Leanne Best, One Of The Leading Actors Of Her Generation, Nominated For Prestigious Award.

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For the second time in four years, an actor who had starred in a production at the Liverpool Playhouse has been nominated for the prestigious Theatre Awards U.K.

Leanne Best, who is well known to theatre audiences in Liverpool, has been nominated for her ‘compelling’ performance at the Liverpool Playhouse in the world premiere of Frank McGuinness’s The Match Box in June.

Leanne Best has been nominated alongside Tim Pigott-Smith for King Lear at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Henry Goodman for The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Chichester Festival Theatre in the Best Performance in a Play category in the Theatre Awards U.K.

The last time an actor was nominated for a performance in an Everyman/Playhouse production was in 2009 when Jonathon Pryce’s extraordinary portrayal as Davies in Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker, a role he recently reprised to rave reviews in Australia and New York.       

Gemma Bodinetz, Artistic Director of the Everyman and Playhouse, said, “Leanne Best’s searing tour de force performance in The Match Box left Liverpool audiences breathless with awe. We are thrilled that an actress we have long regarded as exceptional has been nominated for this prestigious national award.”

A graduate of Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts (LIPA), Leanne Best has established herself as one of the outstanding Liverpool actresses of her generation. Her stage credits include Unprotected and The May Queen (Liverpool Everyman); A Streetcar Named Desire, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and The Hypochondriac (Liverpool Playhouse). She will appear in McGuinness’s next work, Damned by Despair, at the National Theatre this autumn.

The results are announced at the end of October.

Ian D. Hall

Ian was bought up in Birmingham and has lived for the last eight years in a city he has come to think of as his home. In the last ten years he has worked for two of the finest media organisations it has been his pleasure to be part of, the Birmingham Mail and LSMedia. In the three years he has been part of the team here and has reviewed over 1,000 theatre performances, albums and gigs, travelling as far as Montreal to cover music. His dearest loves are Prog, Heavy Metal, Rock and the theatre.