The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards Nominees

A huge congratulations to all those nominated in this year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards.

TileStyle are delighted to be returning for a second year as associate sponsors of the awards. Each year this ceremony recognises and celebrates the best performances and productions in Irish theatre. This year’s shortlist highlights the breadth of talent and continued innovation provided by our theatre sector. It’s been a really exciting year for Irish theatre with some amazing productions, performances and new writing. TileStyle congratulates the nominees and everyone who contributed to another year of powerful Irish theatre. We look forward to the awards on March 31st and wish all the nominees well.

Here are the nominees for this year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in association with TileStyle. 

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Best Production

Grief is the Thing with Feathers
Complicité and Wayward Productions, in association with Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival

 

How It Is
A Gare St Lazare Ireland/Everyman Theatre production

 

The Lost O’Casey
An Anu production

 

Richard III
A Druid Theatre production of Shakespeare’s play, in association with the Abbey Theatre

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Best Opera Production

Il Bravo
A Wexford Festival Opera production of Saverio Mercadante’s work

 

Dinner at Eight
A Wexford Festival Opera production of William Bolcom’s work, coproduction with Minnesota Opera and Atlanta Opera

 

Bluebeard’s Castle
An Irish National Opera production of Bela Bartok’s work

 

The Tales of Hoffmann
An Irish National Opera production of Jacques Offenbach’s work

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Best Director

Garry Hynes
For Richard III, a Druid Theatre production of Shakespeare’s play, in association with the Abbey Theatre

 

isín McBrinn
For The Snapper, a Gate Theatre production

 

Caitríona McLaughlin
For On Raftery’s Hill, an Abbey Theatre production

 

Enda Walsh
For Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, Complicité and Wayward Productions, in association with Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival

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Best New Play

The Approach
By Mark O’Rowe. A Landmark Production

 

Come on Home
By Phillip McMahon. An Abbey Theatre production

 

The Lost O’Casey
An Anu production

 

Northern Lights
By Stephen Jones. A Theatre Upstairs production

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Best Actor

Declan Conlon
For his role as Brian in Come on Home, an Abbey Theatre production

 

Stephen Dillane
For his role in How It Is, a Gare St Lazare Ireland/Everyman Theatre production

 

Cillian Murphy
For his role as Dad in Grief Is a Thing with Feathers, Complicité and Wayward Productions, in association with Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival, adapted by Enda Walsh from Max Porter’s novel

 

Aaron Monaghan
For his lead role in Richard III, a Druid Theatre production, in association with

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Best Supporting Actor

Peter Coonan
For his role as Ded Raftery in On Raftery’s Hill, an Abbey Theatre production

 

John McCarthy
For his role as Valene Connor in The Lonesome West, by Martin McDonagh, an Everyman Theatre production

 

Mark Huberman
For his role as Polish Tom in Shelter by Cristín Kehoe, a Druid Theatre production

 

Owen Roe
For his role as Claudius in Hamlet, a Gate Theatre production

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Best Actress

Maeve Fitzgerald
For her role as Dinah Raftery in On Raftery’s Hill

 

Hazel Clifford
For her role as Sharon Rabbitte in The Snapper, a Gate Theatre production

 

Sarah Morris
For her role as Nannie in The Lost O’Casey, by Anu Productions

 

Lauren Larkin
For her role as Majella in Shelter, by Cristín Kehoe, a Druid Theatre production

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Best Supporting Actress

Zara Devlin
For her role as Sorrel Raftery in On Raftery’s Hill

 

Aoife Duffin
For her role as Ophelia in Hamlet, a Gate Theatre production

 

Rebecca O’Mara
For her role as Dee in Furniture, by Sonya O’Kelly, a Druid Theatre production

 

Aisling O’Sullivan
For her role as Stef in Furniture, by Sonya O’Kelly, a Druid Theatre production

Best Set

Susan Hilferty
For Hamlet, a Gate Theatre production

Francis O’Connor
For Richard III, a Druid Theatre production

Jamie Vartan and Will Duke (video projection)
For Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, Complicité and Wayward Productions, in association with Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival

Paul Wills
For The Snapper, a Gate Theatre production

Best Lighting

Aedín Cosgrove
For Eliza’s Adventures in the Uncanny Valley, a Pan Pan Theatre production

Paul Keogan
For Hamlet, a Gate Theatre production

Sarah Jane Shiels
For Frnknstn, a Theatre Lovett production, adapted by Michael West from Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein

Kris Stone
For How It Is, a Gare St Lazare Ireland/Everyman Theatre production

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Best Costume

Katie Davenport
For the Irish National Opera production of The Tales of Hoffmann, by Jacques Offenbach

 

Francis O’Connor and Doreen McKenna
For the Druid Theatre production, in association with the Abbey Theatre, of Richard III

 

Andre Barbe
For the Wexford Opera Festival production of Il Bravo

 

Paul Wills
For The Snapper, a Gate Theatre production

Best Sound

Mary Coughlan, Mongoose and Valgeir Sigurdsson
For Woman Undone, a Brokentalkers production

Joe Hunt
For The School Days of Thaddeus K, a Blue Raincoat production

Mel Mercier
For How It Is, a Gare St Lazare Ireland/Everyman Theatre production

Teho Teardo and Helen Atkinson
For Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, by Complicité and Wayward Productions, in association with Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival

Best Movement

Justine Cooper
For The Misfits, a Corn Exchange Theatre production

Eddie Kay
For Woman Undone, a Brokentalkers production

Sue Mythen
For The Lost O’Casey, an Anu production

Catherine O’Malley
For Eliza’s Adventures in the Uncanny Valley, a Pan Pan Theatre production

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Best Ensemble

The Approach
A Landmark Production

 

The Lost O’Casey
An Anu production

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Rough Magic Theatre/Kilkenny Arts Festival production

 

Thirst (and Other Bits of Flann)
An Agro Grimace production

Judges’ Special Awards

Edward Beckett
Edward Beckett has scrupulously, fairly and flexibly stewarded the theatrical legacy of Samuel Beckett, his uncle, since his death, maintaining a delicate balance between his uncle’s requirements and companies’ desires to reinterpret some of his great works.

John Fairleigh
John Fairleigh has made a wide-ranging contribution to new Irish writing for the stage, in his unstinting support of playwrights, through the Stewart Parker Trust, which he founded in 1989 and of which he remains chair, in the fields of editing and publishing, and also in his championing of international cultural exchange.

Monica Frawley
Monica Frawley is one of Ireland’s most innovative and original theatre set and costume designers. She has worked with all the major Irish companies over 30 years and has made memorable work for the plays of Tom Murphy, Marina Carr, Brian Friel and Frank McGuinness, among others.

Chris Morash and Nicholas Grene
Chris Morash and Nicholas Grene have made an immeasurable contribution to academic writing on theatre in general and contemporary Irish theatre in particular. They have produced many of the core text books on the subject, including The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre.

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Special Tribute Award

Owen Roe

This year’s award goes to Owen Roe for his distinguished body of work in many roles, particularly for Rough Magic and the Gate Theatre.

 

One of Ireland’s most skilled and versatile actors, he has been at the heart of much of the most memorable Irish theatre of recent decades, combining nuance, insight and delicacy  with a powerful onstage presence.

 

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This Year's Irish Times Theatre Awards Judges

Gerard McNaughton and Ruth McCarthy of TileStyle with this year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards judges.

 

First Photo: Gerard McNaughton and Ruth McCarthy of TileStyle with judges Ella Daly (second from left), Catriona Crowe (centre) and Paula Shields (second from right)

 

Photographs: Tom Honan

Last Year’s Winners

See the winners from last year’s awards here