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Paul Nicholas, Sue Holderness, Jeff Rawle and Wendi Peters, Mark Douet


Mark Goucher and Davis Ian / Everyman Theatre at Sheffield Lyceum

Jason Watkins (Ralph), Johan Persson


Theatre Royal Haymarket

Vidya Patel (Leela), Subhash Viman Gorania (Lehna Singh), Simon Richardson

The Troth

Akademi at Curve Theatre, Leicester

Taj Atwal as Rita and Gemma Dobson as Sue, Richard Davenport

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

Out of Joint, Octagon Theatre and Royal Court Theatre at Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

David Ricardo Pearce (Hamlet), Richard Davenport


Octagon Theatre Bolton at Octagon Theatre Bolton

Paul Hunter as Napoleon, Hugo Glendinning

Napoleon Disrobed

Told by an Idiot, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Arcola Theatre at Arcola Theatre (Studio 1)

Going over the top, Jack Ladenburg


Original Theatre Company and Birdsong Productions at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham and touring

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde,

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Rose Theatre Kingston / Touring Consortium Theatre Company at Rose Theatre, Kingston

Dance: Sampled,

Dance: Sampled

The Lowry, Sadler's Wells and Birmingham Hippodrome at The Lowry

Rhys Meredith and Sara Gregory, Simon Gough

Woman Of Flowers

Theatr Pena / Taliesin at Richard Burton Theatre, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

You by Mark Wilson at VAULT Festival,


Longsight Theatre at VAULT Festival

Andrew Hollingworth and Oriana Charles in Bump!,


Buckle Up Theatre at VAULT Festival

Tom Kay (Stephen Wraysford) and Madeleine Knight (Isabelle Azaire), Jack Ladenburg


Birdsong Productions Ltd and The Original Theatre Company at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Brendan Charleson, Kieran Cudlip

A Number

The Other Room at The Other Room at Porters

The set and cast of Wonderland, Darren Bell


Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company at Nottingham Playhouse

Ruth Gemmell (Herself) and Sharon Small (Alice) in Still Alice, Geraint Lewis

Still Alice

West Yorkshire Playhouse in association with Michael Park for The Infinite Group at Courtyard Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse

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