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

MNLogo 73pxManaged Networks has been working with theatre and entertainment for over a decade. We work with more than 75% of London’s West End theatres, as well as a wide range of independents and suppliers to the industry; such as Delfont Mackintosh, White Light Ltd, Nimax and Open Air Theatre. Our DesktopLive service gives organisations large and small a single, simple price for all their IT and telephony needs, with assured security, guaranteed resilience and a comprehensive and friendly support offering that understands the pressures you work under. Get in touch on 020 7496 8000, email and visit or come to one of our seminars to learn more.

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. We take 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. We are very proud to be sponsoring the Fringe Theatre of the Year award & wish all of the nominees the best of luck!

Theatre Building of the Year

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.

Producer of the Year
Sponsored by PRG XL Video

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 XL Video

PRG XL Video is a multi-award-winning supplier of lighting, video and rigging systems to the events and entertainment industry in the UK. Our 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 XL Video 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 XL Video is part of Production Resource Group, which operates in 15 countries globally, and enables us 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 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

The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) is an extraordinary global success story. Founded in 1992, ATG is now the world’s number one live theatre company with over 40 venues in the UK and the United States (including 3 in New York), plus a production company in Germany. As a prolific international award-winning producer, ATG creates work across the entertainment spectrum. Dynamism, creativity and quality are at the heart of everything the company produces. ATG is also the market leader in theatre ticketing services through ATG Tickets and LOVETheatre.

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 leading theatre, acoustic and digital design consultancy. Founded in 2004, they have grown to a team of more than sixty working across five international studios including London, Bristol, Glasgow, New York 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 Theatre and the Sydney Theatre Company, to cutting-edge outfits such as Siobhan Davies Dance and Graeae.

Sustainability Award
Sponsored by GDS

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

Global Design Solutions (GDS) is a specialist UK-based LED lighting manufacturer with a 14 year history. This award-winning company is truly global, having established a distribution network in 38 countries. In addition to its innovative lighting solutions, GDS also produces SM Console, the first choice stage manager’s desk of many of the world’s leading theatres. Having developed 7 brands that have been recognised by 14 industry awards, GDS operates at the forefront of the entertainment, architectural, television, maritime and corporate markets. In the last 5 years its revolutionary ArcSystem has been installed into some of the world’s most significant theatres, arenas, churches, galleries and museums.

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
White Light

WL offers creative solutions and technical excellence. We operate in a range of markets including theatre, concert touring, corporate events, broadcast, themed attractions, education and trade. Since our formation in 1971, we have forged a reputation for supplying technical solutions including lighting, audio, video and rigging to various projects across the UK, Europe and worldwide. We pride ourselves on the knowledge, service and high standards that have earned us the trust of professionals across the entertainment spectrum. Most recent shows WL supplied were Aladdin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Heisenberg, Young Frankenstein, Venus in Fur, 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 Insurance Brokers are an international insurance brokerage operating from offices spread across the UK and USA. Recognised as world leaders in our field our major 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,.

We have provided insurance for over 65% of the West End productions & advise approximately 130 theatres and venues in the UK. We provide 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. Our clients include: theatres, arts & multimedia venues, producers & production companies, dance companies, management companies, equipment hire companies, management consultants, event management & production & set builders.

Our team of experts meet the insurance needs of those engaged right across the entertainment industry – we are always happy to provide a quotation and advice, if you would like more information visit

Integro Insurance Brokers are extremely proud to be sponsoring The Stage Awards for a fifth 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

CharcoalblueEncore InsurePRG XL VideoWhite Light


The Stage is extremely grateful to all of The Stage Awards supporters

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