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Access Entertainment returns as headline sponsor of The Stage Debut Awards

Access Entertainment president Danny Cohen and his wife Noreena Hertz at last year's The Stage Debut Awards. Photo: Alex Brenner Access Entertainment president Danny Cohen and his wife Noreena Hertz at last year's The Stage Debut Awards. Photo: Alex Brenner
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Leonard Blavatnik’s Access Entertainment is to be the headline sponsor of The Stage Debut Awards for a second year.

The awards, which have run since 2017, celebrate emerging talent in theatre, from actors, writers and directors to designers and composers, all of whom have made their professional debuts in the past year.

This year, there are two new categories –one for best creative West End debut, which covers designers, directors, writers and composers, and a second for child performers.

Access Entertainment will be the headline sponsor for the 2019 awards, which take place on September 15 at the Brewery in London. Nominees will be announced on August 8.

The Stage commercial director Simon Hassell said: “We are thrilled to once again partner with Access Entertainment. Its generosity in supporting emerging talent within the performing arts is both admirable and deeply appreciated by The Stage and the wider industry. We are all looking forward to another brilliant night showcasing the UK’s fabulous emerging talent.”

Danny Cohen, president of Access Entertainment, said: “Access Entertainment is delighted to continue its support for The Stage Debut Awards as part of our ongoing commitment to nurturing new talent across the creative industries.”

Access Entertainment purchased the Theatre Royal Haymarket last year.

Leonard Blavatnik completes £45m purchase of Theatre Royal Haymarket

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