Matilda Named Best Theatre Production in South Bank Sky Arts Awards; Michael Frayn Honored
02 May 2012
The South Bank Sky Arts Awards, presented by the TV arts channel in a ceremony held at London's Dorchester Hotel May 1, saw the RSC's current West End production of Matilda - the Musical named Best Theatre Production of the Year.
In addition, playwright Michael Frayn, whose Noises Off is currently being revived at the West End's Novello Theatre and whose Democracy is soon to be revived at the Old Vic, received the Outstanding Achievement Award, in recognition of a writing career spanning more than 40 years, for both his plays and books.
Matilda was nominated alongside the National's One Man, Two Guvnors and the Royal Court's production of Constellations. It was presented by Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball to Tim Minchin, Dennis Kelly and Matthew Warchus, who respectively wrote the music, book and directed Matilda.
Warchus commented, "We feel very lucky but you have to remember that whenever we watch the show we see an audience explode with enthusiasm, which is like a prize or reward every time it happens. We try not to take it for granted and that’s the real privilege, to see the connection with the audience."
Frayn received his award from fellow playwright Tom Stoppard.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.