Minack Theatre triumph for OVO
PUBLISHED: 16:29 07 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:29 07 October 2016
A Hertfordshire theatre company is celebrating after winning a prestigious award for its Shakespeare production at the famous Minack Theatre in Cornwall.
St Albans-based OVO won the Minack Trophy for its summer production of As You Like It.
Set during the Summer of Love, OVO’s innovative musical interpretation of Shakespeare’s popular comedy of genders was a resounding success at both the Roman Theatre at Verulamium, and the world-renowned Minack at Porthcurno, and enjoyed sell-out performances at both venues.
Already overwhelmed by the positive responses from audience members at both venues, and Minack Theatre Trustees and staff, the cast and crew of As You Like It were delighted to be told that they had won the coveted Minack Trophy for the best production to be staged at the theatre in 2016.
It’s a title that has never before been bestowed upon a company in its debut year at the spectacular open-air theatre on the Cornish coast.
“We are absolutely delighted to have been given this incredibly prestigious award,” said OVO artistic director Adam Nichols.
“Our aim when we went down to Cornwall was to perform well enough to be invited back, which we have been, but to have been thought of as worthy of the trophy is such an honour.”
As well as winning the trophy, As You Like It also broke the record for audience attendance for the second week in June at the Minack, with over 4,200 people coming to see the show.
With rehearsals for its autumn season already underway, the Maltings-based OVO is not resting on its laurels and will be staging productions of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, and August Strindberg’s The Ghost Sonata this November, as well as the ever popular Food of Love at Christmas jazz event.
• Full details of the forthcoming season can be found on OVO’s website at www.ovotheatre.org.uk