Derby Theatre scoops award and £150,000

Steve Orme

Derby Theatre cleaned up at the UK Theatre Awards ceremony at London’s Guildhall, being awarded the Clothworkers’ Theatre Award which comes with £150,000.

The Clothworkers’ Theatre Award, which began in 2014, is presented by the Clothworkers’ Foundation. Derby Theatre will use the money on a two-year learning and participation programme Our Place, which invites the community into the heart of a production through a large-scale show based on an adaptation of a children’s novel, and Your Place, which takes theatre into the community.

Sarah Brigham, Derby Theatre’s artistic director and chief executive, said, “we’re thrilled to have been given the Clothworkers’ Award. Derby Theatre has an increasing reputation for making excellent theatre, innovative participatory programmes, and for reaching audiences and artists from all backgrounds. This award will help us to further develop that mission.

“A mid-scale production and an urban touring network will be developed, and I look forward to working with the talented team at Derby Theatre to make this our most exciting venture yet.”