Galway International Arts Festival Nominated For Six Irish Times Theatre Awards

13 January 2018

Galway International Arts Festival has received six nominations for the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, which were announced this morning.

The Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival co-production Woyzeck in Winter, which premiered at the Galway International Arts Festival last year before touring to the Barbican Centre in London and Dublin Theatre Festival in October, was nominated across the categories, including Best Production.

Patrick O’Kane was nominated in the Best Actor category for his role as Woyzeck and for his role as Rothko in Prime Cut and Lyric Theatre’s coproduction of Red, by John Logan.

Rosaleen Linehan was nominated for her role as Hurdy Gurdy Man and for her role as Mags in the Gate Theatre production of The Red Shoes, in a new version by Nancy Harris.

Jamie Vartan, who won the Best Set Design award last year for the Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival coproduction Arlington, has again been nominated in this category, also for Woyzeck in Winter, and for the Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera’s coproduction of The Second Violinist, which also premiered at Galway International Arts Festival in 2017.

Ben Ormerod has been nominated in the Best Lighting Design category, while Joan O’Clery has been nominated for Best Costume Design.

After a critically-acclaimed run at the Galway International Arts Festival last July, Woyzeck in Winter wowed critics in London in September before going on to play Dublin Theatre Festival.

The Second Violinist received four Irish Times Theatre Awards nominations in total, including Best Director for Enda Walsh, whose new play The Same, produced by Corcadorca, was also nominated for Best New Play; Best Actor for Aaron Monaghan; Best Opera; and Best Set Design.

Dublin by Lamplight, Druid’s Crestfall and The Abbey Theatre’s Two Pints, which also ran at last year’s Galway International Arts Festival, were also nominated for awards. Dublin by Lamplight in three categories (Best Ensemble, Best Supporting Actress and Best Lighting Design), and Crestfall and Two Pints in one (Best Ensemble – Crestfall; Best Soundscape – Two Pints).

Druid’s Garry Hynes was also nominated in the Best Director category for Druid’s production of King of the Castle by Eugene McCabe, which also received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Marty Rea for his role as Jemmy Maguire and as Nick Carraway in the Gate Theatre production of The Great Gatsby.

Since they began, in 1997, the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards have celebrated the achievements of the Irish stage each year. Throughout the calendar, three independent judges visit professional productions across the country, reflecting on the highest standards of production, performance, direction and design.

The awards will take place at the National Concert Hall, in Dublin, on Sunday 25 February.