UK Theatre Awards

UK Theatre Awards 2022 winners announced

Industry trade association UK Theatre has announced the winners of the 2022 UK Theatre Awards.

The winners were announced at a ceremony today, Sunday 23 October 2022, at London’s Guildhall, hosted by Courtney Bowman, star of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Six, Legally Blonde and, as revealed on Friday, Pretty Woman The Musical from 15 November.

Presenters at this year’s awards included Dame Arlene Phillips, Isabella Pappas, Joel Harper-Jackson and Rakie Ayola.

The Awards, which are the only UK-wide awards to honour and celebrate outstanding achievements in theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, returned after a two-year Covid break.

Leeds Playhouse scooped the most awards, winning three for the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre, Best Design for Laura Hopkins and Simon Wainwright for Dracula: The Untold Story, and Best Performance in a Musical for Divina de Campo for Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The Best Director gong was won by Elin Schofield, Robert Hastie and Anthony Lau for Rock/Paper/Scissors at Sheffield Theatres, with the cast performing in all three of Sheffield’s theatres – the Crucible, Lyceum and Studio – at the same time.

Best Musical Production winner was a popular choice, going to the Curve Leicester’s recent production of Billy Elliot the Musical directed by Nikolai Foster; Best New Play went to Mugabe, My Dad & Me by Tonderai Munyevu, which was an English Touring Theatre, Brixton House and York Theatre Royal co-production in association with Alison Holder; and Best Play Revival was awarded to Abbey Theatre and Lyric Theatre Belfast’s production of Brian Friel’s Translations.

In terms of performances, Giles Terera won Best Performance in a Play for the Bristol Old Vic’s The Meaning of Zong. Terera is currently starring in Blues for an Alabama Sky at the National Theatre. Best Supporting Performance was won by Nishla Smith for Kes, an Octagon Theatre and Theatre By The Lake co-production.

In terms of special awards, Sarah Holmes was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre award. Accepting the award Holmes said: “I accept this award as recognition for the quality, innovation and creative spirit which is to be found in our pioneering regional theatres”.

UK Theatre Awards 2022 – Winners

See Nominations for the 2022 UK Theatre Awards here.

On Stage

Best Design

  • Dracula: The Untold Story – Leeds Playhouse – Design by Laura Hopkins, Projection and Video Design by Simon Wainwright

Best Director

  • Robert Hastie, Anthony Lau, Elin Schofield – Rock/Paper/Scissors – The Crucible, Studio and Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Best Musical Production

  • Billy Elliot the Musical – Leicester Curve, A Made at Curve Production

Best New Play

  • Mugabe, My Dad & Me – A co-production by ETT, Brixton House & York Theatre Royal in association with Alison Holder

Best Performance in a Musical

  • Divina de Campo – Hedwig and the Angry Inch – A Leeds Playhouse and HOME co-production

Best Performance in a Play

  • Giles Terera – The Meaning of Zong – A Bristol Old Vic Production

Best Play Revival

  • Translations – An Abbey Theatre and Lyric Theatre Belfast Co-Production

Best Show for Children and Young People

  • Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World – Kenny Wax Family Entertainment in association with MAST Mayflower Studios

Best Supporting Performance (in a musical or play)

  • Nishla Smith – Kes – An Octagon Theatre and Theatre By The Lake co-production

Achievement in Opera

  • Richard Mantle for the last year at Opera North, which epitomizes the work Richard has achieved over his tenure

Achievement in Dance

  • The dancers of Rambert for their ability to inhabit any choreographer’s vision, as a company of unique, versatile, incredibly skilled performers 

Off Stage

Digital Innovation

Chichester Festival Theatre

Excellence in Arts Education

Lyric Theatre Belfast

Excellence in Inclusivity

English Touring Theatre

Excellence in Touring

Graeae Theatre Company, London

Workforce Award

The Marlowe, Canterbury

UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre

Leeds Playhouse

Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre

Sarah Holmes – Former CEO, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

👤 📅23 October 2022
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