December 10 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
A Norfolk theatre producer is celebrating prestigious award nominations for shows on both sides of the Atlantic.
Richard Jordan, who was born in Norwich and grew up in Cringleford, has seen his shows win a string of awards this year and the latest nominations are for a musical and a Shakespeare production, both of which he has co-produced.
Glasgow Girls – a show addressing the issue of asylum seekers and based on a true story about a group of teenage girls who launched a campaign to change their community and stop the deportation of their friend and her family – has been nominated for Best Musical in the UK Theatre Awards. The show, by Cora Bissett and David Greig, and co-produced by Mr Jordan, enjoyed sell-out seasons in Glasgow and London earlier this year.
Meanwhile in Chicago, Othello; The Remix – a modern re-telling of the Shakespeare play set to hip-hop – has been nominated for Best Ensemble in the Jeff Awards. Created by the Q Brothers, the show was produced by Mr Jordan as part of the Globe to Globe Festival. It has since toured to Germany and the Edinburgh Festival (where it won a 2012 MTM Musical award), Chicago and South Korea, and is set to be performed in Sydney, Toronto and Auckland.
The 38-year-old, who is a patron of Norwich Playhouse, said: “They say 13 is unlucky for some but 2013 caps a fantastic year for me and the people who all help me in my work. Successful theatre is a combination of putting on good work, team work, and a lot of optimism. But in the background to all this is always my beloved home city which makes me so proud to come from and to carry the flag for Norwich , where it’s theatre gave me the grounding for my producing career.
“It was at the Theatre Royal where I saw my first ever musical and first ever Shakespeare play. This is something very important to me in all my work. It’s also a testament to the influence those productions had on me by what I do as a career today, and indeed its continued influence whenever I come home.”
The UK Theatre Awards are on October 20 and the Jeff Awards are in November.