2015’s shows bow out in style

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Bruce War­wick spent his last 13 years as man­ager of the Globe over­see­ing its ex­ten­sion.

In a Globe Theatre Award evening that saw re­tir­ing Globe Theatre man­ager Bruce War­wick pre­sented with the Life­time Achieve­ment award, Sum­mer Shake­speare’s King Lear was named Out­stand­ing Pro­duc­tion of 2015.

Bruce brought the cur­tain down on a ca­reer that spanned al­most six decades as im­pre­sario, pro­moter and theatre man­ager, which started when he was still at high school. The first man­ager of the re­fur­bished Re­gent on Broad­way in 1998, he spent the last 13 years as man­ager of the Globe, over­see­ing its ex­ten­sion. For over a decade he has con­trib­uted to The Tribune’s monthly en­ter­tain­ment pub­li­ca­tion, En­joy!.

In an evening that in­cluded guests Mayor Grant Smith and MP Iain Lees-Gal­loway, Bruce shared some of his in­nu­mer­able ex­pe­ri­ences and rem­i­nis­cences and was ser­e­naded by String of Pearls’ Karl Perigo and Vicki Lee

The cir­cus freak-show pro­duc­tion of King Lear picked up five other awards for non­pro­fes­sional per­form­ers and pro­duc­tion per­son­nel in­clud­ing Best Male Sup­port­ing Ac­tor to Richard Mays as Duke of Albany.

The Abbey Mu­si­cal Theatre’s Mamma Mia! scooped Best Fe­male Ac­tor for Val An­drew as Donna Sheri­dan, and earned two Best Sup­port­ing Fe­male Ac­tors for Amy Hunt and Katte John­stone as Tanya and Rosie. Barry Jones was Best Mu­si­cal Di­rec­tor.

A re­ju­ve­nated Levin Per­form­ing Arts So­ci­ety scored for the New Zealand pre­miere of Aotearoa, a NZ Rock Mu­si­cal win­ning Best Pre­miere, Out­stand­ing New Zealand Pro­duc­tion, Best Emerg­ing Per­former for Asaria Saili and Best En­sem­ble. An Out­stand­ing Cameo Ap­pear­ance award went to Stephanie Greenslade as Jus­tice Ben­nings, and the so­ci­ety re­ceived a wild­card Phoenix award for its come­back ef­forts.

Best Male Ac­tor went to Brad­ford Meurk, Che in Abbey Mu­si­cal Theatre’s Evita. Fox­ton Lit­tle Theatre’s Carl Terry was Best Di­rec­tor for the com­edy In at the Deep End. Best Chore­og­ra­phy went to Ian Har­man for the Abbey’s Christ­mas Show The Bri­tish In­va­sion.

Cileme Venkateswar, Grandma in Eat­ing the Wolf won Fe­male Emerg­ing Per­former, and Best Tech­ni­cal went to Gor­don Alve for Pahiatua Reper­tory’s Dis­ney Peter Pan and Ad­dams Fam­ily Mu­si­cal.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ

Richard Mays as the Duke of Albany and To­bias Lock­hart as the Duke of Corn­wall re­strain an en­raged King Lear played by Ralph John­son dur­ing last year’s Sum­mer Shake­speare pro­duc­tion. The out­doors per­for­mance of King Lear was named pro­duc­tion of 2015 at the Globe Theatre Awards on Fri­day night.

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