NUFFIELD Southampton Theatres is celebrating their nominations for two awards in the UK Theatre Awards 2017.

The brand-new adaptation of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox, in a co-production with Curve Leicester and in association with Lyric Hammersmith, has been nominated for a UK Theatre Award in the Best Show for Children and Young Theatre category and the company has been nominated for The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre.

On the nominations Sam Hodges, director of Nuffield Southampton Theatre, said “Fantastic Mr Fox was a monumental labour of love for a brilliant team of creatives, actors and producers, making over 140,000 people up and down the country very happy. It was also an important moment for NST in terms of our growth and ambition and it feels very special to have been nominated for these two awards.”

The UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide Awards to honour and celebrate outstanding achievements in regional theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The awards ceremony will take place at Guildhall on October 15 and will be hosted by Sharon D Clarke.

Nominated as the flagship production for Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Curve in association with Lyric Hammersmith produced the world premiere musical adaptation of Fantastic Mr Fox, adapted by Sam Holcroft, with music by Arthur Darvill and lyrics by Al Muriel and Darren Clark. The production was directed by Maria Aberg and designed by Tom Scutt. The show opened in Southampton in November 2016 before running at Lyric Hammersmith in January and February 2017, touring the UK and Middle East from February to July 2017, and returning for a summer run at Lyric.