Nominees announced for 2020 Black British Theatre Awards

Nominees have been revealed for the Black British Theatre Awards.

Voted for by the public, the Black British Theatre Awards serve to celebrate the work of black performers and creatives working in UK theatre. This year’s ceremony will be held at the Young Vic and broadcast on Sky Arts in late October.

The 2020 Black British Theatre Awards programme will be produced by Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah and directors Charlie Di Placido and Kojey Radical. Further details including host, presenters and performers are still to be announced.

Solange Urdang and Omar F Okai, directors of the Black British Theatre Awards, said: “This is an important year, with UK theatre coming to a standstill and the Black Lives Matter movement protests.

“We feel it is important now more than ever to highlight the wonderful black British talent we have in abundance and hope to bring positivity to such a difficult time.”

THE NOMINEES IN FULL

Best Director of a Play or Musical

  • Clint Dyer for Death of England at the National Theatre, London
  • Nadia Latif for Fairview at the Young Vic, London
  • Ola Ince for Appropriate at the Donmar Warehouse, London
  • Roy Alexander Weise for ‘Master Harold’… and the Boys at the National Theatre

Best Producer

  • Adrian Grant for Thriller Live at the Lyric Theatre, London
  • Nicole Raquel Dennis and Ryan Carter for Turn Up! at Cadogan Hall, London
  • Tobi Kyeremateng for My White Best Friend (and Other Letters Left Unsaid) at the Royal Court Theatre, London

Best Choreographer

  • Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy for Redd at the Barbican Theatre, London
  • Lanre Malaolu for Pass Over at the Kiln Theatre, London
  • Shelley Maxwell for ‘Master Harold’… and the Boys at the National Theatre

Best Dance Performance in a Dance Production

  • Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy for Redd at the Barbican Theatre
  • Marcelino Sambé for The Cellist at the Royal Opera House, London

Best Dance Production

  • Ingoma by Ballet Black at the Barbican Theatre
  • Redd by Boy Blue at the Barbican Theatre
  • Some Like It Hip Hop by ZooNation at the Peacock Theatre, London

Best Use of Innovation and Technology

  • Nicole Raquel Dennis and Ryan Carter for Turn Up! at Cadogan Hall

Light and Sound Recognition Award

  • Carmen Wright
  • Simeon Miller
  • Tony Gayle

Costume Design Recognition Award

  • Jodie Simone Howe
  • Maybelle Laye
  • Natalie Pryce

Book and Lyrics Recognition Award

  • Arinzé Kene
  • Roy Williams
  • Shirley Thompson

Musical Director Recognition Award

  • Ian Oakley
  • Sean Green
  • Shiloh Coke

Casting Director Recognition Award

  • Isabella Odoffin

Best Male Actor in a Play

  • Lucian Msamati for ‘Master Harold’… and the Boys at the National Theatre
  • Paapa Essiedu for Pass Over at the Kiln Theatre
  • Valentine Olukoga for The Fishermen at Trafalgar Studios

Best Female Actor in a Play

  • Rakie Ayola for On Bear Ridge at the Royal Court Theatre, London
  • Ronke Adekoluejo for Three Sisters at the National Theatre
  • Sharon D Clarke for Death of a Salesman at the Piccadilly Theatre, London

Best Supporting Male Actor in a Play

  • Arinzé Kene for Death of a Salesman at the Young Vic Theatre
  • Nari Blair-Mangat for Cyrano de Bergerac at the Playhouse Theatre, London
  • Reice Weathers for The Upstart Crow at the Gielgud Theatre, London

Best Supporting Female Actor in a Play

  • Cherrelle Skeete for The High Table at the Bush Theatre, London
  • Michele Austin for Cyrano de Bergerac at the Playhouse Theatre
  • Rosalind Eleazar for Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London

Best Production of a Play

  • Death of a Salesman at the Piccadilly Theatre
  • Fairview at the Young Vic Theatre
  • Three Sisters at the National Theatre

Best Male Actor in a Musical

  • Jason Brock for Thriller Live at the Lyric Theatre
  • Jonathan Andrew Hume for Come from Away at the Phoenix Theatre, London
  • Noah Thomas for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre, London

Best Female Actor in a Musical

  • Aisha Jawando for Tina – The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre
  • Maiya Quansah-Breed for Six at the Arts Theatre, London
  • Miriam-Teak Lee for & Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre

Best Supporting Male Actor in a Musical

  • Arun Blair-Mangat for & Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre
  • Nicholas McLean for Wicked at the Apollo Victoria
  • Tarinn Callender for Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London

Best Supporting Female Actor in a Musical

  • Melanie La Barrie for & Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre
  • Nicole Raquel Dennis for Dear Evan Hansen at the Noël Coward Theatre, London
  • Shanay Holmes for The Bridges of Madison County at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Best Musical Production

  • Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre
  • Thriller Live at the Lyric Theatre
  • Tina – The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre

LGBTQ+ Champion Award

  • Arun Blair-Mangat
  • Layton Williams
  • Rikki Beadle-Blair

Disability Champion Award

  • Chris Fonseca
  • Rachel Nwokoro

Best Teacher of Performing Arts as a Subject

  • David Blake, WAC Arts
  • Dollie Henry, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  • Kamara Gray, Urdang Academy/Artistry Youth Dance

Best Recent Graduate Award

  • Danielle Fiamanya, Guildford School of Acting
  • Stacy Abalogun, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
  • Tonye Scott-Obene, Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Shirley Thompson

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