Sonia Friedman will defend her title as producer of the year at The Stage Awards 2016, in a category that also includes Tooting Arts Club’s Rachel Edwards.
Friedman is once again nominated for the award following her win last year , and will compete against both Edwards – who spearheaded the pop-up West End pie shop production of Sweeney Todd – and Edinburgh International Festival.
Chichester Festival Theatre is up for regional theatre of the year, competing with Northampton’s Royal and Derngate and the Royal Exchange in Manchester.
The Almeida Theatre is nominated in the London theatre category for a second year running, alongside Shakespeare’s Globe and the Barbican Theatre.
Fringe theatre of the year will be fought between two London venues – the Orange Tree Theatre and Camden People’s Theatre – and the Other Room in Cardiff.
The Stage Awards, which honour the best in British and international theatre, will be presented during a ceremony in London on January 29.
Other categories include theatre building of the year and the international award, as well as an unsung hero prize. The awards are presented in association with Robertson Taylor W&P Longreach.
The Stage Awards 
The Stage Awards 2016 shortlist in full
London Theatre of the Year sponsored by Haagen-Dazs
Fringe Theatre of the Year sponsored by Encore Insure
Camden People’s Theatre, London
Orange Tree Theatre, London
The Other Room, Cardiff
Regional Theatre of the Year sponsored by Theatre 2016
Chichester Festival Theatre
Royal and Derngate, Northampton
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Producer of the Year sponsored by John Good
Edinburgh International Festival
International Award sponsored by Ambassador Theatre Group
Good Chance Theatre, Calais
Greenwich and Docklands International Festival
War Horse China
School of the Year sponsored by Digital Theatre Plus
Arts Educational School, London
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
University of Warwick School of Theatre
Theatre Building of the Year sponsored by ABTT and Richard Pilbrow
King’s Cross Theatre, London
NT Future, London
Wilton’s Music Hall, London