of theatre critics to celebrate the strength, quality and diversity of theatre in Sydney. The Sydney Theatre Reviewers consist of Jason Blake (Sydney Morning Herald), Deborah Jones (The Australian), Alex Lalak (Daily Telegraph), Jo Litson (The Sunday Telegraph), John McCallum (The Australian), Diana Simmonds (Stagenoise) and John Shand (Sydney Morning Herald).
Diana Simmonds, co-founder of the Sydney Theatre Reviewers and Stagenoise.com, said "Ever since we rebirthed credible awards for the theatre makers of Sydney we've wondered what each successive year would bring. We've always hoped for the best and each year we have been thrilled, surprised and proud of the work we have witnessed in theatres of all sizes across the city. We are privileged to live in interesting times and the 2009 nominees prove that there is more than one way to interpret the Chinese proverb. Right across the spectrum we see wonderful work, great actors, creative imaginations and extraordinary value for money. The live experience - you and the actor - is priceless and yet again Sydney proves to be a treasure chest."
Vying for Best Mainstage Production are Happy Days (Company B), A Streetcar Named Desire (Sydney Theatre Company), The War of the Roses (Sydney Theatre Company/ Sydney Festival) and When the Rain Stops Falling (Sydney Theatre Company/ Brink Productions). The nominees for Best Independent Production are Beyond the Neck (Bambina Borracha Productions in association with B Sharp), The Bougainville Photoplay Project (Version 1.0 in association with the Tamarama Rock Surfers), Norm & Ahmed/ Shafana & Aunt Sarrinah (Alex Buzo Company) and The Only Child (The Hayloft Project in association with B Sharp).
The 2009 Sydney Theatre Award Nominations:
BEST MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION
Happy Days (Company B)
A Streetcar Named Desire (Sydney Theatre Company)
The War of the Roses (Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Festival)
When the Rain Stops Falling (Sydney Theatre Company and Brink Productions)
BEST INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION
Beyond the Neck (Bambina Borracha Productions in association with B Sharp)
The Bougainville Photoplay Project (Version 1.0 in association with the Tamarama Rock Surfers)
Norm & Ahmed/ Shafana & Aunt Sarrinah (Alex Buzo Company)
The Only Child (The Hayloft Project in association with B Sharp)
Benedict Andrews (The City)
Benedict Andrews (The War of the Roses)
Chris Drummond (When the Rain Stops Falling)
Marion Potts (Venus and Adonis)
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE
Cate Blanchett (A Streetcar Named Desire)
Cate Blanchett (The War of the Roses)
Julie Forsyth (Happy Days)
Pamela Rabe (The War of the Roses)
BEST ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE
Joel Edgerton (A Streetcar Named Desire)
Darren Gilshenan (Strange Attractor)
Ewen Leslie (The War of the Roses)
Ben Winspear (Baghdad Wedding)