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