CATS Shortlist 2017 Announced

The Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland is an annual event, now in its 15th year, organised and awarded by the theatre critics of Scotland to celebrate the best Scottish theatre achievements in the year.

The judges shortlist nominees into 11 categories; Best Male Performance, Best Female Performance, Best Ensemble, Best Director, Best Design, Best Music and Sound, Best Technical Presentation, Best Show for Children and Young People, Best New Play, Best Production and CATS Whiskers.

After sponsoring Best Male Performance at last year’s awards, SDTN are pleased to be sponsoring Best Female Performance this year. The nominees are:

Lucy Briggs-Owen for her performance as Lydia Languish in The Rivals at the Citizens Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse.

Lucy Briggs-Owen - credit Mark Douet

Lucy Briggs-Owen – credit Mark Douet


Nicole Cooper for her performance as Coriolanus in Coriolanus for Bard in the Botanics.

Nicole Cooper Bard in the Botanics

Nicole Cooper Bard in the Botanics

Louise McCarthy  for her performance as Bernadette in Cuttin’ a Rug at the Citizens Theatre.

Louise McCarthy – credit Tim Morozzo

and Gemma McElhinney for her performance as Kelly Butcher in GamePlan, Rosie Seymore in FlatSpin and Paige Petite in RolePlay at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

Gemma McElhinney – Pitlochry Festival Theatre

We wish all the nominees the best of luck and we are looking forward to celebrating a great year of theatre at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh on Sunday 11 June.

Tickets for the awards are on sale now and you can purchase them online here. Students from our Network Institutions can buy tickets at a special rate, email for more details.

For full details of the awards and shortlists, click here.

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