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

This year has been the most testing time for British theatre in living memory. From artistic directors of the nation’s biggest theatres to freelancers at the start of their careers, everyone has had to make incredibly tough choices to ensure their personal and professional survival. But through all of the difficulty some true gems have come to light.

 

The range of innovation in theatre has been astounding, from truly remarkable digital performances, theatres providing their local communities with ways of communicating the issues they are facing through art, or individual costume makers creating scrubs for their local NHS frontline staff.

 

We thought long and hard about whether it was right to have an awards celebrating theatre this year, especially given there has been little in the way of traditional productions, however with a remarkable year has come some remarkable acts.

 

While there will be no physical ceremony this year, we hope you will help us to tell these stories and celebrate the people who have continued to create great theatre, shown innovation and helped ensure theatre survives.

 

Alongside nominations from the judging panel and a body of industry experts, subscribers to The Stage are invited to put forward their organisation for consideration.


Entries are now open. Nominations close on November 27. Click here to submit a nomination.

 

Watch the highlights from The Stage Awards 2020 below

 

Awards Step

Categories

Regional Theatre of the Year

 

London Theatre of the Year

 

Fringe Theatre of the Year

Theatre Building of the Year

 

Producer of the Year

 

International Award

 

Innovation Award

 

Achievement in Technical Theatre

Timeline

November 10, 2020

Public nominations for The Stage Awards open for all categories

November 27, 2020

Nominations close for The Stage Awards


End of November 2020

The Stage Awards’ judging panel meets

 

January 7, 2021

Winners announced online and in The Stage newspaper

"The award recognises the work being done behind the scenes to create a fair and inclusive industry."

 

Artistic Directors of the Future, winner of the Innovation Award at The Stage Awards 2020

 

Get Involved

Nominate

Public nominations for The Stage Awards run from November 10 - 27. Tell us about the brilliant things your arts organisation has been doing this year that has championed theatre, shown innovation and helped ensure theatre survives. Submit your nomination here. (You must be a subscriber to The Stage to enter).

 

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News item 1

The Stage Awards 2020 in pictures

A compilation of photos featuring winners and industry guests at The Stage Awards 2020, which were presented at the Royal Opera House on January 31. See the photos here.

News item 2

The Stage Awards 2020: The winners in full

Winners of the 2020 awards were announced at an event at the Royal Opera House in London on January 31, including Sheffield Theatres, ATG Productions and Selladoor Worldwide. Read the article in full here.

News item 3

Hosts announced for The Stage Awards 2020

Director Atri Banerjee and actor Lauren O’Leary are to host The Stage Awards 2020. Banerjee and O’Leary were both winners at The Stage Debut Awards 2019. Read the article in full here.

News item 4

The Stage Awards 2020: Shortlist in full

Nominees for this year's awards include Sheffield Theatres, Milo Rau, The London Palladium, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and Orange Tree Theatre. Read the article in full here.

Previous Winners

Winners of The Stage Awards have ranged from national theatres and large scale organisations to tiny theatres above pubs and stage door keepers. 

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The Stage Awards 2020 winners

The Stage Awards 2020 winners

Regional Theatre of the Year

Sponsored by Berkley London

WINNER: Sheffield Theatres

Also shortlisted: Derby Theatre & Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

London Theatre of the Year 2020

London Theatre of the Year

Sponsored by LMA

WINNER: Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Also shortlisted: London Palladium & Theatre Royal Stratford East

Fringe Theatre of the Year 2020

Fringe Theatre of the Year

Sponsored by encoreinsure.com

WINNER: Bunker Theatre, London

Also shortlisted: Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle & Orange Tree Theatre, London

Theatre Building of the Year 2020

Theatre Building of the Year

Sponsored by TAIT

WINNER: Leeds Playhouse

Also shortlisted: Boulevard Theatre, London & Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London

Producer of the Year 2020

Producer of the Year

Sponsored by PRG

WINNER: ATG Productions

Also shortlisted: Fuel & Michael Harrison Entertainment

Achievement in Technical Theatre 2020

Achievement in Technical Theatre

Sponsored by ETC

WINNER: Sheffield Theatres’ Life of Pi creative and production teams

Also shortlisted: Max and Ben Ringham, and the team behind National Theatre’s Anna & Young Vic’s team for Death of a Salesman scratch performances

International Award 2020

International Award

Sponsored by Ambassador Theatre Group

WINNER: Selladoor Worldwide

Also shortlisted: Coronet Theatre, London & Milo Rau

Innovation Award 2020

Innovation Award

Sponsored by Charcoalblue

WINNER: Artistic Directors of the future for its work to diversify theatre boards

Also shortlisted: & Juliet for its Smash Hits marketing campaign & Immersive LDN for providing a hub for immersive theatre in London

Unsung Hero 2020

Unsung Hero

Sponsored by Get Into Theatre

WINNER: Mary Joseph

The Stage Awards 2019 winners

The Stage Awards 2019 winners

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 2019

London Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by Managed Networks
WINNER: Bush Theatre
Also shortlisted: Almeida Theatre & Young Vic Theatre

Fringe Theatre of the Year 2019

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 2019

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 2019

Producer of the Year
Sponsored by PRG XL Video
WINNER: Sonia Friedman Productions
Also shortlisted: Fiery Angel & Fuel

 

School of the Year 2019

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 2019

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 2019

Innovation Award
Sponsored by Charcoalblue
WINNER: New Diorama Theatre, London for its programming model
Also shortlisted: Talking Birds for The Difference Engine captioning software & National Theatre and Spotlight for ProFile, a video casting database for D/deaf and disabled actors

 

Sustainability Award 2019

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 2019

Unsung Hero
Sponsored by White Light
Pat Nelder

The Stage Awards 2018 winners

The Stage Awards 2018 winners

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 2018

London Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by Managed Networks
WINNER: Almeida Theatre
Also shortlisted: Barbican Centre & National Theatre

Fringe Theatre of the Year 2018

Fringe Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by encoreinsure.com
WINNER: Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
Also shortlisted: Orange Tree Theatre, & London Summerhall, Edinburgh

Theatre Building of the Year 2018

Theatre Building of the Year
WINNER: Bridge Theatre, London
Also shortlisted: Bush Theatre, London & Storyhouse, Chester

Producer of the Year 2018

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 2018

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 2018

International Award
Sponsored by Ambassador Theatre Group
WINNER: Imaginate for the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival
Also shortlisted: 1927 & Cervantes Theatre

Innovation Award 2018

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 2018

Sustainability Award
Sponsored by GDS
WINNER: Arcola Theatre
Also shortlisted: The Attic & The Mill at Sonning

Unsung Hero 2018

Unsung Hero
Sponsored by White Light
WINNER: Clare Ferraby

The Stage Awards 2017 winners

The Stage Awards 2017 winners

Regional Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by Evolution Productions
WINNER: Sheffield Theatres

Also shortlisted: Bristol Old Vic & Mercury Theatre, Colchester

London Theatre of the Year 2017

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

Also shortlisted: Menier Chocolate Factory & The Old Vic

Fringe Theatre of the Year 2017

Fringe Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by encoreinsure.com
WINNER: New Diorama Theatre, London

Also shortlisted: Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester & Hope Theatre, London

 Theatre Building of the Year 2017

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

Also shortlisted: Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool & Tara Theatre, London

Producer of the Year 2017

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

Also shortlisted: Fiery Angel & Kenny Wax Productions

School of the Year 2017

School of the Year
Sponsored by TodayTix
WINNER: Musical Theatre Academy, London

Also shortlisted: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff & Urdang Academy, London

International Award 2017

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

Also shortlisted: Big in Belgium season at Edinburgh Festival Fringe & Graeae Theatre Company

Innovation Award 2017

Innovation Award
Sponsored by Charcoalblue
WINNER: Complicite

Also shortlisted: Les Enfants Terribles and Emma Brunjes Productions & New Diorama Theatre

Sustainability Award 2017

Sustainability Award
Sponsored by Global Design Solutions
WINNER: Tara Theatre, London

Also shortlisted: London Theatre Consortium & The Handlebards

Unsung Hero 2017

Unsung Hero
Sponsored by White Light
Ned Seago

The Stage Awards 2016 winners

The Stage Awards 2016 winners

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

Also shortlisted: Chichester Festival Theatre & Royal and Derngate, Northampton

London Theatre of the Year 2016

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

Also shortlisted: Barbican & Shakespeare's Globe

Fringe Theatre of the Year 2016

Fringe Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by encoreinsure.com
WINNER: The Other Room, Cardiff

Also shortlisted: Camden People's Theatre, London & Orange Tree Theatre, London

Producer of the Year 2016

Producer of the Year
Sponsored by John Good
WINNER: Sonia Friedman

Also shortlisted: Edinburgh International Festival & Rachel Edwards

School of the Year 2016

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

Also shortlisted: Belgrade Theatre, Coventry & University of Warwick, School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies

Theatre Building of the Year 2016

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

Also shortlisted: King's Cross Theatre, London & Wilton's Music Hall, London

International Award 2016

International Award
Sponsored by Ambassador Theatre Group
WINNER: War Horse China

Also shortlisted: Good Chance, Calais & Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

Unsung Hero 2016

Unsung Hero
Roger Miller

The Stage Awards 2015 winners

The Stage Awards 2015 winners

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

Also shortlisted: Almeida Theatre & Unicorn Theatre

Producer Theatre of the Year 2015

Producer of the Year
Sponsored by Ticketmaster
WINNER: Sonia Friedman

Also shortlisted: Playful Productions & Danielle Tarento

School of the Year 2015

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

Also shortlisted: Fourth Monkey & National Centre for Circus Arts

 

International Award 2015

International Award
Sponsored by Nyman Libson Paul
WINNER: Shakespeare’s Globe

Also shortlisted: Barbican Centre & Richard Jordan

Regional Theatre of the Year 2015

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

Also shortlisted: Ustinov Studio, Bath Theatre Royal & Curve, Leicester

Fringe Theatre of the Year 2015

Fringe Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by encoreinsure.com
WINNER: Park Theatre, London

Also shortlisted: Southwark Playhouse, London & Summerhall, Edinburgh

 Theatre Building of the Year 2015

Theatre Building of the Year (joint winners)
Sponsored by Richard Pilbrow
WINNER: Liverpool Everyman & Roundabout Theatre, Paines Plough

Also shortlisted: Liverpool Everyman

Unsung Hero 2015

Unsung Hero
Sponsored by ABTT

Sue Nightingale, head of wardrobe at Birmingham Rep

The Stage Awards 2014 winners

The Stage Awards 2014 winners

Regional Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by Audience Systems
WINNER: Sheffield Theatres

Also shortlisted: New Wolsey Theatre & Marlowe Theatre

Fringe Theatre of the Year 2014

Fringe Theatre of the Year
Sponsored by Robertson Taylor W&P Longreach
WINNER: Southwark Playhouse

Also shortlisted: New Diorama Theatre & Brass Works Theatre

School of the Year 2014

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

Also shortlisted: Arts Educational Schools & Chicken Shed Theatre

London Theatre of the Year 2014

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

Also shortlisted: Young Vic & Bush Theatre

 

Producer of the Year 2014

Producer of the Year
Sponsored by Ticketmaster
WINNER: Michael Grandage Company

Also shortlisted: Headlong & Sonia Friedman Productions

Unsung Hero 2014

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

The Stage Awards 2013 winners

The Stage Awards 2013 winners

Fringe Theatre of the Year
Union Theatre

 

Producer of the Year 2013

Producer of the Year

A Play, a Pie and a Pint

 

School of the Year 2013

School of the Year
ALRA North

 

London Theatre of the Year 2013

London Theatre of the Year
Shakespeare’s Globe

 

Regional Theatre of the Year 2013

Regional Theatre of the Year

Sheffield Theatres

 

Unsung Hero 2013

Unsung Hero (joint winners)
Anne McNulty and Chris Isherman

The Stage Awards 2012 winners

The Stage Awards 2012 winners

Fringe Theatre of the Year
Jermyn Street Theatre, London

 

 Producer of the Year 2012

Producer of the Year
National Theatre, London

 

School of the Year 2012

School of the Year

Musical Theatre Academy

 

London Theatre of the Year 2012

London Theatre of the Year
Bush Theatre

 

Regional Theatre of the Year 2012

Regional Theatre of the Year
Chichester Festival Theatre

 

 

Unsung Hero 2012

Unsung Hero (joint winners)
Edwin Shaw, Heather Miller and Frances Coyle

The Stage Awards 2011 winners

The Stage Awards 2011 winners

London Theatre of the Year
The Royal Court Theatre

 

Regional Theatre of the Year 2011

Regional Theatre of the Year
Royal and Derngate, Northampton

 

Fringe Theatre of the Year 2011

Fringe Theatre of the Year
Finborough Theatre, London

 

Producer of the Year 2011

Producer of the Year
English Touring Theatre

 

School of the Year 2011

School of the Year
Sylvia Young Theatre School

 

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Criteria

To be eligible for The Stage Awards, please make sure you familarise yourself with the criteria for each category before submitting a nomination. 

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Judges will consider a variety of factors including artistic success, innovative business practices, outreach work and financial resilience. The awards focus on work from December 2019 to November 2020.

 

All categories this year will also take into account how organisations have responded to the coronavirus and lockdown. Where appropriate, submissions should include information illustrating how you have continued to engage with audiences (both digitally and live), as well as how you have managed to sustain community and outreach work. They should also include data illustrating to what extent they have continued to employ staff and engage freelance practitioners.

 

Submit a nomination here

 

The public nomination process is available to subscribers to The Stage only.

 

You must be logged into The Stage website to submit your detailed entry. Click here to access the nomination form.

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.

London Theatre of the Year

The top theatre in the capital over the past 12 months. Any venue based in Greater London is eligible.

Fringe Theatre of the Year

Small-scale theatres across the UK that do not receive regular core government funding are eligible.

Producer of the Year

Any producer or production-company – of any scale, subsidised or commercial – is eligible.

Theatre Building of the Year

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. For 2020, judges will also consider existing buildings that have undergone significant adaptations to make them Covid-safe.

Innovation Award

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.

International Award

Any type of theatrical organisation (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.

Achievement in Technical Theatre

This award recognises individuals or teams who have excelled within their field of technical theatre over 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 on live performances or digital theatre productions 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.

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Eligibility

The Stage Awards have an open nominations process that runs in the Autumn every year.

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Who can nominate?

While the judging panel and a body of industry experts will be free to recognise any/all theatre and performing arts organisations, subscribers to The Stage are invited to put forward their organisation or an organisation they admire for consideration.

 

When does the public nomination process close?

Nominations close on November 27.

 

Is there a fee to enter?

There is no fee to nominate an organisation or individual for The Stage Awards, however you must be a subscriber to The Stage to participate. To become a subscriber and submit your organisation for consideration simply take out a subscription here. Personal subscriptions start from £3.98 a month, or get access for your entire organisation for a whole year for the discounted price of £500. Simply contact subscriptions@thestage.co.uk for more information.


What are the judging criteria?

Focusing on work since December 2019, judges will consider a variety of factors including artistic excellence, response to coronavirus and lockdown, innovative business practices, outreach and community work and financial resilience. When telling us why are you are nominating an organisation/individual, you should try to back up any assertions with detailed figures, reviews and statistics. You can find the judging criteria for each category here.


What is the judging process?

Following the public nominations process, the nominees across all categories are considered at the end of November by The Stage’s judging panel, which can also submit its own nominations. There will be no shortlist this year, the winners will be announced on January 7, 2021.


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 result?

The judging panel’s decision is final.


How we choose our longlists and winners


Stage one 
In 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 winners. 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

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