Sydney Theatre Company sweeps mainstage nominations in 2018 awards
22nd December 2018

The Sydney Theatre Company has dominated nominations for the 2018 Sydney Theatre Awards, taking out all nominations for best mainstage production in a sweep described as "unusual".

It is the first time one theatre company has received all nominations in the category.

Cast and director Kip Williams from Sydney Theatre Company’s The Harp in the South, which leads the nominations.Credit:Louie Douvis

Lui's Blackie Blackie Brown is up for six nominations, including best mainstage production and best new Australian work.

STC's The Harp in the South, adapted by Kate Mulvany, leads the list with 11 nominations including best direction, costume, lighting and sound design for a mainstage production.

"The participation of women of all ages is growing and we want to see no going back on that," judge Diana Simmonds from Stage Noise said.

The majority of nominations for best new Australian work went to female playwrights, reflecting the industry's push for new work by women in recent years.

Women also made up half the nominations for best direction of a mainstage production, although all nominations for best direction of an independent production went to men.

Sydney's 2018 mainstage theatre season was the first where half of directors were women.

Nominations for the 33 categories were spread across 49 productions and judged by a panel of leading theatre critics including the Herald's John Shand and Joyce Morgan. The awards will be announced at a ceremony on January 21, 2019.

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