Shakespeare’s Globe’s executive director Neil Constable and Sheffield Theatres’ chief executive Daniel Bates were among the winners of The Stage 100 Awards who picked up their prizes last week at The Stage’s annual party.
Bates said he accepted the award for regional theatre of the year on behalf of everyone who works at Sheffield Theatres, while Constable – who picked up the London theatre of the year prize for the Bankside venue – spoke of the success of the Globe to Globe festival over the summer and paid tribute to the 37 international theatre companies that took part.
He said: “I’d like to dedicate this award and share it with those countries that had huge problems coming to us for the Globe to Globe festival – from Afghanistan, from South Sudan – but also to our volunteers who provide our front-of-house services and also to our audience.”
Constable added: “The Globe is only 15 years old and I’m sure Sam Wanamaker, our founder and visionary, would be delighted to see the way that the Globe has grown.”
Also in its 15th year is the Union Theatre, which won the prize for fringe theatre of the year. The venue’s artistic director Sasha Regan, who accepted the award, said it was the “icing on the cake”.
She said: “I wanted to thank The Stage for the support they’ve given us since we opened our small venue in south London. I also want to thank the directors, choreographers, designers and actors who come and work in that converted warehouse in Southwark where we get to create the work we do.”
Also at the event was David MacLennan, artistic director of Glasgow’s A Play, a Pie and a Pint, which won producer of the year.
He said: “This award really belongs to the hundreds of writers, directors and actors who have made [venue] Oran Mor such a powerhouse of new writing. This year we are producing 38 new plays – many from Scotland but some from China – and we will be mounting our 300th production in nine years. I am delighted to get recognition from the province of London.”
Meanwhile, ALRA North’s director Adrian Hall, who picked up the prize for school of the year, said: “I’d like to say a massive thanks to every student who took a chance and said ‘yes’ [to enrolling with the school’s northern campus]”.
Casting director Anne McNulty and former theatre manager Chris Isherman were also in attendance to accept their Unsung Hero awards.