Lyric Wins Four Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards

South Belfast theatre enjoys most successful night at the glitzy ceremony in Dublin after achieving an unprecedented 12 nominations

Northern Irish theatre is celebrating this week following news that Belfast's Lyric Theatre took four of the available 12 judges’ awards at the annual Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in Dublin.

It was the Lyric’s biggest ever haul at the awards, and followed the theatre’s unprecedented 12 nominations this year. It was also the best performance on the night from any theatre on the island of Ireland.

The four awards included Best Director (Selina Cartmell for Punk Rock), Best Costume Design (Mike Britton for How Many Miles to Babylon), Best Set Design (Alyson Cummins for Pentecost) and Best Lighting Design (Ciaran Bagnall for Pentecost).

Executive Producer Jimmy Fay said: 'I’m absolutely delighted that the Lyric has been recognized with these four awards. The fact that the awards are for three different productions and cover costumes, set and lighting design as well as directing, shows how vibrant and exciting Northern Irish theatre is right now.'

Founded in 1997, the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards recognise outstanding achievements in Irish theatre. This year’s awards were judged by poet and former managing editor of The Irish Times, Gerry Smyth, novelist Liz Nugent and actor Fergus Cronin. The awards were presented on Sunday, February 22 at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.

Visit the Lyric Theatre website for information on forthcoming events.