The Stage Awards Categories


Regional Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by Evolution Productions

The top theatre outside of the capital over the past 12 months. Theatres in the UK’s nations (Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) are also eligible. Judged on criteria including (but not limited to) artistic quality, business success, innovation.

About the sponsor

Evolution-Productions-Category Sponsors -73pxEvolution Productions is run by Paul Hendy and Emily Wood, who are very proud of their reputation for producing some of the best pantomimes in the country. Over the last twelve years, Evolution has built a reputation for superior, bespoke pantomimes with the emphasis on high quality production values, strong casting and genuinely funny scripts. In that time, it has dramatically improved box office returns at every theatre it has worked with. In 2016/17, all Evolution pantomies played to over 90% capacity (its show at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury played to 99.6% over six weeks) and received 5-star reviews.

London Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by Managed Networks

The top theatre in the capital over the past 12 months. Any venue based in Greater London is eligible. Judged on criteria including (but not limited to) artistic quality, business success, innovation.

About the sponsor

Managed Networks has worked with more than 75% of London’s West End theatres over the last decade. It provides IT services to Delfont Mackintosh, Lloyd Webber Theatres, Nimax, Open Air Theatre, Really Useful Group and White Light Ltd. It has recently been acquired by IP Integration who provide intelligent Contact Centre and IT solutions for Co-Op and Direct Line, amongst others. Going forward, both companies will enhance each other’s offerings. Their DesktopLive service gives organisations a simple price for all their IT and telephony needs, with assured security, guaranteed resilience and a comprehensive support offering that understands your business. Get in touch on 020 7496 8000, email or visit

Fringe Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by

The top small-scale theatres across the UK that don’t receive core government funding. Judged on criteria including (but not limited to) artistic quality, business success, innovation etc.

About the sponsor

Encore-Insure-Category-Sponsors-73px is an online theatre insurance facility specialising in fringe productions. It takes the hassle out of insurance and can provide a competitively priced quote in minutes. is your step by step, easy to follow, one stop solution to your production insurance requirements. With access available to your account 24/7, everything can be processed at a time convenient to you. Fringe theatre provides a forum for the energy, passion and creative zeal of new theatre makers to produce fantastic work without extortionate budgets. is very proud to be sponsoring the Fringe Theatre of the Year award and wish all of the nominees the best of luck!

Theatre Building of the Year
Sponsored by TAIT

Theatre venues or any physical structure or space hosting theatrical performance is eligible for this award. The building or space must have launched (or relaunched) within the past 12 months. Judged on criteria including (but not limited to) innovation, design, facilities.

About the sponsor

TAIT is the world market leader in designing, constructing and delivering the finest live event equipment in the world. Whether it’s creating awe-inspiring spectaculars, complex touring stages, theatre engineering solutions, brand activations or cruise ship installations, TAIT delivers world-class solutions for live experiences. With its proprietary entertainment automation platform, custom-made products, and creative engineering, TAIT’s cutting-edge offerings continue to advance industry standards and exceed client expectations. As a global network of over 600 employees in 12 office locations, TAIT has worked on projects in over 30 countries, all seven continents and even outer space. TAIT’s diverse group of clients include Taylor Swift, Cirque Du Soleil, the Metropolitan Opera House, NASA, National Geographic, Beyoncé and The Olympics.

Producer of the Year
Sponsored by PRG

Any producer or production-company – of any scale, subsidised or commercial – is eligible. Judged on criteria including (but not limited to) artistic quality, business success, innovation etc.

About the sponsor

PRG is a multi-award-winning supplier of lighting, video and rigging systems to the events and entertainment industry in the UK. Its clients include theatre designers, show producers, touring companies, television and film production, and the producers of special events. The range of services offered by PRG covers everything from support at the creative design stage, to supply of video and lighting technology, and 24 hour support whilst a production is live. PRG is part of Production Resource Group, which operates in 15 countries globally, and enables it to support theatre productions on worldwide touring projects.

School of the Year
Sponsored by TodayTix

Stage schools, drama schools or any organisations offering performing arts education in the UK are eligible. This covers all age ranges and education levels from stage schools for young children to degree and post-graduate education. Judged on criteria including (but not limited to) exam results, Ofsted reports, ISI reports, alumni success.

About the sponsor
TodayTix is a ticketing platform on a mission to redefine the way people see theatre. Through effortless access to the best shows, insightful guidance to the world of theatre and thoughtful service at each moment along the way, TodayTix enables people to discover the best that their city has to offer. The international ticketing platform is connecting the next generation of culture lovers to theatre. TodayTix enables people to discover the best that their city has to offer on a regular basis. Download the free app for iOS and Android or visit

International Award
Sponsored by Ambassador Theatre Group

As with our other awards, this recognises excellence over the past 12 months. Any type of theatrical organisation or person (e.g. theatre, producer, school) is eligible for this award. However, it specifically recognises work with an international element. This could be UK companies taking work abroad, international companies bringing work to the UK, or organisations or people operating entirely outside the UK. Judged on criteria including (but not limited to) artistic quality, business success, innovation.

About the sponsor

Ambassador Theatre Group is the world’s number one live-theatre company with close to 50 venues in the UK, the United States and Germany, including many historic West End, Broadway and regional theatres. Ambassador Theatre Group covers every discipline in the theatre industry, from operating venues to ticketing platforms and producing award-winning shows. Its ambition is to help great shows find the largest possible audiences.

Innovation Award
Sponsored by Charcoalblue

The Innovation Award highlights the best new design, technical or creative developments in the performing arts in the past 12 months. Any theatre company or organisation working in the sector is eligible and it will be judged on supporting evidence. The judges will take scale into account and are expecting submissions from organisations large and small.

About the sponsor

Charcoalblue is the world’s most innovative theatre, acoustic and digital design consultancy. Founded in 2004, it has grown to a team of more than seventy working across six international studios including London, Bristol, Glasgow, New York, Chicago and Melbourne. Consultants of choice for the country’s leading architects and theatre companies, Charcoalblue’s portfolio ranges from world-famous companies like the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Sydney Theatre Company, to cutting-edge outfits such as Siobhan Davies Dance and Graeae.

Sustainability Award
Sponsored by ETC

The Sustainability Award recognises theatres or companies that have implemented significant environmental initiatives. Any theatre company or organisation working in the sector is eligible and it will be judged on supporting evidence. The judges will take scale into account and are expecting submissions from organisations large and small.

About the sponsor

A global leader in the manufacturing of lighting and rigging technology, ETC employs over 1,200 people across 12 countries, in 11 corporate and several home offices. ETC is proud of its industry reputation for unmatched technical and customer service, 24/7/365. With a family of over 300 authorised service centres throughout the world, staffed by hundreds of certified technicians, customers are never far from an ETC resource with a face and a name. ETC develops professional tools and products which can be found in small and large venues worldwide such as theatres, theme parks, hotels, schools, television studios and stadiums.

Unsung Hero
Sponsored by White Light Ltd

An individual or team who/which has gone above and beyond the call of duty in its work in the performing arts industry. Perhaps this could be someone working front of house or as an usher, or someone who has run a theatre club or society for years without public recognition. High profile figures who feature or have featured previously in The Stage 100 are unlikely to be considered.

About the sponsor

WL offers creative solutions and technical excellence. It operates in a range of markets including theatre, concert touring, corporate events, broadcast, themed attractions, education and trade. Since its formation in 1971, it has forged a reputation for supplying technical solutions including lighting, audio, video and rigging to various projects across the UK, Europe and worldwide. It prides itself on the knowledge, service and high standards that have earned the trust of professionals across the entertainment spectrum. Most recent shows WL supplied were Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Tina the Musical, Pinter at the Pinter Season, Company, Aladdin, The Inheritance and The Band UK tour.

Headline sponsor

The Stage is hugely proud of its association with Integro Insurance Brokers Ltd which helps to make The Stage Awards a special event

Integro is a market leading international insurance brokerage and risk management company operating across the UK and USA. Recognised as world leaders in its field, the Entertainment & Sport practice specialise in designing insurance policies that meet the needs and special requirements of theatres & venues, bands & artists of all stature, film & TV production companies, sports governing bodies, teams and players.

It has provided insurance for over 65% of West End productions and advise approximately 130 theatres and venues in the UK. It provides advisory and risk management services to prestigious West End and Broadway theatre productions, national & international stage production companies and theatres & many fringe venues throughout the UK.

Its clients include: theatres, arts & multimedia venues, producers & production companies, dance companies, management companies, equipment hire companies, management consultants, event management and production & set builders.

Its team of experts meet the insurance needs of those engaged right across the entertainment industry and are always happy to provide a quotation and advice. For more information visit

Integro Insurance Brokers is extremely proud to be sponsoring The Stage Awards for a sixth year and would like to wish the nominees in each category of the awards the very best of luck.

Category sponsors

The Stage is delighted with the extensive support shown to The Stage Awards by our category sponsors

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