Critics' Awards for Theatre 2016 at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

Critics’ Awards for Theatre 2016 at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

The Lyceum is delighted to be nominated for five key awards in the fourteenth annual Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS), to be hosted at the Theatre on 12 June.

Nominations include Best Female Performance for Emmanuella Cole’s Hera in The Iliad, and Best Ensemble, Best Design, Best Production, and Best Director for Waiting for Godot. The nominations underline the superb work of Mark Thomson, director on both The Iliad and Waiting for Godot, whose final season of work after 13 years as Artistic Director culminates with Thon Mon Molière later this month.

Waiting For Godot (18 September – 10 October 2015), starring celebrated stage and screen actors Brian Cox, Bill Paterson, John Bett, and Benny Young, marked the 50th anniversary of The Lyceum, and was described by Guardian critic and CATS panellist Mark Fisher as ‘electrifying’ and ‘a full-blooded ensemble performance’.

More recently, The Iliad (20 April – 14 May 2016), Mark Thomson’s final directorial work as the Theatre’s Artistic Director, has enjoyed enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics alike, having been described by The Stage as ‘Immense...Vital, intriguing and compelling’ in its five-star review, and with Emmanuella’s Hera celebrated as ‘the most powerful presence throughout’ by The Times.

Mark Thomson says:
I am delighted that the 50th anniversary season of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company has been celebrated by the CATS panel.  It’s been an exciting and rewarding year for us and recognition of the quality of our work is affirming for the company.  I'm particularly happy that our production of Waiting For Godot has been nominated.  The cast, creative team and everyone involved with Godot were very proud of the production. Michael and Mark’s design was stunning and we were delighted to reunite four actors that have meant so much to the history of The Lyceum. As for Emmanuella, she is a uniquely talented actress and her Hera marked the evening and our Iliad with grace and visceral emotional truths.”

Royal Lyceum Theatre Company nominees are:

  • Best Female Performance
    Emmanuella Cole (Hera), The Iliad
  • Best Ensemble
    Waiting for Godot
  • Best Director
    Mark Thomson, Waiting for Godot
  • Best Design
    Michael Taylor (designer) and Mark Doubleday (lighting designer), Waiting for Godot
  • Best Production
    Waiting for Godot

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For a list of all nominations click here

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