These choices are taken from my reviewing around the East Midlands and have been difficult choices because I have the privilege of seeing some excellent shows both professional and amateur.
Top show of the year. Cooking with Elvis at Derby Theatre directed by Mark Babych.
Best musical. Chicago at Curve. Directed by Paul Kerryson.
Best Panto. Jack and the Beanstalk at Nottingham Playhouse. Directed by Kenneth Alan-Taylor.
Best drama. The Pitman Painters (touring). directed by Max Roberts.
Best dance work. Balletboyz - the talent. Choreographed by Liam Scarlett and Russell Maliphant.
Best children's show. A Christmas Carol. Lakeside. Directed by Martin Berry.
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Best amateur musical. Oklahoma! Nottingham Operatic Society.
Best amateur drama. God of Carnage. Lace Market Theatre. directed by Graeme Jennings.
Well done to all these super shows that made it to the top of my reviewing list. Here's to some great theatre across the East Midlands in 2014. Phil Lowe.