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Empty Space… Peter Brook Awards – Winners 2014

November 4, 2014 

The winners of this year’s Empty Space… Peter Brook Awards have been announced today (4 November 2014) at the National Theatre in London.

WINNERS

25th EMPTY SPACE…PETER BROOK AWARD 2014

EMPTY SPACE…PETER BROOK AWARD – £2,000

WINNER: Unicorn Theatre – “for its wonderful introduction to the classics as well as contemporary theatre for children”.

NOMINEES: Theatre503, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, Park Theatre, Union Theatre, The Orange Tree Theatre

DAN CRAWFORD INNOVATION AWARD – £2,000

WINNER: Latitude Festival – “for its fantastic festival, with tons of venues, that grows in gigantic stages each year covering theatre, music, art, and dance where you can camp and stay as long as you wish.”

PETER BROOK FESTIVAL AWARD – £2,000

WINNER: Kill the Beast – “a company that specialises in physical comedy and gorgeous visuals for boundary-pushing theatre, for which it received a cheque of £2000 and will be featured in the New Diorama Festival”

PETER BROOK SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

WINNER: Toni Racklin and Louise Jeffreys of the Barbican Theatre – “for turning it into the most important international arts centre in London for foreign companies.”

SELECTION PANEL:
Lyn Gardner (Guardian), Dominic Cavendish (Telegraph), Mark Shenton (The Stage & Stage Blog), Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard), Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out), and Blanche Marvin (London TheatReviews + founder of the awards). The nominees are the Unicorn Theatre (Purni Morelll), Union Theatre (Sasha Regan), Theatre 503 (Paul Robinson), Orange Tree Theatre (Paul Miller), Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (Andrew Hilton) and Park Theatre (Jez Bond).
The consultants are: Michael Billington (Guardian), Susannah Clapp (Observer), Jeremy Kingston (The Times) and Paul Taylor (The Independent).

MARK MARVIN RENT SUBSIDY AWARD – £1,500

WINNER: Pippa Frith Productions at Birmingham Rep Door

PETER BROOK/ EQUITY ENSEMBLE AWARD – £2,000

WINNER: Antic Disposition

SELECTION PANEL:
Peter Wilson (producer of The Woman in Black at the Fortune), Laura Collier (head of the National Theatre Studio), Thelma Holt (West End producer) and Blanche Marvin (publisher/critic of London TheatReviews + founder of the awards) are the judges. Julian Bird of SOLT is the administrator.

Photos: 100 Leading Ladies – A Portrait of Influential Senior Women in Britain by Nancy Honey

September 10, 2014 

Photos: Free photo exhibition at Somerset House to feature 100 influential women in Britain, including theatre and the arts.

HARRIET WALTER. Photo: Nancy Honey - 100 Leading Ladies

HARRIET WALTER. Photo: Nancy Honey – 100 Leading Ladies

A major photo exhibition by award-winning international photographer Nancy Honey is being staged at Somerset House in London this autumn.

Called “100 Leading Ladies: A Portrait of Influential Senior Women in Britain by Nancy Honey”, Honey photographed and interviewed 100 British senior women, all of whom transformed the perception of what is possible for women to achieve in their lives.

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And four of the women are major figures in British Theatre and the arts, with actress Dame Harriet Walter, ballerina Dame Beryl Grey, philanthropist Dame Vivien Duffield and theatre critic Blanche Marvin MBE featured in the show.

Blanche Marvin MBE is a much-loved London-based theatre critic and is founder of the Empty Space and Peter Brook Awards in London.

Dame Vivien Duffield is a major philanthropist who has raised and donated millions of pounds for organisations, especially the Arts, including the Royal Opera House, the National Theatre, the RSC, the Donmar Warehouse, Tate, the Royal Ballet, the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Southbank Centre and Eureka! The National Children’s Museum.

Dame Harriet Walter is one of Britain’s most loved and respected actresses on stage and screen, with theatre credits including Mary Stuart (Evening Standard Award for Best Actress) and A Question of Geography, Twelfth Night and Three Sisters at the RSC (Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Revival). She recently appeared in Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female production of Julius Caesar, and will play Henry IV in Lloyd’s production at the Donmar Warehouse from 3 October 2014.

Dame Beryl Grey is an eminent ballerina and was the first Western ballerina to perform at the Bolshoi Ballet in Russia.

Other women featured in the exhibition include Germaine Greer, Averil Mansfield, Kirsty Wark, Amanda Nevill, Prue Leith, Tessa Jowell, Sally Clarke, Lynne Franks and Diana Athill.

A book of the project, designed by Steven Taylor Associates and published by Dewi Lewis Media, is also set to be launched alongside the exhibition priced £30.

2 – 26 October 2014
Somerset House – Courtyard Rooms, South Wing
Free admission – Daily 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.30)

LINKS

Somerset House – 100 Leading Ladies
Amazon: Buy the book “100 Leading Ladies”

PHOTOS

HARRIET WALTER. Photo: Nancy Honey - 100 Leading Ladies

HARRIET WALTER. Photo: Nancy Honey – 100 Leading Ladies




BLANCHE MARVIN. Photo: Nancy Honey - 100 Leading Ladies

BLANCHE MARVIN. Photo: Nancy Honey – 100 Leading Ladies




VIVIEN DUFFIELD. Photo: Nancy Honey - 100 Leading Ladies

VIVIEN DUFFIELD. Photo: Nancy Honey – 100 Leading Ladies




BERYL GREY. Photo: Nancy Honey - 100 Leading Ladies

BERYL GREY. Photo: Nancy Honey – 100 Leading Ladies

Empty Space… Peter Brook Awards – Winners 2013

November 5, 2013 

The Shed wins Empty Space… Peter Brook Awards 2013

AWARDS

24th EMPTY SPACE…PETER BROOK AWARD 2013

Awards announced: 5 November 2013 at the National Theatre Studio

WINNER
The Shed at The National Theatre - for its daring explorations in showcasing studio theatre companies at the National Theatre’s unique venue which will be continued even after The Shed building is destroyed.

The National Theatre's The Shed venue

The National Theatre’s The Shed venue

MARK MARVIN RENT SUBSIDY AWARD
Southwark Playhouse

PETER BROOK/EQUITY ENSEMBLE AWARD
Simple8 Theatre Company

DAN CRAWFORD INNOVATION AWARD
BACFor its unique use of space in converting the entire building to original development of new works from scratch to finish.

PETER BROOK/MOBIUS AWARD
The YardFor its determined efforts to support early development of new companies and artists in an original space of a needy area of Hackney Wick.

PETER BROOK SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Robert Robson, the late artistic director of The Lowryfor his astounding achievement in creating an international arts centre while developing the studio theatre for young emerging theatre companies
Sam Walters, artistic director of The Orange Tree Theatre - for his profound initiative in creating a lunchtime theatre in Richmond, 42 years ago, that he developed into its own studio theatre, staging with great quality undiscovered plays

SELECTION PANEL:
Lyn Gardner (Guardian), Dominic Cavendish (Telegraph), Mark Shenton (Sunday Express & The Stage Blog), Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard), Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out) and Blanche Marvin (London TheatReviews + founder of the awards). Consultants are: Michael Billington (Guardian), Susannah Clapp (Observer), Jeremy Kingston (The Times), Paul Taylor (The Independent).
Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award and Peter Brook/Equity Ensemble Award selection panel: Peter Wilson (producer of The Woman in Black), Thelma Holt (West End producer), Sarah Murray (Head of National Theatre Studio) and Blanche Marvin (publisher/critic of London TheatReviews + founder of the awards).

Empty Space… Peter Brook Awards – Winners 2012

November 6, 2012 

Awards announced: 6 November 2012

WINNER:
Finborough Theatre
Nominees: National Theatre Wales, Southwark Playhouse, NT Watch This Space, Paines Plough, Ustinov Studio

MARK MARVIN RENT SUBSIDY AWARD:
Instant Classics Company and White Bear Theatre

PETER BROOK/EQUITY ENSEMBLE AWARD:
Red Handed Theatre Company

DAN CRAWFORD INNOVATION AWARD:
The Yard

PETER BROOK/MOBIUS AWARD:
The Lowry

PETER BROOK SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
Stephen Daldry and Ruth Mackenzie

Empty Space… Peter Brook Awards – Winners 2011

November 1, 2011 

Awards announced: 1 November 2011

WINNER:
Southwark Playhouse

MARK MARVIN RENT SUBSIDY AWARD:
Bike Shed Theatre and Old Red Lion

PETER BROOK/EQUITY ENSEMBLE AWARD:
Faction Theatre Company

DAN CRAWFORD INNOVATION AWARD:
National Theatre Wales

PETER BROOK/MOBIUS SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
Nicolas Kent of the Tricycle Theatre

Empty Space… Peter Brook Awards – Nominees 2011

October 10, 2011 

Awards announced: 1 November 2011

Nominees
1. Jermyn Street
2. The Bush
3. The Arcola
4. Southwark Playhouse
5. The Landor
6. The Print Room

Dan Crawford Innovation Award 2011
To be announced

Peter Brook/Mobius Special Achievement Award 2011
To be announced

Empty Space awards announced

November 2, 2010 

This year’s winners of the Empty Space… Peter Brook Awards have been announced.

Hit productions such as Dream of the Dog win the Finborough Theatre the main award  (Pictured: Ariyon Bakare and Janet Suzman)

Hit productions such as Dream of the Dog win the Finborough Theatre the main award (Pictured: Ariyon Bakare and Janet Suzman)

The annual Empty Space… Peter Brook Awards were announced today, 2 November 2010, at the National Theatre in London.

Celebrating their 21st anniversary this year, the awards were established by long-time theatre critic and popular figure on the London theatre scene, Blanche Marvin of London Theatre Reviews, to recognise some of the pioneering work of small venues and companies that operate with little or no subsidy.

Presented by veteran theatre producer Peter Wilson, the Peter Brook Award went to the Finborough Theatre, which received £2,000 in recognition of producing new work in new spaces on a limited budget. The theatre celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

The Dan Crawford Innovation Award was given to the Royal Court for Local Theatre, for “its constant striving to gain recognition for their new plays, designers and directors in local areas”.

Finally, the Peter Brook/Equity Ensemble Award winner was awarded to Dreamthinkspeak and the Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award winner was given to the New Diorama Theatre and Third Party Company.

The awards were judged by a range of theatre critics including Lyn Gardner of the Guardian, Dominic Cavendish of the Telegraph, Mark Shenton at the Sunday Express and The Stage and Fiona Mountford at the Evening Standard.

LINKS

See the full list of nominees here

Empty Space… Peter Brook Awards – Winners 2010

November 2, 2010 

Awards announced: 2 November 2010

Empty Space… Peter Brook Award winner:

  • Finborough Theatre

Dan Crawford Innovation Award winner:

  • The Royal Court for Local Theatre

Peter Brook/Equity Ensemble Award winner:

  • Dreamthinkspeak

Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award winner:

  • New Diorama Theatre and Third Party Company

Empty Space… Peter Brook Awards – Nominees 2010

October 12, 2010 

Awards announced: 2 November 2010

Empty Space… Peter Brook Award, nominees:

  • Bristol Old Vic
  • BAC
  • Finborough Theatre
  • Union Theatre
  • Watch This Space – National Theatre
  • Menier Chocolate Factory

Dan Crawford Innovation Award:

  • Winner to be announced

Peter Brook/Equity Ensemble Award, nominees:

  • Grimeborn
  • Fuel
  • Dreamthinkspeak

Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award, nominees:

  • Quality Street by J.M. Barrie at Finborough Theatre
  • To Hell on a Handcart at the New Diorama Theatre
  • Beanfield and Magic Flute at Bike Shed Theatre

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