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New Vic receives double award nomination at national UK Theatre Awards

New Vic receives double award nomination at national UK Theatre Awards

25th September 2017

Two New Vic Theatre productions have been nominated for a top honour in the prestigious UK Theatre Awards.

The Snow Queen and Around The World In 80 Days are both nominated in the category of Best Show for Children and Young People at the UK Theatre Awards. Celebrating creative excellence, these nationwide awards honour outstanding achievement in theatre with nominations made and voted for by leading industry experts.

Classic children’s tale The Snow Queen was adapted and directed by New Vic Artistic Director Theresa Heskins and took centre-stage at the New Vic last Christmas. Supported by KMF Group, over the course of its run more than 40,000 people, including almost 30,000 children and young people, saw the production, with many schoolchildren experiencing their first visit to the theatre.

Around The World In 80 Days, co-produced with Kenny Wax Family Entertainment and Simon Friend, in association with Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester and also directed by Theresa Heskins, is currently touring the length and breadth of the country after wowing audiences of all ages for the third time at the theatre-in-the-round this summer.

Theresa Heskins said: “Creating brilliant theatre for young people and families is hugely important to us at the New Vic. We’re so proud of both of these productions and are thrilled they have been nominated in the UK Theatre Awards. It’s wonderful to see our work being recognised at this national level at a time when Stoke-on-Trent is bidding to be UK City of Culture 2021 and Around The World In 80 Days continues to tour the country.”

 The Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Curve production of Fantastic Mr Fox completes the nominations in this category.

The New Vic is also competing to win the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre Award with Smooth Radio. Public voting for the award closes at noon on Tuesday 19 September. For information and to vote visit

 Winners will be announced on Sunday 15 October at a ceremony hosted by Olivier-nominated actress Sharon D Clarke at London’s Guildhall. The full list of nominations is available online at

Article by Claire Walker

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