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Sonia Friedman and Bridget Christie win at Hospital Club awards

Sonia Friedman, who is one of the theatre winners at this year's Hospital Club awards. Photo: Eliza Power.
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Comedian Bridget Christie, English National Opera artistic director John Berry and producer Sonia Friedman are among the 10 winners in the Hospital Club awards’ theatre category.

The hClub100 celebrates the “most innovative and inspirational people working across the creative industries”.

It honours people working in 10 areas, including broadcasting, writing and publishing, and theatre.

Alongside Christie, Berry and Friedman, this year’s 10 theatre winners also include:

Young Vic artistic director David Lan

National Theatre Wales artistic director John McGrath

Designers Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer, from 59 Productions

Playwright Lucy Kirkwood

Almeida Theatre associate director Robert Icke

English National Ballet artistic director Tamara Rojo

Playful Productions associate producer Georgia Gatti

Gatti was chosen by members of the public, from a shortlist that also included choreographer Drew McOnie, director Blanche McIntyre and Jez Bond, artistic director at the Park Theatre.

The other nine winners were selected by a panel of judges, including The Stage editor Alistair Smith, Nimax chief executive Nica Burns and Nicola Thorold, executive producer at the Roundhouse.

Smith said the last year had seen “leading figures from across the performing arts operating at the very top of their games”.

“It will also be remembered as the year when theatre finally got its hands on the same tax reliefs as other creative sectors like TV drama, film and computer games – something that should help ensure that the quality product continues in future years,” he added.

The winners of the broadcast section included Pippa Harris, a producer at Neal Street Productions, and actor Martin Freeman. Producer Nicola Shindler, from Red Productions, which makes series such as Scott and Bailey, also won.

The winners were announced today at a ceremony in London.

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