PREVIEW & COMPETITION – The Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland

Alex Ferns in The Hard Man (photo credit: Pete Le May)

Alex Ferns in The Hard Man (photo credit: Pete Le May)

On the afternoon of Sunday 12 June, the Edinburgh Festival Theatre will be packed with a glittering array of stars and talent as the winners in the 9th annual Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland are revealed.

Open to all professional theatre ‘substantially produced’ in Scotland, the CATS was first set up in 2003 by a group of critics wishing to highlight, celebrate – and reward – the cream of Scottish theatre. Now firmly established, the results of the CATS are now eagerly anticipated and highly-valued amongst the theatrical community.

This year’s shortlist can be viewed on the CATS website and we’re delighted to see The Lyceum, The Traverse and Catherine Wheels feature in so many categories – in total, Edinburgh theatres and companies received 16 nominations.

If you witnessed Alex Ferns’ powerful presence in The Hard Man at the Kings Theatre, he’s nominated in the Best Male Performance category; up against Peter Randolphe’s hilarious foppery in The Lyceum’s Educating Agnes.

Kate Dickie’s performance in Any Given Day at the Traverse is nominated in the Best Female Performance; whilst Stellar Quines’ wonderfully-staged Age of Arousal is up for several awards.

We’re excited to hear who the winners are when they’re announced at the ceremony on June 12th. It’s open to the public and tickets can be booked on the Edinburgh Festival Theatre website – and the £15 ticket includes a glass of fizz pre and post-show and canapés to help celebrate the diverse and exciting world of Scottish Theatre with the deserving winners.

Kate Dickie in Any Given Day (photo credit: Richard Campbell)

Kate Dickie in Any Given Day (photo credit: Richard Campbell)


We have 1 pair of tickets to the awards ceremony to give away to a lucky winner.

To be in a chance of winning, send us your answer to the following question:

Where are award nominees Catherine Wheels based?

You must enter by emailing the answer to
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Competition closes at 1pm on Thursday 9th June. The winner will be notified by email that afternoon.

Good luck – to you and to all the CATS nominees!

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