The Stage Debut Awards 2023 date announced

The Stage has announced dates and venue for its 2023 The Stage Debut Awards.

The awards ceremony will take place on 1 October 2023 at 8 Northumberland Avenue in London.

The awards recognise breakthrough theatre talent from the previous 12 months, celebrating their outstanding professional debuts.

The 7th annual awards are sponsored by Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), and eight awards are up for grabs including Best Performer in a Play; Best Performer in a Musical; Best West End Creative Debut; Best Director; Best Designer; Best Writer; Best Composer/Lyricist or Book Writer; and Best West End Debut Performer.

Submissions for the awards are open until 30 June 2023, and the shortlist of nominees are announced in August. The awards are initially nominated by The Stage’s theatre critics and the potential nominees themselves, and then a panel of 20 expert advisers curate the final shortlist. The judging panel will meet in July to decide the shortlist and winners – apart from the winner of the Best West End Debut Performer, which is decided by public vote.

Last year’s winners included Jodie Comer, and the ensemble of For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy.

The Stage editor Alistair Smith said: “It’s hugely exciting to celebrate the return of The Stage Debut Awards with the continued support of ATG. These awards hold a very special place within UK theatre, serving as a crucial launchpad for the most promising talent, right at the start of their careers. The ceremony is a celebration of dreams realised and careers launched, and a beacon of hope for aspiring artists from all backgrounds who seek to make their mark in the world of theatre. Already, since launching in 2017, winners from previous years have gone on to win Olivier Awards, run theatre companies and create hit West End shows. If you are looking for the next big star in British theatre, this is where you will find them. Mark your calendars for a spectacular evening of talent, passion, and hope. If you want to support the next generation of theatre talent, please make your submissions of debut talent for our judges to consider, or buy a ticket to celebrate with us on the night.”

👤 📅16 May 2023

📷 Main photo: The Stage Debut Awards 2023

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