CRITICS' AWARDS FOR THEATRE IN SCOTLAND

Press release 31 March 2010

CATS secures three year sponsorship donation from the Mackintosh Foundation as preparations get under way for the eighth awards ceremony.

Organisers of the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland are delighted to announce that the Mackintosh Foundation, the charity set up by theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh to promote and develop theatrical, musical and dramatic arts, has pledged £3,000 over the next three years towards the prestigous ceremony.

In addition, the CATS has received donations of £500 a year until 2012 from technical services company Northern Light, who will specifically support the award for Best Technical Production, and advertising and design agency Guy Robertson Partnership, who will sponsor the award for Best Actor. The ceremony will also be sponsored by catering company Appetite Direct and arts and entertainments publication The List.

Now in its eighth year, the event celebrates the actors, directors, playwrights and other artists who have made the most thrilling contributions to Scottish theatre over the past year and will be held for a second time at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh on Sunday 13 June at 3pm.

Co-convenor of the CATS Awards, Joyce McMillan said: "We are delighted to have the support of the Mackintosh Foundation, which will put the future of the CATS awards on a much more secure footing. The aims of the Foundation in promoting and encouraging theatre coincide exactly with those of the awards, and we are thrilled to be associated with the Foundation in this way."

Previous winners, including The Wonderful World of Dissocia (2005), Black Watch (2007), Blackbird (2006) and Peer Gynt (2008), have gone on to be staged across the world to critical and public acclaim, while individuals such as David Tennant, who won the Best Actor Award in 2005, have gone on achieve national fame and recognition for their work.

The event is open to members of the public and offers a unique opportunity for audiences to come together with the cream of the Scottish theatre community and celebrate the contribution that work produced in Scotland makes to the cultural life of the country.

Tickets cost £15 (including live entertainment, entry to the awards ceremony, drinks and light refreshments) and can be purchased through the Festival Theatre box office. For further information on the CATS visit www.criticsawards.theatrescotland.com.

ENDS

Issued by the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh on behalf of the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland.

For further press information or images from last year’s event please contact Ruth Findlay on 0131 622 8088 or press@eft.co.uk.

Listings

Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland

Sunday 13 June 2010 at 3.00pm

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

13/29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT

Tickets: £15

Box Office: 0131 529 6000

www.festivaltheatre.org.uk

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