A joint Rose Theatre production has won a national award.

Translations, produced alongside Sheffield Theatres and the English Touring Theatre, was awarded the UK Theatre award for best touring show.

Brian Friel’s play was directed by James Grieve and came to the Rose in April.

Jerry Gunn, executive producer at the Rose, said: “We are absolutely thrilled.

“This flawless production, as it was described by the critics, received rave reviews and the award is testament to the quality of the play and the hard work of the creative team.”

The play is a love story, set in rural 19th century Ireland, and complicated by language.

The British army arrives to change Gaelic place names into the King’s English, while the affections of farm girl Maire are torn between a visiting soldier and a local man.

Actor Niall Buggy, who spoke to the Surrey Comet earlier this year, said: “I would have to say it is one of the greatest plays ever written. It was a joy to do.

“The language of love is also the language of living. It is a play about love, not about politics.”