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The Stage Awards

in association with Integro Insurance Brokers Ltd

The Stage Awards are the highest profile awards celebrating theatre across the whole of the UK and beyond.

Theatre is not short of awards ceremonies. But most focus solely on the stars, the West End glitz, the people whose names are already up in lights. The Stage Awards is a ceremony that recognised the full scope of British theatre.

Our previous winners have included major national and international organisations such as the National Theatre, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Sonia Friedman Productions, but also companies from across the British Isles, touring companies, fringe theatres located in back rooms above pubs, casting directors, stage managers, box office managers, a wardrobe manager… we believe in celebrating the whole of UK theatre.

Categories

Regional Theatre of the Year

London Theatre of the Year

Sponsored by LMA

Fringe Theatre of the Year

Sponsored by encoreinsure.com

Theatre Building of the Year

Sponsored by TAIT

Producer of the Year

Sponsored by PRG

International Award

Sponsored by Ambassador Theatre Group

Innovation Award

Sponsored by Charcoalblue

Achievement in Technical Theatre

Sponsored by ETC

Unsung Hero

Sponsored by Get Into Theatre

Highlights from The Stage Awards 2019 at the Bridge Theatre

Timeline

October 24, 2019

Public nominations for The Stage Awards open for all categories. The Unsung Hero award is the only category that is not self-nominated

November 18, 2019

Nominations close for The Stage Awards

End of November 2019

The Stage Awards’ judging panel meets

December 12, 2019

Shortlist announced for The Stage Awards

January 31, 2020

Winners announced at The Stage Awards

“The Bush Theatre succeeds because organisations like The Stage support what we do.”

Madani Younis, artistic director at Bush Theatre, winner of London Theatre of the Year at The Stage Awards 2019

Nominees and Winners 2019

Headline sponsor: Integro Insurance Brokers Ltd

Regional Theatre of the Year

Sponsored by Evolution Productions

WINNER: Nottingham Playhouse

Also shortlisted: Royal Exchange, Manchester & Theatr Clwyd, Mold

London Theatre of the Year

Sponsored by Managed Networks

WINNER: Bush Theatre

Also shortlisted: Almeida Theatre & Young Vic Theatre

Fringe Theatre of the Year

Sponsored by encoreinsure.com

WINNER: Barn Theatre, Cirencester

Also shortlisted: Omnibus Theatre, London & Vault Festival, London

Theatre Building of the Year

Sponsored by TAIT

WINNER: Battersea Arts Centre, London

Also shortlisted: Bristol Old Vic & Royal Opera House, London

Producer of the Year

Sponsored by PRG XL Video

WINNER: Sonia Friedman Productions

Also shortlisted: Fiery Angel & Fuel

School of the Year

Sponsored by TodayTix

WINNER: Open Door, London and East Midlands

Also shortlisted: Great Torrington School, Devon & Young Lyric at the Lyric Hammersmith, London

International Award

Sponsored by Ambassador Theatre Group

WINNER: Hijinx Theatre, Cardiff,

Also shortlisted: National Theatre Scotland, Glasgow & New International Encounter, Cambridge and Hvalstad

Innovation Award

Sponsored by Charcoalblue

WINNER: New Diorama Theatre

Also shortlisted: National Theatre and Spotlight for ProFile database & Talking Birds for Difference Engine captioning software

Sustainability Award

Sponsored by ETC

WINNER: Lyric Hammersmith, London

Also shortlisted: Julie’s Bicycle and Arts Council England for the Accelerator Programme & National Theatre, London

Unsung Hero

Sponsored by White Light

WINNER: Pat Nelder

All photos: Alex Brenner

Nominees and Winners 2018

Headline sponsor: Integro Insurance Brokers Ltd

Regional Theatre of the Year

Sponsored by Evolution Productions

WINNER: Sherman Theatre, Cardiff 

Also shortlisted: Birmingham Hippodrome & Royal Exchange, Manchester

London Theatre of the Year

Sponsored by Managed Networks

WINNER: Almeida Theatre  

Also shortlisted:  Barbican Centre & National Theatre

Fringe Theatre of the Year

Sponsored by Encore Insure

WINNER: Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester 

Also shortlisted: Orange Tree Theatre, & London Summerhall, Edinburgh

Theatre Building of the Year

WINNER: Bridge Theatre, London

Also shortlisted:  Bush Theatre, London & Storyhouse, Chester

Producer of the Year

Sponsored by PRG XL Video

WINNER: Hull City of Culture 

Also shortlisted:  Michael Harrison Productions & Sadler’s Wells, London

School of the Year

Sponsored by TodayTix

WINNER: Royal Exchange Young Company, Manchester

Also shortlisted: Sandringham School, St Albans & Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow

International Award

Sponsored by Ambassador Theatre Group

WINNER: Imaginate for the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival

Also shortlisted:  1927 & Cervantes Theatre

Innovation Award

Sponsored by Charcoalblue

WINNER: The Everyman Company, Liverpool

Also shortlisted:  National Theatre Open Access Capture pilot scheme & Team behind The Believers Are But Brothers

Sustainability Award

Sponsored by GDS

WINNER: Arcola Theatre

Also shortlisted:  The Attic & The Mill at Sonning

Unsung Hero

Sponsored by White Light

WINNER: Clare Ferraby

All photos: Alex Brenner

Previous winners at The Stage Awards

The Stage Awards 2017

Regional Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by Evolution Productions
Sheffield Theatres

London Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by Managed Networks
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Fringe Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by Encoreinsure.com
New Diorama Theatre, London

Theatre Building of the Year
Sponsored by Audience Systems
King’s Cross Theatre, London

Producer of the Year
Sponsored by PRG XL Video
Sonia Friedman Productions

School of the Year
Sponsored by TodayTix
Musical Theatre Academy

International Award
Sponsored by Ambassador Theatre Group
Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures

Innovation Award
Sponsored by Charcoalblue
Complicite

Sustainability Award
Sponsored by Global Design Solutions
Tara Theatre, London

Unsung Hero
Sponsored by White Light
Ned Seago

The Stage Awards 2016

Regional Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by Theatre 2016
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

London Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by Haagen-Dazs
Almeida Theatre

Fringe Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by Encore Insure
The Other Room, Cardiff

Producer of the Year
Sponsored by John Good
Sonia Friedman

School of the Year
Sponsored by Digital Theatre Plus
Arts Educational Schools London

Theatre Building of the Year
Sponsored by ABTT and Richard Pilbrow
NT Future, London

International Award
Sponsored by Ambassador Theatre Group
War Horse China

Unsung Hero
Roger Miller

The Stage Awards 2015

London Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by Haagen-Dazs
Young Vic Theatre

Producer of the Year
Sponsored by Ticketmaster
Sonia Friedman

School of the Year
Sponsored by Nick Hern Books
Young Everyman Playhouse, Liverpool

International
Sponsored by Nyman Libson Paul
Shakespeare’s Globe

Regional Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by Audience Systems
Nuffield, Southampton

Fringe Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by encoreinsure
Park Theatre, London

Theatre Building of the Year (joint winners)
Sponsored by Richard Pilbrow
Roundabout Theatre, Paines Plough / Shakespeare’s Globe

Unsung Hero
Sponsored by ABTT
Sue Nightingale, head of wardrobe at Birmingham Rep

The Stage Awards 2014

Regional Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by Audience Systems
Sheffield Theatres

Fringe Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by encoreinsure
Southwark Playhouse

School of the Year
Sponsored by Nick Hern Books
National Youth Theatre

London Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by Haagen-Dazs
Hampstead Theatre

Producer of the Year
Sponsored by Ticketmaster
Michael Grandage Company

Unsung Hero
Sponsored by the Association of British Theatre Technicians
Andy Collier

The Stage Awards 2013

Fringe Theatre of the Year
Union Theatre

Producer of the Year
A Play, a Pie and a Pint

School of the Year
ALRA North

London Theatre of the Year
Shakespeare’s Globe

Regional Theatre of the Year
Sheffield Theatre

Unsung Hero (joint winners)
Anne McNulty and Chris Isherman

The Stage Awards 2012

Fringe Theatre of the Year
Union Theatre

Producer of the Year
A Play, a Pie and a Pint

School of the Year
ALRA North

London Theatre of the Year
Shakespeare’s Globe

Regional Theatre of the Year
Sheffield Theatre

Unsung Hero (joint winners)
Anne McNulty and Chris Isherman

The Stage Awards 2011

London Theatre of the Year
The Bush Theatre

Regional Theatre of the Year
Chichester Festival Theatre

Fringe Theatre of the Year
Jermyn Street Theatre

Producer of the Year
The National Theatre

School of the Year
Musical Theatre Academy

Unsung Hero
Edwin Shaw, Heather Miller and Frances Coyle

The Stage Awards 2010

London Theatre of the Year
The Royal Court Theatre

Regional Theatre of the Year
Northampton Royal and Derogate

Fringe Theatre of the Year
Finborough Theatre

Producer of the Year
English Touring Theatre

School of the Year
Sylvia Young Theatre School

Criteria

The nominations for 2020 have now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination. The shortlist will be announced on December 12.

Regional Theatre of the Year

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.

Fringe Theatre of the Year

Sponsored by encoreinsure.com

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.

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.

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.

Unsung Hero

Sponsored by Get Into Theatre

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.

London Theatre of the Year

Sponsored by LMA

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.

Theatre Building of the Year

Sponsored by TAIT

Theatre venues or any physical structure or space hosting theatrical performance are 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.

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.

Achievement in Technical Theatre

Sponsored by ETC

The Achievement in Technical Theatre Award recognises individuals or teams who have excelled within their field in the past 12 months. This excellence can have manifested within any aspect of technical theatre. Individuals or teams working for any theatre company or organisation in the sector are eligible. Judges will be looking for evidence of how the individual or team has contributed to the success (artistic or otherwise) of a production or theatre organisation. New products are not eligible for this category, but should be entered in the Innovation Award category. The award is specifically for achievements in the past 12 months, it is not a lifetime achievement award.

Eligibility

The nominations for 2020 have now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination. The shortlist will be announced on December 12.

Who can nominate?

Organisations can put themselves forward, or you can nominate another organisation you admire. The only category that should not be self-nominated is the Unsung Hero award, sponsored by Get Into Theatre.

When does the public nomination process close? 

Nominations closed on November 18.

What are the judging criteria?

When telling us why are you are nominating an organisation/individual, you should try to back up any assertions with detailed figures. So, for example, if you are talking about a theatre increasing its audience numbers or box office, please include the level from and to. The artistic success of an organisation is of course taken into account – you might like to back this up with other awards, or reviews – but it is not the sole factor upon which judgements will be made. Examples of innovative business practices, outreach work, financial success – among many other factors – will also be taken into account. The awards focus on work since December 2018 – with the exception of the Unsung Hero award, sponsored by Get Into Theatre, which can cover any period.

What is the judging process?

Following the public nominations process, the nominees across all categories are considered in December by The Stage’s judging panel, which can also submit its own nominations. The shortlist for each category (excluding Unsung Hero, for which there is no shortlist) is announced on December 12, with the winners announced at The Stage Awards ceremony on January 31, 2020.

Is there a fee to enter?

There is no fee to nominate an organisation/person for The Stage Awards in association with Integro Insurance Brokers Ltd.

How can my nomination be used?

It is a condition of entry that all material submitted as part of your entry can be reproduced by The Stage Media Company at no cost.

What if I disagree with the shortlist or result?

The judging panel’s decision is final.

How we choose our shortlists and winners

Stage one In October and November, we hold an open nominations process. Organisations are able to put themselves, or others, forward for consideration across all the categories.

Stage two We ask leading figures from the UK theatre industry, working across the commercial, independent and subsidised sectors, who they would nominate in each category. We also consult senior figures from The Stage’s editorial team.

Stage three The final judging panel meet to consider all the submissions and choose the final shortlist. The panel is chaired by The Stage’s editor Alistair Smith.

If you have any other questions about the awards or nomination process please contact rachel.pottle@thestage.co.uk

The Stage Awards could not happen without the generous support from our sponsors

If you are interested in being a sponsor in 2020 please get in touch or take a look at the sponsorship packages here

Integro Insurance Brokers Ltd
headline sponsor

Integro, who are rebranding to Tysers, is a market leading insurance brokerage and risk management company; Our Worldwide Entertainment and Sport practice provides specialist insurance for the entertainment world.

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 and are always happy to provide a quotation and advice. For more information visit www.integroentertainment.com.

We are 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.

LMA
sponsor of London Theatre of the Year

LMA live and breathe music, creative media and performing arts.
LMA is an institution that offers BA (Hons) degrees in Digital Film & TV Production, Cinematography Directing, Post Production, Scriptwriting, Acting, Screen Acting, Musical Theatre, Dance Performance, Music Performance & Industry, Drums, Guitar, Piano and Vocals. All degrees are awarded by Staffordshire University.

LMA have campuses in Liverpool and London.
www.lma.ac.uk

encoreinsure.com 
sponsor of Fringe Theatre of the Year

encoreinsure.com 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.

encoreinsure.com 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!

TAIT

sponsor of Theatre Building of the Year

TAIT is the World Market Leader in designing, constructing and delivering the finest live event solutions 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 700 employees in 12 office locations, TAIT has worked on projects in over 30 countries, all 7 continents and even outer space.

PRG
sponsor of Producer of the Year

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.

Ambassador Theatre Group
sponsor of International Award

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. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees of The Stage Awards from everyone at Ambassador Theatre Group.

Charcoalblue
sponsor of Innovation Award

Charcoalblue delivers specialist design services for performance and creative spaces. Their work ranges from theatres of historic significance through to contemporary workplaces; from permanent buildings to temporary spaces; and from the physical through to the digital world. Charcoalblue provide a full spectrum of consultancy services from strategic analysis and creative concept generation through to detailed design and full project leadership. Their services integrate world-class acoustic, technical and digital design solutions from the outset. Collaboration is at the heart of everything they do, resulting in unique, innovative solutions that draw the best out of every space.

ETC
sponsor of Achievement in Technical Theatre

A global leader in the manufacturing of lighting and rigging technology, ETC employs nearly 1400 people in 13 corporate offices around the world. ETC is proud of its industry reputation for unmatched technical and customer service, 24/7/365. With a family of over 300 authorized service centers throughout the world, staffed by hundreds of certified technicians, customers are never far from an ETC resource with a face and a name.

We develop professional tools and make them accessible to everyone. Our products are found in small and large venues worldwide, such as theatres, opera houses, schools, television studios and theme parks.

Get Into Theatre
sponsor of Unsung Hero

Get Into Theatre is the essential website to help you find all the information and opportunities you need to pursue a successful career in theatre in the UK. From backstage to performing, training to apprenticeships, you will find up-to-date theatre jobs information and advice.

Get Into Theatre is the UK’s leading theatre careers website. It is produced by The Stage and generously  funded and supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and UK Theatre/Society of London Theatre.

Race, background or disability shouldn’t be a barrier – everyone should have the same chance to have a career in the theatre industry and easy access to current information.

Headline sponsor

Integro, who are rebranding to Tysers, is a market leading insurance brokerage and risk management company; Our Worldwide Entertainment and Sport practice provides specialist insurance for the entertainment world.

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 and are always happy to provide a quotation and advice. For more information visit www.integroentertainment.com.

We are 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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