Nominations announced for the UK Theatre Awards 2023

  • Lyric Theatre Belfast and Sheffield Theatres lead the way with five nods apiece 
  • Best Performance in a Musical category is dominated by female nominees 

The nominees for this year’s UK Theatre Awards have been announced. The UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide awards to honour and celebrate outstanding achievements in theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland by UK Theatre members.    

With nominees across the UK, this year’s shortlist showcases the creativity, originality and resilience of theatre. Leading the nominations, both with acknowledgements across five categories, are Lyric Theatre Belfast and Sheffield Theatres. Lyric Theatre Belfast’s nominations include Best Design, Best Director, Best New Play, Best Play Revival and Best Show for Children and Young People, while Sheffield Theatres is represented in Best Musical Production, Best Play Revival, Best Performance in a Musical and Best Performance in a Play. 

Meanwhile, three theatres receive three nods across various categories – Birmingham Rep, Northern Stage and Nottingham Playhouse. Birmingham Rep was home to productions with nominees in performing categories, including Best Supporting Performance and Best Performance in a Play, while Northern Stage is acknowledged in Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Excellence in Touring categories, and Nottingham Playhouse in Excellence in Touring, Workforce Award and Most Welcoming Theatre. Separately, Shakespeare North, The Mill at Sonning and Leeds Playhouse have garnered two nominations apiece. 

Elsewhere in performing categories, actors Siobhán McSweeney (Happy Days), Peter Forbes (On The Beach), Daniel Rigby (Accidental Death Of An Anarchist) and Wiliam Young (Of Mice & Men) are all nominated for Best Performance in a Play. This year, Best Performance in a Musical is dominated by female actors, with Joanna Ampil (Miss Saigon), Lena Hall (In Dreams) and Rebecca Thornhill (Gypsy) making up the list of nominees. 

The exceptional work created by each of this year’s nominees demonstrates that there is no better time to support local theatre. The winners will be announced on 8 October, during a lunchtime ceremony at London’s Guildhall. The event’s host was announced on Monday as Zoe Birkett. 

Hannah Essex, Co-CEO of UK Theatre, said, 

“We are incredibly proud to celebrate theatre across our four nations and the inspiring work of our UK Theatre members. This year’s nominees are a reflection of the quality and diversity of talent, story-telling and community engagement that is needed now more than ever.  

“We would like to thank all our sponsors for supporting the event and offer our congratulations to all those nominated. We look forward to celebrating your inspiring work at the ceremony on Sunday 8 October.” 

Nominations for the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre Award were announced last month, with 

Curve, National Youth Theatre, and Nottingham Playhouse making the shortlist. The winner will be revealed as part of the ceremony. 

The recipient of this year’s Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre Award is yet to be announced ahead of the ceremony.  

The UK Theatre Awards 2023 are sponsored by Birra Moretti, Harbottle and Lewis, Howard Park Wines, John Good Ltd, Marshfield Farm Ice Cream, Music Theatre International, Setting Line Production Management, Spektrix, Theatre Tokens, Trafalgar Theatres, Tysers in association with Ecclesiastical, Unusual Rigging and White Light. 

Full list of nominations for the UK Theatre Awards 2023 

On Stage Awards 

Best Design 

Conor Murphy for Propaganda: A New Musical, a Lyric Theatre Belfast and The Belfast Ensemble Production 

Justin Nardella (Set, Costume and Video Design) & Dan Steele (Sound Design) for iShowmanism!, a Theatre Royal Bath production 

Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey & UTLZ for Tambo & Bones, a Theatre Royal Stratford East and Actors Touring Company co-production 

Best Director 

Matthew Dunster & Jimmy Fairhurst for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a Shakespeare North Playhouse, Not Too Tame and Northern Stage co-production 

Omar Elerian for As You Like It, a Royal Shakespeare Company production 

Garry Hynes for DruidO’Casey, a Druid Theatre production at Lyric Theatre Belfast 

Best Musical Production Sponsored by Tysers in association with Ecclesiastical 

The Book Thief, an Octagon Theatre Bolton production 

Gypsy, a The Mill at Sonning production 

Miss Saigon, a Sheffield Theatres production, by special arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh

Best New Play 

Agreement, a Lyric Theatre Belfast production 

Enough Of Him, a National Theatre of Scotland and Pitlochry Festival Theatre co-production 

Untitled F*ck M*ss S**gon Play, a Royal Exchange Theatre, Factory International for Manchester International Festival, Young Vic Theatre and Headlong co-production 

Best Play Revival Sponsored by Trafalgar Theatres 

The Beauty Queen Of Leenane, a Lyric Theatre Belfast and Prime Cut co-production

The Comedy Of Errors (More Or Less), a Shakespeare North Playhouse and Stephen Joseph Theatre co-production 

The Contingency Plan: On The Beach and Resilience, a Sheffield Theatres production 

Best Performance in a Play 

Peter Forbes for On The Beach, part of a double bill: The Contingency Plan, a Sheffield Theatres production

Siobhán McSweeney for Happy Days, a Landmark Productions production at Birmingham Rep 

Daniel Rigby for Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, a Sheffield Theatres and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre co-production in association with Playful Productions

Wiliam Young for Of Mice & Men, a Birmingham Rep, Leeds Playhouse and Fiery Angel co-production 

Best Performance in a Musical 

Joanna Ampil for Miss Saigon, a Sheffield Theatres production, by special arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh

Lena Hall for In Dreams, a Leeds Playhouse production 

Rebecca Thornhill for Gypsy, a The Mill at Sonning production 

Best Show for Children and Young People 

The Famous Five – A New Musical, a Theatr Clywd and Chichester Festival Theatre co-production 

Mirrorball, a Replay Theatre Company production at Belfast Children’s Festival, Lyric Theatre Belfast 

The SpongeBob Musical, a Showpath Entertainment production 

Best Supporting Performance (in a Musical or Play) 

Bryony Corrigan for I, Daniel Blake, a Nothern Stage, Birmingham Rep, ETT, Oldham Coliseum and tiny dragon Productions production in association with Cardboard Citizens 

Antony Eden for Family Album, a Stephen Joseph Theatre production 

LJ Parkinson for Modest, a Middle Child and Milk Presents co-production 

Achievement in Opera 

Glyndebourne for Dialogues Des Carmélites  

Opera North for Orpheus  

Welsh National Opera for Blaze Of Glory! 

Achievement in Dance  

Jo Fong & George Orange for The Rest Of Our Lives   

Rambert for Peaky Blinders: The Redemption Of Thomas Shelby   

Scottish Ballet for Coppélia   

Off Stage Awards 

Excellence in Touring 


Northern Stage, Birmingham Rep, ETT, Oldham Coliseum, tiny dragon Productions and Cardboard Citizens

Nottingham Playhouse 

Digital Innovation Sponsored by Spektrix 

HOME X presented by the Barbican 

Pilot Theatre 

Tara Theatre 

Excellence in Inclusivity 

Capital Theatres 

Midlands Arts Centre 

Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch 

Excellence in Arts Education 

Birmingham Hippodrome 

Blackpool Grand Theatre 

Hackney Empire 

Workforce Award 

Ambassador Theatre Group 

Grand Opera House York 

Nottingham Playhouse 

UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre Sponsored by Theatre Tokens 


National Youth Theatre 

Nottingham Playhouse 

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