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Megan Mikailovna Samarin, Second Secretary; Yelena Dyachek, First Secretary; Tracy Dahl, Chiang Ch’ing; HGO Chorus, Lynn Lane

Nixon in China

Houston Grand Opera at Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center

Gytha Parmentier and Roman Van Houtven, FKPH

Us / Them

BRONKS at Dorfman Theatre (National Theatre)

Hayley Wareham, Amy Loughton, Alex Jones and Cathy Owen, Pamela Raith


Cardboard Citizens at Cast, Doncaster

Stephen Boxer, Jeff Rawle and Julian Bleach, Darren Bell

Raising Martha

Michael James Cox and Tom O’Connell in association with Park Theatre at Park Theatre (200)

Nicholas Limm in Hamlet, George Riddell


Icarus Theatre Collective & Kings Theatre at Charter Theatre, Preston

Brandon Dirden as Booster and John Douglas Thompson as Becker, Joan Marcus


Manhattan Theatre Club at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, New York

Joseph Quinn as Dean Carmody  and Erin Doherty as Tamsin Carmody, Jonathan Keenan

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Royal Court and Royal Exchange at Royal Court Theatre Upstairs

Hayley Wareham, Amy Loughton, Alex Jones, Cathy Owen, Pamela Raith


Cardboard Citizens at Northern Stage, Newcastle

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