Derby LIVE was delighted to hear the news that its recent co-production of a new adaptation of LP Hartley’s The Go-Between has been nominated for a Whatsonstage.com Award.
These annual awards cover the best of the theatregoing year from all across the UK and the various winners, in a number of categories are decided by the theatregoing public.
The Go-Between is up for The Luckings Best Regional Production award. During its run in Leeds, Derby and Northampton, The Go-Between received outstanding reviews, from the press and audiences alike, and
was awarded four and five stars in a number of regional and national papers and publications.
The Daily Telegraph described it as “the best production to have sprung from the regions all year” with The Times adding: “Delicate, bittersweet and piercingly lovely” and the Derby Telegraph said: “A theatrical tour-de-force” and the Yorkshire Post: “A masterclass in what good theatre is all about”.
All venues received numerous emails and letters from audience members who had seen the production to say how much they enjoyed the new musical adaptation, describing the production as “stunning”, “exceptional”, “The best production I have seen in years” and “in my eyes, this production cannot be beaten”.
Among the cast in the run at Derby Theatre earlier this year was 13-year-old Harry Kenyon from Matlock.
Pete Meakin, artistic producer at Derby LIVE, said: “This nomination for Derby LIVE’s co-production of The Go-Between is precisely what this fantastic show deserves.
“New musicals are rare in British regional theatre. Great new musicals in British regional theatre are like hen’s teeth. The Go-Between is living proof of what can be achieved, even in these difficult economic times, when great theatre practitioners, and great theatres, come together.
“I suspect that this isn’t the last award for which The Go-Between will be nominated.”
If you would like to register your vote for The Go-Between in the 2012 Whatsonstage.com Awards, all you need to do is visit http://awards.whatsonstage.com/1304?query=vote.