The Stage celebrates theatre’s response to pandemic in 2021

Published: 15 November 2020
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

The Stage Awards and The Stage 100

Industry publication The Stage has said that the winners for The Stage Awards will be announced together with The Stage 100 list in January next year.

The Awards will recognise theatre's response to the biggest crisis in the industry's history recognising what has been accomplished across the UK in the face of such unprecedented challenges by venues large and small.

At the same time, The Stage 100 will celebrate individual endeavour during the pandemic.

The Stage editor Alistair Smith said, “this has been a year unlike any other in theatre’s history. We thought long and hard about whether it was appropriate to continue with our annual industry awards given the fact that for some organisations and individuals there has been little opportunity to stage much theatre in its traditional sense during 2020. However, we also believe it is important to celebrate the extraordinary efforts made by many in our industry to create work and keep theatre alive in extraordinarily difficult circumstances.

“To that end, we’ve decided to continue with both The Stage Awards and The Stage 100 this year, but both will be slightly altered to reflect the changed times we live in. We will not have shortlists for the awards—only winners—and The Stage 100 will not be a ranked power list, but will instead be purely celebratory. In this way, we will recognise the individuals and organisations who have gone above and beyond to fight for the future of theatre during this most difficult of years.”

Subscribers to The Stage can nominate organisations for Regional Theatre of the Year, London Theatre of the Year, Fringe Theatre of the Year, Theatre Building of the Year, Producer of the Year, International Award, Innovation Award and Achievement in Technical Theatre.

Subscribing organisations may nominate themselves and The Stage will also be accepting nominations for individuals that subscribers believe should be considered for The Stage 100.

Nominations close on 27 November.