Nottingham Playhouse, Sonia Friedman and the Young Vic are among the nominees for The Stage Awards 2019 in association with Integro Insurance Brokers Ltd.
Spotlight and the National Theatre’s video casting database for D/deaf and disabled actors and a sustainability initiative from the Arts Council and charity Julie’s Bicycle have also been recognised in the shortlist.
The annual awards celebrate the achievements of theatres and individuals across the UK over the past year.
In the venue categories, the Almeida, Bush and Young Vic theatres are competing for London theatre of the year.
Nottingham Playhouse has received its first ever nomination for regional theatre of the year, up against Manchester’s Royal Exchange and Theatr Clwyd in Mold, another first-time nominee, which recently announced a West End transfer for its co-production of Home, I’m Darling starring Katherine Parkinson.
Vault Festival and the Omnibus Theatre in London and Cirencester’s Barn Theatre received nods in the regional category.
Friedman has been nominated for producer of the year, having previously won the category three times, and is up for productions including The Jungle, The Inheritance and Summer and Smoke. Also nominated in the category are Barber Shop Chronicles producer Fuel Theatre and Fiery Angel, which produced Long Day’s Journey Into Night with Lesley Manville and Jeremy Irons.
Alistair Smith, editor of The Stage and chair of the judging panel, said: “In the year in which both the Manchester Theatre Awards and Wales Theatre Awards have announced their closures, I am proud that The Stage Awards continue to celebrate the achievements of performing arts organisations from across the UK – including organisations from both Manchester and Wales.”
He added: “Our Innovation Award shortlist demonstrates the fantastic ways that performing arts organisations are using creative practices to ensure theatre remains accessible to all: the Difference Engine by providing a cost-effective solution to subtitling performances, the New Diorama programming model by supporting emerging theatre companies and ProFile by giving a bigger platform to D/deaf and disabled actors.”
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.
The winners will be announced on January 25, 2019 at a ceremony at the Bridge Theatre in London.