The Stage Debut Awards 2018
in association with Access Entertainment
 

The Stage Debut Awards, in association with Access Entertainment, are the only awards to recognise breakthrough theatre talent. They celebrate emerging actors and creatives, from all backgrounds.

"These awards have the power to change everything for the recipients and accelerate their careers." David Grindrod, casting director

The Stage Debut Awards 2018 ceremony, in association with Access Entertainment, will be held on September 23, 2018.

For all the latest The Stage Debut Awards news visit thestage.co.uk

1. The Stage critics 

The Stage's nationwide network of reviewers will identify actors and creatives making their debuts and put forward recommendations. People making their debut, agents and the general public can also nominate.

2. Expert advisors

The Stage approached more than 30 experts from across the UK theatre industry for their suggestions on potential nominees. Those that offered suggestions for consideration were:

CATEGORIES
ELIGIBILITY
Definition of debut: first professional appearance in a named role (previous appearances in ensemble roles or as an understudy do not disqualify you from consideration).


To be eligible for The Stage Debut Awards 2018, in association with Access Entertainment, you must meet the following conditions:


  • Anyone who has made their theatre debut between August 1, 2017 and July 31, 2018 is eligible for nomination.
  • Nominees must be 16 years old and over.
  • Nominees' debuts must have been reviewed by The Stage.
  • The first performance reviewed by The Stage of a child actor returning to perform after the age of 16 is eligible.
  • Nominees must make their debuts in the UK.
  • Debuts in shows during Edinburgh Festival Fringe will not be considered for these awards, but are eligible for The Stage Edinburgh Awards. Prior appearances at Edinburgh Fringe do not disqualify you from eligibility for The Stage Debut Awards.
  • Actors and creatives who have previously worked in other media, e.g. TV and film, are eligible.
  • Nominees can be of any nationality.
  • The Joe Allen Best West End Debut category covers all West End debuts including performers, composers, writers, directors and designers. West End is defined as SOLT theatres.

For any queries on eligibility please contact Natasha Tripney, natasha[@]thestage.co.uk.

The Stage's decision is final.

2018 TIMELINE

August 1, 2017  to July 31, 2018

The general public and The Stage critics submit recommendations for nominees.

June 2018

Expert advisors from throughout the UK input on longlist

September 23, 2018

Winners announced at The Stage Debut Awards ceremony

End of July 2018

Judging panel meets.

August 16, 2018

Shortlist announced and the Joe Allen Best West End Debut category opens to public vote.

2018 shortlist

The Stage Debut Awards is part of The Stage Supports, a series of groundbreaking interventions launched by The Stage with a range of industry partners, all with one aim: to nurture on and offstage talent in theatre and the performing arts.



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The awards are part of The Stage Supports – dedicated to nurturing, celebrating and sustaining talent in the performing arts. 
CONTACT US

If you have any other questions about The Stage Debut Awards or The Stage Supports please email  marketing[@]thestage.co.uk.

Press

For any press enquiries relating to The Stage Debut Awards email head of marketing, 
Rachel Scott on rachel[@]thestage.co.uk.

THE STAGE SUPPORTS 
Ambassadors
THE STAGE SUPPORTS AMBASSADORS

 

The Stage Supports has key ambassadors, who offer experience and insight from all areas of the performing arts.

Noma Dumezweni

Olivier award-winning actor

“I am very much looking forward to celebrating the next generation of actors at The Stage Debut Awards later this year."

Michael Grandage

Olivier and Tony-winning director 

“I am excited to join The Stage Supports, so we can work together to support even more young people to thrive in our industry."

David Grindrod

Casting director for Matilda and School of Rock

“The Debut Awards have the power to change everything for the recipients and accelerate their careers."

Preeya Kalidas

Actor: currently starring in School of Rock 

“The Stage Supports has initiatives that support and grow you as an actress and can really make a difference to your career."

Find out more about The Stage Supports

2018 SPONSORS

 

JUDGING PROCESS


4. The public vote

The West End debut shortlist will be decided by the judging panel. The shortlist will then be put to a public vote.

Alan Lane, Slung Low
Danielle Tarento, producer
David Byrne, New Diorama
David Harrison
Fiona Watt, Society of British Theatre Designers
Hannah Miller, Royal Shakespeare Company
Paule Constable, designer

Pippa Allion, casting director
Rachel O'Riordan, Sherman Theatre
Richard Jordan, producer
Sam Hodges, Nuffield Southampton Theatres
Stuart Piper, InterTalent Rights Group
Tom Piper, designer
Wendy Spon, casting director

3. Judging panel

Final decisions on both the shortlist and winners will be taken by our judging panel:

Natasha Tripney ⚬ Mark Shenton Lyn Gardner  Tim Bano
 Sam Marlowe ⚬ Bridget Minamore  Alistair Smith


Best Actress in a Play
sponsored by Audible

Best Actor in a Play
sponsored by Audible


Best Actor in a Musical
sponsored by Encore Radio


Best Actress in a Musical
sponsored by R&H Theatricals Europe


Best Director
sponsored by Smith & Williamson


Best Designer
sponsored by Robe Lighting


Best Composer or Lyricist
sponsored by Trafalgar Entertainment Group


Best Writer
sponsored by InterTalent Rights Group

The Joe Allen Best West End Debut



GET INVOLVED
Nominate
Nominate debut performers, directors, writers, composers and designers in the productions you’re involved in.
Nominations for The Stage Debut Awards 2018 have now closed. Nominations for the 2019 awards will reopen in October.

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Could you be an ambassador for the awards? Want to be one of the expert advisers who consult on the longlist? If you have ideas and think your skills could benefit The Stage Debut Awards, in association with Access Entertainment, we would love to hear from you.

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Call: 020 7939 8468

 

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WINNERS AND NOMINEES 2017

Best Actor in a Play

WINNER: Abraham Popoola for Othello at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Jack Archer for Nivelli’s War at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast

TJ Jones for The Seven Acts of Mercy at the Swan Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company

Kenneth Omole for Assata Taught Me at the Gate Theatre, London

Best Actress in a Play 

Sponsored by Pauline Quirke Academy at PQA Studios London

WINNER: Grace Molony for The Country Girls at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Anya Chalotra for Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Kellan Frankland for The House of Bernarda Alba at the Royal Exchange, Manchester

Jess Peet for Alice in Wonderland at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Best Actor in a Musical

Sponsored by Encore Radio

WINNER: Samuel Thomas for Allegro at Southwark Playhouse, London

Adam J Bernard for Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre, London

Ben Hunter for The Girls at the Phoenix Theatre, London

Daniel Urch for 110 in the Shade at Ye Olde Rose and Crown, London

Best Actress in a Musical

Sponsored by The Other Palace

WINNER: Miriam-Teak Lee for On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London

Chloe Carrington for Hair at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Emily Hughes for Fiddler on the Roof at Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Siena Kelly for On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London

Best Composer

Sponsored by Trafalgar Entertainment Group

WINNER: Dan Gillespie Sells for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Jonah Brody for Removal Men and This Beautiful Future at the Yard, London

Ruth Chan for Snow in Midsummer at the Swan Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon

MJ Harding for Removal Men at the Yard, London

Stephen Jackson for Roller Diner at the Soho Theatre, London

Best Designer

Sponsored by Robe

WINNER: Rosie Elnile for The Convert at the Gate Theatre, London

Joshua Gadsby for Dreamplay at the Vaults, London and Still Ill at the New Diorama, London

Simon Spencer for The Tempest at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon

Jessica Staton for Extra Yarn at the Orange Tree Theatre, London


Best Director

Sponsored by See Tickets

WINNER: Lekan Lawal for Betrayal at Derby Theatre, Derby

Sean Aydon for Richard III at the Rosemary Branch, London

Alexander Lass for 46 Beacon at Trafalgar Studios 2, London

Lynette Linton for Assata Taught Me at the Gate Theatre, London

Best Writer

WINNER: Katherine Soper for Wish List at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, and Royal Court Theatre, London

Titas Halder for Run the Beast Down at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury and Finborough Theatre, London

Asif Khan for Combustion at Tara Arts, London

Victoria Willing for Spring Offensive at the Clapham Omnibus, London


The Joe Allen Best West End Debut

WINNER: Andrew Polec for Bat Out of Hell at the London Coliseum

John Boyega for Woyzeck at the Old Vic

Anthony Boyle for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre

Andy Karl for Groundhog Day at the Old Vic

Audra McDonald for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill at Wyndhams Theatre

Imogen Poots for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Amber Riley for Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre

Charlie Stemp for Half a Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre

The Stage Debut Awards 2017

The inaugural The Stage Debut Awards took place on September 17, 2017.

Guests at the awards ceremony included the most influential figures in the performing arts world from Grammy and Olivier Award-winning actress Amber Riley to the director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris.

As well as live streaming the ceremony to thousands of eager viewers on Facebook,  #DebutAwards was trending on Twitter for over 14 hours on the day of the ceremony.

Check out the video of the evening below and to read more from the evening visit 
The Stage website.



Nominations for The Stage Debut Awards 2018 have now closed

2018 SUPPORTERS

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Lyn Gardner, Associate editor
"I love The Stage Debut Awards. It feels both genuinely celebratory and useful to recognise people’s talent at the start of their careers. There are plenty of awards which heap praise on the already successful, but The Stage Debut Awards are unique in giving a helping hand to those joining the profession. It has been a privilege to be part of the team helping to select the winners"

WINNERS AND NOMINEES 2018

The Joe Allen Best West End Debut

WINNER - Aidan Turner for The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Noel Coward Theatre
Mohammad Amiri for The Jungle at the Playhouse Theatre
Ashley Banjo for Dick Whittington at the London Palladium
Bryan Cranston for Network at the National Theatre
Michelle Greenidge for Nine Night at the National Theatre
John McCrea for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre
Kelli O’Hara for The King and I at the London Palladium
Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy for The Jungle at the Playhouse Theatre
Lucie Shorthouse for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre
Adrienne Warren for Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre




Best Actress In A Play 
Sponsored by Audible

WINNER - Gemma Dobson for Rita, Sue and Bob Too at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton
Kitty Archer for One for Sorrow at the Royal Court, London
Lorna Fitzgerald for The Shadow Factory at NST City, Southampton
Grainne O’Mahony for The Elephant Man at Bristol Old Vic

Best Actor In A Play 

Sponsored by Audible

WINNER - Akshay Sharan for The Reluctant Fundamentalist at the Yard Theatre, London
Seb Carrington for Summer and Smoke at the Almeida Theatre, London
Chris Walley for The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Noel Coward Theatre, London
Alex Wilson for The Elephant Man at Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Best Actor In A Musical 
Sponsored by Encore Radio

WINNER - Louis Gaunt for Oklahoma! at Grange Park Opera, West Horsley
Will Carey for It’s Only Life at the Union Theatre, London
Toby Miles for Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, London
Simon Oskarsson for Return to the Forbidden Planet at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Best Actress In A Musical
Sponsored by R&H Theatricals Europe

WINNER - Amara Okereke for Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, London
Teleri Hughes for Spring Awakening at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
Eleanor Kane for Fun Home at the Young Vic, London
Rebecca Mendoza for Hairspray, on tour

Best Director 
Sponsored by Smith & Williamson

WINNER - Katy Rudd for The Almighty Sometimes at the Royal Exchange, Manchester
Iwan Lewis for One Minute at the Barn Theatre, Cirencester
Alexandra Moxon for Wreck at Nottingham Playhouse
Oscar Pearce for Great Apes at the Arcola Theatre, London

Best Designer
Sponsored by Robe Lighting

Basia Binkowska for Devil with the Blue Dress at the Bunker Theatre, London
WINNER - Khadija Raza for Hijabi Monologues, Spun, and Mixtape, at the Bush Theatre, London, the Arcola Theatre, London and the Royal Exchange, Manchester
Fin Redshaw for Pieces of String and Love Me Now at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester and the Tristan Bates Theatre, London
Jasmine Swan for Hyem, The Passing of the Third Floor Back, Hanna and The Sleeper at Theatre503, London, the Finborough Theatre, London, the Arcola Theatre, London, and Rialto Theatre, Brighton

Best Composer or Lyricist
 Sponsored by Trafalgar Entertainment Group

WINNER - Gus Gowland for Pieces of String at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Kate Marlais for Abandon at the Lyric Hammersmith, London
Matt Winkworth for The Assassination of Katie Hopkins at Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Best Writer
Sponsored by InterTalent Rights Group

WINNER - Andrew Thompson for In Event of Moone Disaster at Theatre503, London
Georgia Christou for Yous Two at Hampstead Theatre, London
Kendall Feaver for The Almighty Sometimes at the Royal Exchange, Manchester
Natasha Gordon for Nine Night at the National Theatre, London
Joe White for Mayfly at the Orange Tree Theatre, London

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Inside The Stage Debut Awards Goodybag...

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James Graham

Olivier-Award winning writer

"Receiving support and encouragement at the early stages of your working life is vital for emerging artists, so I’m just incredibly pleased and honoured to be involved in the The Stage Debut Awards"

Paule Constable

Olivier and Tony Award-winning producer 

“I’m really excited to be an Ambassador for The Stage Supports.  We are in a world where arts funding is being cut to nothing.  At the same time we are all being told how important creative thinking is. This project is an opportunity to nurture and support new talent and there is nothing more important than that.”