Sheffield Theatres, sound designers Ben and Max Ringham and Theatre Royal Stratford East are among the nominees for The Stage Awards 2020 in association with Integro Insurance Brokers Ltd.
The 2020 awards include a new category for achievement in technical theatre, sponsored by lighting solutions provider ETC, which recognises work that has gone on behind the scenes in performance spaces across the UK.
Nominations in this category include the Young Vic production team for putting on scratch performances of Death of a Salesman following the Piccadilly Theatre ceiling collapse, Sheffield Theatres’ creative and production team for its work on Life of Pi, and Ben and Max Ringham and the team at the National Theatre for Anna.
In the venue categories, Derby Theatre, Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre and Sheffield Theatres are shortlisted for regional theatre of the year, sponsored by Berkley Executive Ltd.
Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, Theatre Royal Stratford East and the London Palladium are all nominated for the first time since the awards launched 10 years ago in the London theatre of the year category, sponsored by performing arts school LMA.
A marketing campaign for West End musical & Juliet, recreating iconic pop magazine Smash Hits, the work of Artistic Directors of the Future to diversify theatre boards and Immersive LDN’s work to provide a new hub for immersive theatre in the capital were all recognised in the innovation category.
Editor of The Stage Alistair Smith said: “Yet again we have a wonderful shortlist that celebrates the astonishing and varied achievements of theatremakers across the UK and beyond.
“Our nominees range from one of London’s largest, grandest and most historic theatres, the London Palladium, to the 75-seat Alphabetti Theatre in Newcastle, which is only seven years old.
“There is excellence and innovation running throughout our shortlist – from the imaginative marketing campaign of new West End musical & Juliet to the daring and controversial work of Swiss director Milo Rau.”
Taking place at London’s Royal Opera House on January 31, the annual awards celebrate the achievements of theatres and individuals across the UK over the past year.
The Stage Awards, in association with Integro Insurance Brokers Ltd, are judged by The Stage’s senior editorial team, following consultation with leading figures in the theatre industry and a public nomination process.