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05/02/01
Lloyd Webber Wants New Plays
- Award for risk-taking West End producers goes up for grabs

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER has launched the first award for theatre producers of new work. Only shows staged in Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theatres will be considered for the UKP15,000 Binkie Beaumont Award, which takes its name from the celebrated American stage maverick.

Thelma Holt's established production company is tipped for recognition. Really Useful Theatres such as The Palace, The Adelphi and New London Theatre are out of the running because they house long-runners like Les Miserables, Chicago and Cats. However over 30 venues remain as potential homes to the kind of acclaimed new plays so far confined to the Royal Court.

"I think it is good to start to improve the profile of producers in this country," said Andre Ptaszynski, chief executive of Really Useful Theatres. Ptaszynski added that in America, producers were better respected as a show's driving force. The award goes some way towards countering the current spate of adaptations and revivals in the West End.





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