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27th March 2023

Northern Ireland Opera wins Best Production at The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2022 for ‘Into The Woods’

This is the first time a musical has won this award in the 25 years of the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards and the first time since 2017 that a production from Northern Ireland has received this prestigious award.

NI Opera’s production took place in February 2022 in the Lyric Theatre in Belfast and is currently running for West Australian Opera in His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth with an Australian cast. We were also delighted to be shortlisted for the awards for Best Director for Cameron Menzies and Best Set for Niall McKeever

NI Opera’s Artistic Director, CEO and ‘Into the Woods’ Director comments,

‘It was an absolute thrill to be recognized by these prestigious awards such as The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2022 for Best Production for our NI Opera production of Into the Woods. The entire original creative team had just arrived back from Australia that morning where we were presenting the same production of ‘Into the Woods’ with West Australian Opera and to win this award has really been a highlight to top off a wonderful experience for the company. For a Northern Irish company and production to receive this highly acclaimed award is a real honour. I wish to thank the entire cast, creative team, crew orchestra and our NI Opera team who were involved in the huge success of Into the Woods.’ 

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music and Opera at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said,

‘Congratulations to Northern Ireland Opera on winning the prestigious Irish Times Irish Theatre Award for ‘Best Production’ for Into The Woods.  Under the inspirational leadership of its CEO and Artistic Director, Cameron Menzies, its meteoric rise as an artistic tour de force has laudably attracted a series of international awards and accolades.  This most recent Irish Times Irish Theatre Award adds further artistic adulation of the work of this wonderful company, which is a shining light in the current cultural offering from Northern Ireland.’

Find out more about the performance including full cast and creative team here.