The Lyceum Leads with 15 CATS Award Nominations

  • With fifteen nominations for productions in David Greig’s first season at The Lyceum, the theatre recives more nominations than any other producing theatre or theatre company
  • Nominations in categories: Best Male Performance, Best Ensemble, Best Director, Best Design, Best Production, Best Technical Presentation, Best Music and Sound, Best New Play and Best Production for Children and Young People.
  • A Number picked up five nominations: Best Production, Brian Ferguson for Best Male Performer, Best Ensemble, Zinnie Harris for Best Director, and Fred Meller (designer) and Ben Ormerod (lighting designer) for Best Design.
  • Wind Resistance (in association with Edinburgh International Festival and supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund) was nominated in four categories: Best Production, Best New Play, Pippa Murphy (sound designer), Karine Polwart (composer and musical director), Ben Seal (live sound) and Mark Whyles (live sound) for Best Music and Sound, and  Wils Wilson, Lyceum Artistic Associate for Best Director.
  • The Suppliant Women (co-produced with Actors Touring Company) was nominated for Best Music and Sound by John Browne (composer and musical director) and Stephen Deazley (vocal leader), and Best New Play by The Lyceum’s Artistic Director David Greig. 
  • Our Christmas show Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was nominated for Best Design by Francis O'Connor (designer), Tim Mitchell (lighting designer) and Jamie Macdonald (video designer), and Best Technical Presentation
  • Our co-production with Grid Iron, Lung Ha Theatre Company and RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery, was nominated for Best Production for Children and Young People and Best Technical Presentation.

The Lyceum is delighted to be nominated for fifteen awards in the fifteenth annual Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS), to be hosted at the Festival Theatre on 11 June 2017. The nominations are spread over five different productions which were all part of David Greig’s first season as Artistic Director of The Lyceum and fall within the CATS judging period of May 2016 – April 2017. The Lyceum has been nominated for more awards than any other producing theatre or theatre company.

A Number by Caryl Churchill (6 – 15 April 2017) was nominated in five categories which include nominations for the cast of Brian Ferguson and Peter Forbes, as well as director Zinnie Harris and the design team Fred Meller and Ben Ormeroed. The show was presented in partnership with Edinburgh International Science Festival.  Zinnie Harris will be returning to The Lyceum in Season 17/18 with her adaption of Rhinoceros co-produced with Edinburgh International Festival and in association with DOT Theatre, Istanbul. The Times applauded the ‘pair of fine performances’ and The Scotsman said, ‘Churchill's tense two-hander, elegantly directed by Zinnie Harris, bristles with questions'.

Wind Resistance by Karine Polwart (4 – 21 August 2016), produced in association with Edinburgh International Festival and supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, was nominated in four categories for Best Production, Best New Play, Best Director for Lyceum Associate Artist Wils Wilson, and Best Music and Sound from Karine Polwart, Pippa Murphy, Ben Seal and Mark Whyles. This five star sell-out show will return to The Lyceum in November as part of Season 1718. The production was described by The Telegraph as ‘A stunning exploration of the myths and stories of the land around us' and by The Stage as ‘an unforgettable, addictive piece from a performer that has you rapt at every word and note.'

The Suppliant Woman by Aeschylus, in a new version by David Greig (1 – 15 October 2016), co-produced with Actors Touring Company, featuring  a community chorus of Edinburgh citizens, was nominated for Best Music and Sound  by John Browne and John Browne (composer and musical director) and Stephen Deazley (vocal leader) as well as Best New Play for the Lyceum’s Artistic Director David Greig.  The production, which The Guardian’s  five star review called ‘An epic feminist protest song’, will play at The Young Vic in London this November.

Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in a new version created by Antony Neilson (26 November – 31 December 2016) has been nominated for Best Design by Francis O'Connor (designer), Tim Mitchell (lighting designer) and Jamie Macdonald (video designer) as well as for Best Technical Presentation. The Scotsman described the show ‘a gorgeous Victorian box of delights’ and The Telegraph as ‘a feast for all the senses’.  Our Christmas show this year, The Arabian Nights, will be directed by Joe Douglas whose production of Death of a Salesman at Dundee Rep is nominated in 6 categories including the CATS Award for Best Director.

Finally Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery our co-production with Grid Iron, Lung Ha Theatre Company and RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, was nominated for Best Production for Children and Young People and Best Technical Presentation.

David Greig says: “I am thrilled that Season 1617 at The Lyceum has been celebrated by the CATS panel.  It’s been a year of new adventures for the company and the nominations are a credit to the fantastically talented casts and creative teams who have worked here in the past year as well as the skilled and dedicated staff team. I am particularly pleased that our partnerships this year have proved so fruitful with nominations coming in for productions we’ve produced with old friends like Edinburgh International Festival and Lung Ha, as well as new associates like Actors Touring Company. It’s wonderful to see projects outside our traditional season such as A Number and Wind Resistance being recognised for their ambition, and also to see that our Christmas family show can garner critical acclaim. Personally I am delighted to see The Suppliant Women nominated since this production was created with a chorus of the citizens of Edinburgh. These nominations bode well for next season which sees Wind Resistance, Zinnie Harris and Lyceum Associate Artist Wils Wilson all return to The Lyceum stage. ”

The Lyceum nominees are:

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE, sponsored by STV 
Brian Ferguson (Bernard 1, 2 and Michael Black), A Number, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in partnership with Edinburgh International Science Festival

BEST ENSEMBLE, sponsored by Equity 
A Number, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in partnership with Edinburgh International Science Festival

BEST DIRECTOR
Zinnie Harris, A Number, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in partnership with Edinburgh International Science Festival

Wils Wilson, Wind Resistance, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in association with Edinburgh International Festival

BEST DESIGN
Fred Meller (designer) and Ben Ormerod (lighting designer), A Number, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in partnership with Edinburgh International Science Festival 

Francis O'Connor (designer), Tim Mitchell (lighting designer) and Jamie Macdonald (video designer), Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

BEST MUSIC AND SOUND
John Browne (composer and musical director) and Stephen Deazley (vocal leader), The Suppliant Women, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Actors Touring Company

Pippa Murphy (sound designer), Karine Polwart (composer and musical director), Ben Seal (live sound) and Mark Whyles (live sound), Wind Resistance, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in association with Edinburgh International Festival and supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund

BEST TECHNICAL PRESENTATION, sponsored by BECTU
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Dr Stirlingshire's Discovery, Grid Iron, Lung Ha Theatre Company, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh 

BEST PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE, sponsored by Young Scot
Dr Stirlingshire's Discovery, Grid Iron, Lung Ha Theatre Company, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

BEST NEW PLAY 
David Greig, The Suppliant Women, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Actors Touring Company

Karine Polwart, Wind Resistance, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in association with Edinburgh International Festival and supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.

BEST PRODUCTION 
Wind Resistance, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in association with Edinburgh International Festival and supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.

A Number, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in partnership with Edinburgh International Science Festival