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The Industry
The stage at the Stage Awards 2024 award ceremony

Image credit: Gemma Nelson

The National Theatre and Watermill Theatre win Theatre of the Year, while Chickenshed is recognised with the judges’ brand new award.

The winners of the Stage Awards 2024 have now been revealed at a ceremony at Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 29 January 2024. Spotlight is proud to support the awards, which recognise and celebrate achievements in British theatre – including the West End, regional and fringe theatre in the UK, and more – and are in association with Tysers Live.

This year, the judges couldn’t decide on the recipient for the coveted Theatre of the Year award, so it was shared by two venues – the National Theatre and Watermill Theatre. Chickenshed won the newly-created Judges’ Award in recognition of their 50 years of excellence, and the Chichester Festival Theatre’s Theatre Manager Janet Bakose was the Unsung Hero winner for her 45 years of work at the venue.

Without further ado, here is the full list of winners for the 14th Stage Awards 2024:

Theatre of the Year

  • National Theatre, London – WINNER
  • Watermill Theatre, Newbury – WINNER
  • Almeida Theatre, London
  • Birmingham Rep
  • Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London
  • Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Fringe Theatre of the Year (sponsored by Encore Insure)

  • Little Angel Theatre, London – WINNER
  • Orange Tree Theatre, London
  • Reading Rep Theatre

Theatre Building of the Year (sponsored by TAIT)

  • Roundhouse Works, London – WINNER
  • Aviva Studios, Manchester
  • Southwark Playhouse Elephant, London

Producer of the Year

  • Ellie Keel Productions – WINNER
  • Actors Touring Company
  • Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

Innovation Award (sponsored by Charcoalblue)

  • ZU-UK for Within Touching Distance – WINNER
  • Actors Touring Company and Greenwich+Docklands International Festival for The Architect
  • Mercury Theatre for I Really Do Think This Will Change Your Life

Digital Project of the Year (sponsored by Cabbells)

  • Parade-Fest and Artists on the Frontline for With Fire and Rage – WINNER
  • Peut-Être Theatre for Audiomoves at the Zoo
  • Alastair White and Gemma A Williams for #CAPITAL

Community Project of the Year (sponsored by Evolution Productions)

  • Culture Collective – WINNER
  • Theatre by the Lake for Every Brilliant Thing
  • LUNG, the North Wall and the University of Nottingham for Woodhill
  • Creu Cymru and Diverse Cymru for Hynt
  • Freelancers Make Theatre Work
  • Chickenshed for The Space Between Us programme

International Award (sponsored by Concord Theatricals)

  • Battersea Arts Centre – WINNER
  • Complicité
  • Transform, Leeds

Unsung Hero award (sponsored by Kindred Partners)

  • Chichester Festival Theatre’s Theatre Manager, Kanet Bakose – WINNER

Judges’ Awards

  • Chickenshed – WINNER

From all of us at Spotlight, a massive congratulations to all the winners and nominees! A big thanks also to the team at the Stage for your hard work organising the ceremony.

Take a look at our website for more awards news and industry advice.