Se­cret River tops the Help­mann list

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

IT swept through the crit­ics’ hearts and now The Se­cret River has flooded this year’s Help­mann Awards nom­i­na­tions. The Syd­ney Theatre Com­pany stage adap­ta­tion of the Kate Grenville novel – which tells of the clash be­tween two fam­i­lies and the pos­si­bil­ity of a dif­fer­ent his­tory for Aus­tralia – dom­i­nates theatre nom­i­na­tions with 11 nods, in­clud­ing for light­ing, sound, de­sign, best play, best di­rec­tor (Neil Arm­field) and best ac­tor (Nathaniel Dean). The stage pro­duc­tion of King Kong, which has just opened in Melbourne, will re­ceive a spe­cial ad­di­tional award this year for Out­stand­ing The­atri­cal Achieve­ment. Ac­tors Rus­sell Dykstra ( The Ad­dams Fam­ily) and Chris Ryan ( King Kong) will go head-to-head for best male ac­tor in a sup­port­ing role, as will Chloe Dal­limore ( The Ad­dams Fam­ily) and Es­ther Hannaford ( King Kong) for the best fe­male ac­tor gongs. There are also nods for Legally Blonde The Mu­si­cal in the best mu­si­cal and chore­og­ra­phy cat­e­gories, while lead Lucy Du­rack is nom­i­nated for best fe­male ac­tor.

The Help­mann Awards are an­nounced at the Syd­ney Opera House on July 29 and broad­cast live on Fox­tel’s Arena chan­nel.

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