TWO Huddersfield men are celebrating amazing theatrical success.
The smash hit transfer of the National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch to London’s Barbican secured the highest number of Olivier awards this week.
And among those walking away with away with the four awards were John Tiffany, of Meltham, for Best Director and Steven Hoggett, of Almondbury, for Best Theatre Choreographer. The show’s other awards went to Gregory Burke, for Best New Play, and Gareth Fry for Best Sound Design.
The production, which has toured across three continents, is taken from the viewpoint of the men of the legendary Black Watch Scottish regiment while on tour in Iraq.
The Olivier awards also brought success for Mirfield-born star Patrick Stewart.
He scooped his third Olivier award for his role as Claudius in Hamlet, starring alongside David Tennant.
Stewart is to join his fellow X-men star Sir Ian McKellen in the UK tour of Waiting For Godot that kicks off this month in Worcestershire and reaches Edinburgh in April.
“It’s the most thrilling prospect,” says Stewart. “Dream-casting barely begins to describe it.”
Mr Tiffany, 37, studied at Honley High School and Huddersfield New College before taking a theatre studies degree at Glasgow University.
He is the son of Neil and Margaret Tiffany and has worked with the Scottish theatre company for several years.
Steven Hoggett has worked in the theatre for more than 14 years and has won many awards.
He is a founder member and co-artistic director of Frantic Assembly, one of the UK’s leading physical theatre companies.
A spokesman for the National Theatre of Scotland said: “It’s amazing. We were delighted to be nominated for five awards and to win four is staggering.
“John and Steven have been friends for years and it is great for them.”