Theatr Clwyd has been awarded one of the UK’s most prestigious accolades in UK theatre by The Stage Awards, the ‘Regional Theatre of the Year’.
Theatr Clwyd is Wales’ biggest producing theatre. Since 1976, the theatre has created exceptional work from its home in Flintshire, North Wales, pushing theatrical boundaries and creating world-class productions. One of only four theatres in the UK to build sets and props, make costumes and paint scenery in-house – nurturing the skills vital to a vibrant theatre industry – the theatre hosts an artist development programme, trainee technicians’ scheme and an eighteen-month traineeship for directors. Theatr Clwyd works extensively with the local community, having conducted award-winning community engagement projects and recently completed the public consultation period for a major capital redevelopment project which will reimagine the theatre’s public spaces and create a greener, more efficient and sustainable building.
Since the first lockdown began in March 2020, Theatr Clwyd has continued to work hard for its members, audience and community. The theatre has streamed shows, given significant support to freelancers, and engaged audiences creatively online through its digital programme, Together. It has also become a major blood donation centre to support the NHS, has been a hub for vulnerable children and families, and has worked with Flintshire Social Services to distribute food and creative parcels.
This week, Theatr Clwyd was awarded one of the UK’s most prestigious awards: The Stage Awards’ ‘Regional Theatre of the Year’. The 2020 Stage Awards recognised organisations who went above and beyond in fighting for the future of theatre during one of the most difficult years the industry has ever faced. Theatr Clwyd was praised for its extraordinary efforts to serve its community, support its workforce, and create art, all while facing some of the UK’s toughest restrictions. “We’re incredibly proud to have won this prestigious award”, said Artistic Director Tamara Harvey and Executive Director Liam Evans-Ford. “We have always known that our team here at Theatr Clwyd and our wider freelance team were pretty amazing, but this year has proved that beyond any imagining. This award is for them and for our audiences, collaborators, funders and everyone who has supported and helped us through this time”.
To find out more about Theatr Clwyd, visit their website here.