The Stage Debut Awards

19:00 - 19:45
Online event

The Stage Debut Awards, in association with Access Entertainment, are the only awards to recognise breakthrough theatre talent. They celebrate emerging actors and creatives, from all backgrounds.

 

 

Lockdown couldn’t stop us from championing emerging talent: we went digital to celebrate and support theatremakers who are starting out in theatre during these difficult times.

 

This year, we were excited to host everyone at our prestigious awards ceremony with a free online event. The awards were streamed here on The Stage website, The Stage Facebook page and on Scenesaver on Sunday, September 27 at 7pm.

 

The awards ceremony celebrates some of the most exciting emerging theatremakers in our industry right now. In case you missed it, you can still watch the ceremony in full below:

 

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Nominations for the 2021 awards are now open. Nominate debut performers, directors, writers, composers and designers in the productions you’re involved in by completing this survey.

 

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I love The Stage Debut Awards. It feels both genuinely celebratory and useful to recognise people’s talent at the start of their careers. There are plenty of awards which heap praise on the already successful, but The Stage Debut Awards are unique in giving a helping hand to those joining the profession. It has been a privilege to be part of the team helping to select the winners

Lyn Gardner, Associate Editor

News 1

The Stage Debut Awards 2020 winners

Winners include Dear Evan Hansen's Sam Tutty, writer Temi Wilkey for The High Table and Les Les Misérables' Shan Ako. Read the full article here.

 

News 2

Miriam-Teak Lee to host The Stage Debut Awards 2020

& Juliet star Miriam-Teak Lee has been announced as the host of The Stage Debut Awards 2020. Read the full article here.

 

 

News 3

Shortlist announced for The Stage Debut Awards 2020

Wendell Pierce, Robbie Williams, Samantha Pauly, Daniel Monks and David Mitchell are among the talent nominated for the awards this year. Read the full article here.

 

News 4

The Stage Debut Awards is back!
The Stage Debut Awards in association with Access Entertainment will return in September 2020 as a virtual ceremony. Read the full article here.

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Nominees and winners 2020

Nominees and winners 2020

Best Performer in a Play

Sponsored by Audible

WINNERS:

Daniel Monks for Teenage Dick at the Donmar Warehouse, London

Rachel Nwokoro for Little Baby Jesus at the Orange Tree Theatre, London

Also shortlisted:

Saida Ahmed for Little Miss Burden at the Bunker, London
Katie Erich for Oliver Twist at Leeds Playhouse (in a co-production with Ramps on the Moon)
Brooklyn Melvin for Oliver Twist at Leeds Playhouse (in a co-production with Ramps on the Moon)
Jessica Rhodes for The Sugar Syndrome at the Orange Tree Theatre, London
Khai Shaw for Little Baby Jesus at the Orange Tree Theatre, London
Bobby Stallwood for Faith, Hope and Charity at the National Theatre, London

Best Performer in a Musical 2020

Best Performer in a Musical

WINNERS:

Shan Ako for Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre, London

Sam Tutty for Dear Evan Hansen at the Noël Coward Theatre, London

Also shortlisted:

Lucy Anderson for Dear Evan Hansen at the Noël Coward Theatre, London
Chase Brown for Mame at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
Oli Higginson for The Last Five Years at the Southwark Playhouse, London
Adriana Ivelisse for West Side Story at Curve, Leicester
Tom Noyes for Preludes at the Southwark Playhouse, London
Bethany Tennick for Islander at the Southwark Playhouse, London

Best Director 2020

Best Director

Sponsored by Smith & Williamson

WINNER: Martha Kiss Perrone for When It Breaks It Burns at the Battersea Arts Centre, London

Also shortlisted:

Georgia Green for The Mikvah Project at the Orange Tree Theatre, London
Alex Sutton for Preludes at the Southwark Playhouse, London

Best Designer 2020

Best Designer

Sponsored by Robe Lighting

WINNER: Rose Revitt (set and costume) for Dr Korczak’s Example at Leeds Playhouse

Also shortlisted:

Liam Bunster (set and costume) for The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare’s Globe, London
Andrew Exeter (lighting) for High Fidelity at the Turbine Theatre, London

Best Composer or Lyricist 2020

Best Composer or Lyricist

WINNER: Jim Barne and Kit Buchan for The Season at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Also shortlisted:

Jherek Bischoff for The Ocean at the End of the Lane at the National Theatre, London
Robbie Williams for The Boy in the Dress at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon

Best Writer 2020

Best Writer

WINNER: Temi Wilkey for The High Table at the Bush Theatre, London (in a co-production with Birmingham Rep)

Also shortlisted:

Samuel Bailey for Shook at the Southwark Playhouse, London
Mari Izzard for Hela at The Other Room, Cardiff
Eleanor Tindall for Before I Was a Bear at The Bunker, London

Best West End Debut Performer 2020

Best West End Debut Performer

sponsored by Trafalgar Entertainment

WINNER: Sam Tutty for Dear Evan Hansen at the Noël Coward Theatre

Also shortlisted:

Shan Ako for Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre
David Mitchell for The Upstart Crow at the Gielgud Theatre
Daniel Monks for Teenage Dick at the Donmar Warehouse
Samantha Pauly for Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Wendell Pierce for Death of a Salesman at the Piccadilly Theatre

Aimee Lou Wood for Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Best Creative West End Debut 2020

Best Creative West End Debut

sponsored by the Noël Coward Foundation

WINNER: Femi Temowo (composer) for Death of a Salesman at the Piccadilly Theatre and for Three Sisters at the National Theatre

Also shortlisted:

Fabian Aloise (choreographer) for Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Nadia Latif (director) for Fairview at the Young Vic Theatre
Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Steven Levenson (composer, lyricist & book) for Dear Evan Hansen at the Noël Coward Theatre
David West Read (book) for & Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre

Nominees and winners 2019

Nominees and winners 2019

Best Actress in a Play

Sponsored by Audible

WINNER: Lauren O’Leary for The Awkward Years at the Other Room, Cardiff

Also shortlisted:

Liv Hill for Top Girls at the National Theatre, London
Urielle Klein-Mekongo for Yvette at the Bush Theatre, London
Bea Webster for Mother Courage at the Albion Electric Warehouse, Leeds

Best Actor in a Play 2019

Best Actor in a Play

Sponsored by Audible

WINNER: Jamal Ajala for Ear for Eye at the Royal Court, London

Also shortlisted:

Stuart Campbell for The Hunt at the Almeida Theatre, London

Patrick Gibson for Sweat at the Donmar Warehouse and Gielgud Theatre, London

Ivan Oyik for Blue/Orange at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham

Best Actress in a Musical 2019

Best Actress in a Musical

Sponsored by Really Useful Group

WINNER: Danielle Fiamanya for The Color Purple at Curve, Leicester and Birmingham Hippodrome

Also shortlisted:

Georgina Ambrey for The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Maiya Quansah-Breed for Six at the Arts Theatre, London

Jarneia Richard-Noel for Six at the Arts Theatre, London

Best Actor in a Musical 2019

Best Actor in a Musical

Sponsored by Encore Radio

WINNER: Adam Hugill for Standing at the Sky’s Edge at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Also shortlisted:

Ryan Hutton for Only Fools and Horses the Musical at Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Jac Yarrow for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium, London

Best Director 2019

Best Director

Sponsored by Smith & Williamson

WINNER: Atri Banerjee for Hobson’s Choice at the Royal Exchange, Manchester

Also shortlisted:

Tyrone Huntley for Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Jade Lewis for Superhoe at the Royal Court, London

Tom Scutt for Berberian Sound Studio at the Donmar Warehouse, London

Best Designer 2019

Best Designer

Sponsored by Robe Lighting

WINNER: Evie Gurney for Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre, London, and The Hunt at the Almeida Theatre, London

Also shortlisted:

Abby Clarke for Beauty and the Beast at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Maxwell Nicholson-Lailey for Huddle at the Unicorn Theatre, London

Best Composer or Lyricist 2019

Best Composer or Lyricist

Sponsored by Trafalgar Entertainment Group

WINNER: David Cumming, Felix Hagan, Natasha Hodgson and Zoe Roberts for Operation Mincemeat at the New Diorama Theatre, London

Also shortlisted:

Oran Eldor and Marcus Stevens for Mythic the Musical at the Charing Cross Theatre, London

Anaïs Mitchell for Hadestown at the National Theatre, London

Femi Temowo for Death of a Salesman at the Young Vic, London

Best writer 2019

Best Writer

Sponsored by Sonia Friedman Productions

WINNER: Jasmine Lee-Jones for Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner at the Royal Court, London

Also shortlisted:

Nicôle Lecky for Superhoe at the Royal Court, London

Holly Robinson for Soft Animals at Soho Theatre, London

Ross Willis for Wolfie at Theatre503, London

Joe Allen Best West End Debut 2019

The Joe Allen Best West End Debut

WINNER: Jac Yarrow for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium

Also shortlisted:

Matthew Broderick for The Starry Messenger at Wyndham’s Theatre

Andrew Burnap for The Inheritance at the Noël Coward Theatre

Nathanael Campbell for Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre

Saffron Coomber for Emilia at the Vaudeville Theatre

Sarah Gordy for Jellyfish at the National Theatre

Ryan Hutton for Only Fools and Horses the Musical at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Samuel H Levine for The Inheritance at the Noël Coward Theatre

Pericles community cast for Pericles at the National Theatre

Christie Prades for On Your Feet at the London Coliseum

Best Creative West End Debut 2019

Best Creative West End Debut

Sponsored by Noël Coward Foundation

WINNER: Frankie Bradshaw (designer) and Lynette Linton (director) for Sweat at Donmar Warehouse and the Gielgud Theatre

Also shortlisted:

Arinzé Kene for Misty at Trafalgar Studios

Matthew Lopez for The Inheritance at the Noël Coward Theatre

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm for Emilia at the Vaudeville Theatre

Irene Sankoff and David Hein for Come from Away at the Phoenix Theatre

Child Performer of the Year 2019

Child Performer of the Year

Sponsored by Stagecoach

WINNER: Taya Tower for The Hunt at the Almeida Theatre, London

Also shortlisted:

Caelan Edie for The Bodyguard at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow and tour

Jack Meredith for Caroline, Or Change at the Playhouse Theatre, London

Clara Read for The Wild Duck at the Almeida Theatre, London

Nominees and winners 2018

Nominees and winners 2018

Best Actress in a Play

Sponsored by Audible

WINNER: Gemma Dobson for Rita, Sue and Bob Too at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Also shortlisted:

Kitty Archer for One for Sorrow at the Royal Court, London

Lorna Fitzgerald for The Shadow Factory at NST City, Southampton

Grainne O’Mahony for The Elephant Man at Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Best Actor in a Play 2018

Best Actor in a Play

Sponsored by Audible

WINNER: Akshay Sharan for The Reluctant Fundamentalist at the Yard Theatre, London

Also shortlisted:

Seb Carrington for Summer and Smoke at the Almeida Theatre, London

Chris Walley for The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Noel Coward Theatre, London

Alex Wilson for The Elephant Man at Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Best Actress in a Musical 2018

Best Actress in a Musical

Sponsored by R&H Theatricals Europe

WINNER: Amara Okereke for Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, London

Also shortlisted:

Teleri Hughes for Spring Awakening at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Eleanor Kane for Fun Home at the Young Vic, London

Rebecca Mendoza for Hairspray, on tour

Best Actor in a Musical 2018

Best Actor in a Musical

Sponsored by Encore Radio

WINNER: Louis Gaunt for Oklahoma! at Grange Park Opera, West Horsley

Also shortlisted:

Will Carey for It’s Only Life at the Union Theatre, London

Toby Miles for Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, London

Simon Oskarsson for Return to the Forbidden Planet at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Best Designer 2018

Best Designer

Sponsored by Robe Lighting

WINNER: Khadija Raza for Hijabi Monologues, Spun, and Mixtape, at the Bush Theatre, London, the Arcola Theatre, London and the Royal Exchange, Manchester

Also shortlisted:

Basia Binkowska for Devil with the Blue Dress at the Bunker Theatre, London

Fin Redshaw for Pieces of String and Love Me Now at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester and the Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Jasmine Swan for Hyem, The Passing of the Third Floor Back, Hanna and The Sleeper at Theatre503, London, the Finborough Theatre, London, the Arcola Theatre, London

Best Director 2018

Best Director

Sponsored by Smith & Williamson

WINNER: Katy Rudd for The Almighty Sometimes at the Royal Exchange, Manchester

Also shortlisted:

Iwan Lewis for One Minute at the Barn Theatre, Cirencester

Alexandra Moxon for Wreck at Nottingham Playhouse

Oscar Pearce for Great Apes at the Arcola Theatre, London

Best Composer or Lyricist 2018

Best Composer or Lyricist

Sponsored by Trafalgar Entertainment Group

WINNER: Gus Gowland for Pieces of String at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Also shortlisted:

Kate Marlais for Abandon at the Lyric Hammersmith, London

Matt Winkworth for The Assassination of Katie Hopkins at Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Best Writer 2018

Best Writer

Sponsored by InterTalent Rights Group

WINNER: Andrew Thompson for In Event of Moone Disaster at Theatre503, London

Also shortlisted:

Georgia Christou for Yous Two at Hampstead Theatre, London

Kendall Feaver for The Almighty Sometimes at the Royal Exchange, Manchester

Natasha Gordon for Nine Night at the National Theatre, London

Joe White for Mayfly at the Orange Tree Theatre, London

Joe Allen Best West End Debut 2018

The Joe Allen Best West End Debut

WINNER: Aidan Turner for The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Noel Coward Theatre

Mohammad Amiri for The Jungle at the Playhouse Theatre

Ashley Banjo for Dick Whittington at the London Palladium

Bryan Cranston for Network at the National Theatre

Michelle Greenidge for Nine Night at the National Theatre

John McCrea for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre

Kelli O’Hara for The King and I at the London Palladium

Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy for The Jungle at the Playhouse Theatre

Lucie Shorthouse for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre

Adrienne Warren for Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre

Nominees and winners 2017

Nominees and winners 2017

Best Actress in a Play

Sponsored by Pauline Quirke Academy

WINNER: Grace Moloney for The Country Girls at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Anya Chalotra for Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Kellan Frankland for The House of Bernarda Alba at the Royal Exchange, Manchester

Jess Peet for Alice in Wonderland at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Best Actor in a Play 2017

Best Actor in a Play

WINNER: Abraham Popoola for Othello at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Jack Archer for Nivelli’s War at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast

TJ Jones for The Seven Acts of Mercy at the Swan Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company

Kenneth Omole for Assata Taught Me at the Gate Theatre, London

Best Actress in a Musical 2017

Best Actress in a Musical

Sponsored by The Other Palace

WINNER: Miriam-Teak Lee for On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London

Chloe Carrington for Hair at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Emily Hughes for Fiddler on the Roof at Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Siena Kelly for On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London

Best Actor in a Musical 2017

Best Actor in a Musical

Sponsored by Encore Radio

WINNER: Samuel Thomas for Allegro at Southwark Playhouse, London

Adam J Bernard for Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre, London

Ben Hunter for The Girls at the Phoenix Theatre, London

Daniel Urch for 110 in the Shade at Ye Olde Rose and Crown, London

Best Composer 2017

Best Composer

Sponsored by Trafalgar Entertainment Group

WINNER: Dan Gillespie Sells for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Jonah Brody for Removal Men and This Beautiful Future at the Yard, London

Ruth Chan for Snow in Midsummer at the Swan Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon

MJ Harding for Removal Men at the Yard, London

Stephen Jackson for Roller Diner at the Soho Theatre, London

Best Director 2017

Best Director

Sponsored by See Tickets

WINNER: Lekan Lawal for Betrayal at Derby Theatre, Derby

Sean Aydon for Richard III at the Rosemary Branch, London

Alexander Lass for 46 Beacon at Trafalgar Studios 2, London

Lynette Linton for Assata Taught Me at the Gate Theatre, London

Best Designer 2017

Best Designer

Sponsored by Robe Lighting

WINNER: Rosie Elnile for The Convert at the Gate Theatre, London

Joshua Gadsby for Dreamplay at the Vaults, London and Still Ill at the New Diorama, London

Simon Spencer for The Tempest at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon

Jessica Staton for Extra Yarn at the Orange Tree Theatre, London

Best Writer 2017

Best Writer

WINNER: Katherine Soper for Wish List at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, and Royal Court Theatre, London

Titas Halder for Run the Beast Down at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury and Finborough Theatre, London

Asif Khan for Combustion at Tara Arts, London

Victoria Willing for Spring Offensive at the Clapham Omnibus, London

Joe Allen Best West End Debut 2017

The Joe Allen Best West End Debut

WINNER: Andrew Polec for Bat Out of Hell at the London Coliseum

John Boyega for Woyzeck at the Old Vic

Anthony Boyle for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre

Andy Karl for Groundhog Day at the Old Vic

Audra McDonald for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill at Wyndhams Theatre

Imogen Poots for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Amber Riley for Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre

Charlie Stemp for Half a Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre

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About our sponsors

The Stage Debut Awards, in association with Access Entertainment, 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

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Access Entertainment

Access Entertainment
headline sponsor

Launched in 2016, Access Entertainment is a division of Sir Leonard Blavatnik's Access Industries, focused on investments across the entertainment sector with a concentration in premium-quality theatre, television, feature films and digital content. It is led by Danny Cohen, the former Director of BBC Television. In 2018 Access Entertainment acquired the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Access has invested many millions in theatre around the world including the award-winning Hamilton, Tom Stoppard's Leopoldstadt, Emilia, To Kill A Mockingbird and School of Rock. Other investments span television production companies, independent film and online content creators.

Audible

Audible
sponsor of Best Performer in a Play

Audible is a listening destination that offers insight and inspiration to millions of listeners and is the world’s leading audio and spoken-word media service. Audible’s theatre initiative delivers language-driven storytelling and captivating performances on stage and in audio. In New York, Audible has produced Harry Clarke by David Cale starring Billy Crudup, Girls & Boys by Dennis Kelly starring Carey Mulligan, Patti Smith: Words and Music, and many others. In audio, Audible has produced True West starring Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn, The Diary of a Hounslow Girl and Iphigenia in Splott. In 2017, Audible launched a five million-dollar Emerging Playwrights Fund that identifies, nurtures and invests in emerging playwrights, making their works available to millions of listeners around the world. Proof of Love is the inaugural stage production from the Emerging Playwrights Fund.

Smith & Williamson

Smith & Williamson
sponsor of Best Director

Smith & Williamson is uniquely placed in the theatre industry to offer tax, accounting, financial planning and investment management services to both private individuals and corporates. In addition to being a Top 10 Accountancy practice*, our investment management business has around £19.4bn of funds under management and advice**. We understand that being in the world of theatre your day-to-day focus is on what you are passionate about, your work. However, it is essential that your financial affairs are well managed and arranged to your greatest advantage. The value of investments can go down as well as up and investors may not receive back the original amount invested. Smith & Williamson LLP regulated by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales for a range of investment business activities. A member of Nexia International. Smith & Williamson Investment Management LLP authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate all services referred to in this document. © Smith & Williamson Holdings Limited 2020. *Accountancy Age 2019 and **Smith & Williamson Investment Management as at 31/03/20.

Trafalgar Entertainment

Trafalgar Entertainment
sponsor of Best West End Debut Performer

Trafalgar Entertainment is a live entertainment business and home to Trafalgar Studios, Trafalgar Theatre Productions, Trafalgar Releasing (formerly Picturehouse Entertainment) and Stagecoach Performing Arts. It is the latest venture from Sir Howard Panter and Dame Rosemary Squire OBE – two of the most influential entertainment entrepreneurs of the last 20 years. The production arm of the company, Trafalgar Theatre Productions, is producing a group of new shows and classic musicals in London and internationally. Trafalgar Entertainment has a particular interest in nurturing new creative talent and is delighted to be supporting this event.

Robe

Robe Lighting
sponsor of Best Designer

Robe Lighting is based in the Czech Republic and manufactures innovative stage lighting products for the entertainment industry. Now established at the top of the touring market, in recent years they have turned their attention to products specifically for theatre. Incorporating detailed feedback from lighting designers and operators across the sector, their flagship DL4 and DL7 series LED luminaires are now regularly specified across the world. The company continues to focus on designing and producing well-engineered products in Europe to meet the creative, technical and practical demands of a wide range of users. Sales, training and service is provided through offices in the UK, US, France, Germany, Singapore and Dubai and a network of dealers in 76 countries.

Noel Coward

Noël Coward Foundation
sponsor of Best Creative West End Debut

One hundred years ago, Noёl Coward debuted as a playwright in the West End at the age of twenty, and was hailed as a significant new talent. Throughout his life, Coward took an interest in and mentored up-and-coming artists across the industry, so to mark this centenary The Noёl Coward Foundation is celebrating today’s emerging theatre-makers by sponsoring this award in his name.

The Noël Coward Foundation was set up in 2000 and awards grants to education and development projects across the Arts while also continues the keen interest Coward himself took in charitable work during his lifetime. The Foundation is proud to support a diverse range of outstanding organisations working in theatre, music, playwriting, academic research and many other areas.

Scenesaver

Scenesaver
supporter of The Stage Debut Awards

The Stage Debut Awards online ceremony will also be available to watch on Scenesaver on Sunday, September 27.

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Eligibility

The Stage Debut Awards, in association with Access Entertainment, celebrate debut performers and creatives across a range of categories.

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Definition of debut: first professional appearance in a named role in a production reviewed by The Stage (previous appearances in ensemble roles or as an understudy do not disqualify you from consideration).

Nominations for the 2021 awards are now open. Nominate debut performers, directors, writers, composers and designers in the productions you’re involved in by completing this survey.

 

Eligibility

 

To be eligible for The Stage Debut Awards 2021 you must meet the following conditions:

  • Nominees for all categories must be 16 years old or over.
  • Nominees’ debuts must have been reviewed by The Stage.
  • Child actors who have since become 16 years old or over are eligible for their first eligible debut as an adult.
  • Nominees must have made their debuts in the UK.
  • Debuts in shows during Edinburgh Festival Fringe will not be considered for these awards, but are eligible for The Stage Edinburgh Awards. Prior appearances at Edinburgh Fringe do not disqualify you from eligibility for The Stage Debut Awards.
  • Actors and creatives who have previously worked in other media, e.g. TV and film, are eligible.
  • Nominees can be of any nationality.
  • The Best West End Debut Performer category covers all West End performance debuts. West End is defined as SOLT theatres.
  • The Best Creative West End Debut category covers composers, lyricists, writers, directors and designers. West End is defined as SOLT theatres.
  • Anyone who has made a debut and is performing on stage between August 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021 can be nominated.
  • For any queries on eligibility please contact The Stage reviews editor, natasha[@]thestage.co.uk.

The Stage’s decision is final.

Judging Process

 

1. The Stage Critics
The Stage’s nationwide network of reviewers will identify actors and creatives making their debuts and put forward recommendations. People making their debut, agents and the general public can also nominate.

 

2. Expert Advisors
Representatives from across the UK are sent the critics’ longlist and asked for their input.

Final decisions on both the shortlist and winners will be taken by our judging panel.

 

3. Judging Panel
Baz Bamigboye

Tim Bano
Lyn Gardner
Sam Marlowe
Bridget Minamore
Alistair Smith
Natasha Tripney
The judging panel will assess all categories and provide a shortlist. They will decide a winner in all categories except the Best West End Debut Performer award.

 

4. The Public Vote
The Best West End Debut Performer is the only category that is determined by a public vote.

 

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Photos from The Stage Debut Awards 2019

Photos: Alex Brenner

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