This has been a record-breaking year for the Wales Theatre Awards, the unique celebration of live performance as nominated by critics working in English and in Welsh. We have had more reviewers nominating more artists from more performance spaces than ever before for this showcase for excellence in live performance and the role of arts writers.
More than 280 individual artists were nominated by 40 critics for the prestigious annual opera, dance and theatre awards. Between them the critics made 830 nominations for the 20 award categories
These nominations comprised 157 individual shows and 89 companies across Wales from the largest national companies to fledgling organisations, from big budget shows to solo works and ranging from new writing to classics.
This year the Awards are hosted by the Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University. This is the first time the Awards have been outside Cardiff and this is incredibly important as we are an all-Wales celebration, marking work throughout the country.
Each of the winners receives an engraved Welsh slate trophy generously provided by the University of Wales Trinity St David. With so many nominations you can see reaching the shortlists let alone winning an award is a major achievement in these, the most inclusive, comprehensive, transparent and independent, of awards.
Director, Wales Theatre Awards