The Stage Debut Awards 2024. Photo by David Monteith-Hodge

The Stage Debut Awards 2024 announce dates and venue

The Stage Debut Awards are returning for 2024.

Organised by theatre industry media company The Stage, the awards are dedicated to recognising breakthrough theatre talent both on and off stage.

Submissions for the 2024 awards are now open, and anyone who made their professional debut between 18 July 2023 and 17 July 2024 can nominate themselves for an award – see link below. Submissions close on 30 June 2024.

The eight Stage Debut Awards categories are: Best Performer in a Play; Best Performer in a Musical; Best Director; Best Writer; Best Designer; Best Composer, Lyricist or Book Writer and Best West End Creative Debut.

The shortlist of nominees will be announced in August, and the live ceremony announcing the winners of the awards will take place on Sunday 29 September 2024 at 8 Northumberland Avenue in London.

Sponsors include ATG Entertainment, Trafalgar Entertainment, Crossroads Live, Sonia Friedman Productions, the Noël Coward Foundation, and Michael Harrison Entertainment.

Last year’s The Stage Debut Awards winners included Strictly Come Dancing winner Rose Ayling-Ellis, who won the Best West End Debut Performer, following her performance in As You Like It at @sohoplace; Rob Madge for My Son’s a Queer, (But What Can You Do?) at Garrick Theatre and Ambassadors Theatre; Isobel Thom for their leading role in I, Joan at Shakespeare’s Globe; Michael R Jackson for composing A Strange Loop at the Barbican Theatre; and Tingying Dong for her sound design on The Crucible at the Gielgud and National Theatre.

How the awards work

Names put forwards for the awards come from The Stage’s theatre critics, and nominations from performers, writers, directors, designers, composers or lyricists themselves.

A shortlist is then produced by a panel of 20 expert advisers decided by The Stage, including casting directors, producers, designers and other creatives from across the UK.

A judging panel will then meet in July to decide the shortlist and winners in all categories, except the Best West End Debut Performer which will be shortlisted by the judging panel but the winner will be decided by a public vote. The judging panel is usually made up on The Stage’s editor and theatre critics and contributors.

The shortlist will be published in August, and the winners announced on 29 September 2024.

Links:
The Stage Debut Awards - Submissions
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