Three-time Tony and Emmy nominee Kate Burton was honored with the Matador Award for Achievement in Classical Theater by Red Bull Theater (RBT) October 22. Director Daniel Sullivan and RBT Founder and Artistic Director Jesse Berger presented the award which was originally meant to be presented in 2020.
Burton has played several of Shakespeare's iconic women, including Twelfth Night's Viola, Romeo and Juliet's Juliet, Othello's Desdemona, and Measure for Measure's Isabella. In Free Shakespeare in the Park productions from The Public, she has starred in Coriolanus as Volumnia and The Queen. At The Old Globe, she took on the role of Prospera, traditionally Prospero, in The Tempest. With 15 Broadway credits to her name, audiences will recognize her from her most recent performance as Liz Essendine in the 2018 revival of Present Laughter. She received Tony nominations for her work in The Constant Wife, Hedda Gabler, and The Elephant Man, while her Emmy nominations have recognized her onscreen work in Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
The Matador Award recognizes "individuals or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary talent, service, or significant achievement in the classical theatre." Founded in 2009, previous recipients include Oscar Isaac, Patrick Stewart, André De Shields, Olympia Dukakis, Liev Schreiber, the American Theatre Wing, Fund for the City of New York, the Michael Tuch Foundation, the Off-Broadway Angels, Jack O’Brien, and Michael Kahn, among others.
Red Bull Theater, which began in 2003 with Shakespeare's Pericles, focuses on bringing classic plays, often by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, to the stage for modern audiences. The theatre also stages works by contemporary playwrights in conversation with classic works.
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