Andrew Hill, the Theatre Director of the Wyvern has been awarded first prize in the IEAP Rising Star Awards for 2006 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
This an annual ceremony held by the Institute of Entertainment and Arts Professionals and the Rising Star Award is for young people who have made, in the judges opinion, the biggest impact on their company, four lucky winners received awards, but Andrew was selected as top performer.
He won this award on the back of his excellent leadership and work of the Wyvern theatre over the 18 months. The award was presented by June Whitfield who herself received the Waterford Crystal Award for a lifetime commitment to the profession which included finalists Julie Walters, Kevin Spacey and Bonnie Langford.
Andrew said on his return to the theatre, “I am delighted to win this award. It is a credit to the team at the theatre. It has been a difficult time here but this is great news and we look forward to opening as soon as possible”
Since September he has managed an empty theatre after asbestos was found in the roof space. He and his staff have had their work cut off scheduling shows and finding alternative venues around the town. Swindon Council agreed to carry out a full refurbishment of the theatre which has just commenced after the removal of the poisonous. But the Wyvern is unlikely to reopen until June, perhaps mid-May at the earliest.