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The Stage 100

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The Stage 100, the definitive guide to the most influential figures working in the UK theatre and performing arts industry today.

The Stage 100 traditionally reflects the 100 most influential people working in the theatre and performing arts industry.


For 2021, the list has been re-imagined to celebrate individuals who have gone above and beyond in helping theatre survive the biggest crisis the industry has ever faced. This year’s list is not ranked by order of power or influence, but is instead divided into five areas. These areas represent the ways in which theatre has responded to the Coronavirus pandemic. The five areas are: Putting on Shows, Lobbying and Campaigning, Fundraising, Serving the Community and Support and Development.

Eagle-eyed readers will notice that this year’s 100 features only 99 entries. That is not an administrative oversight but is intended to indicate that we consider this year’s list to be incomplete. We make no claims that this list is definitive. The truth is that we could have filled the 100 many times over. The people we have chosen should absolutely be celebrated in their own right – they have done extraordinary things – but they should also be seen as representative of the huge numbers of other people doing great work in the face of adversity during 2020.


Find out which theatremakers made the 2021 list here.

Awards Step


November 10, 2020

Public nominations for The Stage 100 open

November 27, 2020

Nominations close for The Stage 100

End of November 2020

The Stage’s judging panel meets


January 7, 2021

The Stage 100 list is announced


"“It’s been a joyful year taking my show to eighty-seven theatres up and down the country...I thank The Stage for putting me at the top of their list for 2020, an honour I share with the brilliant production team from ATG.”

Sir Ian McKellen


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Public nominations for The Stage 100 ran online from November 10 - 27.


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News item 1

The Stage 100: Celebrating theatre’s exceptional figures in a year like no other

This year’s edition of The Stage 100 recognises those who have gone above and beyond in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Read the article in full here.

News item 2

The Stage 100 2020: The full list

Figures featured in the 2020 power list include Sonia Friedman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh and Maggie Smith. Read the article in full here.

News item 3

The Stage 100 2020: Ian McKellen first actor to be named theatre's most influential figure

Ian McKellen tops 2020 power list for extraordinary nationwide tour, raising more than £4 million towards arts projects across the country. Read the article in full here.

News item 4

The Stage 100 2019: Theatre architect Steve Tompkins tops list of industry's most influential

Tompkins tops the list for “literally and physically transforming British theatre” through his buildings. Read the article in full here.

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