New British stage show This Is My Family triumphed at the U.K. Theatre Awards on Sunday (20Oct13) after scoring two top prizes. The Sheffield, England production, from Calendar Girls screenwriter Tim Firth, follows two teens, their stressed parents, a bawdy aunt and a forgetful grandmother as they embark on a disastrous camping holiday. It was named best musical, while veteran actress Sian Phillips was handed the honour for best supporting performance.
The ceremony proved to be great for the ladies - Cush Jumbo earned the title of best performance in a play for A Doll's House, Janie Dee landed best performance in a musical for Hello Dolly!, and Blanche McIntyre was unveiled as best director for a production of Chekhov's The Seagull.
Actor Simon Callow was another honouree - he received an award for outstanding contribution to the British stage, while Edward Petherbridge, director Sir Jonathan Miller and playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn were all also celebrated at the event, which celebrates the best in regional theatre across Britain.
Veteran actor Edward Petherbridge has been nominated for a major honour at the 2013 Theatre Awards UK for a play inspired by his recovery from a stroke. My Perfect Mind, which Petherbridge co-wrote, was inspired by his experience of having to abandon his dream role as King Lear when a stroke left him partially paralysed two days into rehearsals in 2007.
Petherbridge will compete at the awards in the best performance category against Cush Jumbo, for her role in Hendrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, and Simon Scardifield for his performance in The Double.
Other nominees include playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourne, who is up for best new play for Surprises, and Sian Phillips, who has been shortlisted for best supporting performance for her role in This Is My Family.
The honours will be handed out at a ceremony in London next month (Oct13).