UK Theatre Awards 2019

The UK Theatre Awards 2019 took place on Sunday 27 October at London’s historic Guildhall. Hosted by actor Jodie Prenger, presenters included Denise Black, Lesley Joseph, Gary Wilmot, Ashley Zhangazha and Tracy Brabin MP. 

Thank you to our 2019 Award sponsors Harbottle & LewisIntegroJohn Good, SeatGeekTheatre Tokens and White Light

Winners & Nominees

The winners of each award are highlighted in bold.

On Stage Awards      

Achievement in Dance   

  • Scottish Ballet for the world premiere of Helen Pickett’s outstanding dance-theatre adaptation of The Crucible
  • Scottee for Fat Blokes an uplifting collaboration with choreographer Lea Anderson and a gutsy cast
  • Yorke Dance Project for their unique Cohan Collective initiative and distinctive programming   

Achievement in Opera  

  • Buxton International Festival at Buxton Opera House for the World Premiere of Georgiana
  • Opera North for Tosca
  • Welsh National Opera for War and Peace

Best Musical Production

  • Standing At The Sky’s Edge directed by Robert Hastie, a Sheffield Theatres production
  • The Color Purple directed by Tinuke Craig, a Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome co-production
  • West Side Story directed by Sarah Frankcom, a Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester production 

Best New Play

  • Life of Pi adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti, from the novel by Yann Martel, a Sheffield Theatres Production
  • The Watsons by Laura Wade, a Chichester Festival Theatre production
  • Ulster American by David Ireland, a Traverse Theatre Company production

Best Play Revival

  • Equus directed by Ned Bennett, an English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East production
  • Death of a Salesman directed by Sarah Frankcom, a Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester production
  • Plenty directed by Kate Hewitt, a Chichester Festival Theatre production

Best Show for Children and Young People

  • Billionaire Boy The Musical directed by Luke Sheppard, a Nuffield Southampton Theatres production in association with Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
  • Noughts and Crosses directed by Esther Richardson, a Pilot Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Colchester Mercury, York Theatre Royal and Derby Theatre production
  • Tale Trail to The Wind In The Willows directed by Katherine Hughes, a New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme production

Best Director

  • Max Webster for Life of Pi, a Sheffield Theatres Production
  • Atri Banerjee for Hobson’s Choice, a Royal Exchange Theatre production
  • Katie Posner for My Mother Said I Never Should, a Theatre By the Lake production

Best Design

  • Nick Barnes, Finn Caldwell, Carolyn Downing, Andrzej Goulding, Tim Hatley and Tim Lutkin for Life of Pi, a Sheffield Theatres Production
  • Ti Green for Touching the Void, a Bristol Old Vic, Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Royal & Derngate Northampton and Fuel co-production
  • Rosanna Vize for The Audience, a Nuffield Southampton Theatres production

Best Performance in a Play

  • Hiran Abeysekera for Life of Pi, a Sheffield Theatres Production
  • Faye Castelow for The Audience, a Nuffield Southampton Theatres production
  • Kudzai Sitima for Princess & The Hustler, an Eclipse Theatre Company, Bristol Old Vic and Hull Truck Theatre production
  • Mark Gatiss for The Madness of King George III, a Nottingham Playhouse production

Best Performance in a Musical

  • Rebecca Trehearn for Sweet Charity, a Nottingham Playhouse production
  • Audrey Brisson for Amélie The Musical a Watermill Theatre, Hartshorn–Hook Productions, Selladoor Worldwide and Broadway Asia production
  • Jenna Russell for The Bridges of Madison County a Menier Chocolate Factory production

Best Supporting Performance 

  • Esh Alladi for Hobson’s Choice, a Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester production
  • Jocasta Almgill for West Side Story, a Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester production
  • Emmanuel Kojo for Oklahoma! a Chichester Festival Theatre production
Off Stage Awards

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Digital Innovation 

  • Northern Ballet
  • Hull Truck Theatre
  • Scottish Ballet

Excellence in Arts Education 

  • Derby Theatre
  • Oldham Coliseum Theatre
  • Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Excellence in Inclusivity 

  • Mercury Theatre
  • Bush Theatre
  • Royal & Derngate, Northampton 

Excellence in Touring

  • Pilot Theatre
  • National Theatre of Scotland and Imaginate
  • Northern Ballet

Workforce Award

  • Northern Stage
  • Hull Truck Theatre
  • Mayflower Theatre
UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre

Sponsored by Theatre Tokens

  • Storyhouse, Chester
  • New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme
  • Young Vic, London

Our wonderful, creative communities and visitors are integral to Storyhouse’s welcoming atmosphere. This award is symbolic of the vital role a cultural centre plays in a community and we are delighted to be recognised.

Andrew Bentley, CEO, Storyhouse
Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre

Theatremaker Emma Rice was presented with this special award in recognition of the unique, innovative and socially relevant work that she has created and directed all over the country, and her significant influence on the contemporary theatre landscape. 

Watch the special tribute film to Emma Rice that was shown at the Awards, along with Emma’s acceptance speech.

WhatsOnStage met the winners as they picked up their awards, and reflected on the last year of theatre and the incredible work being done up and down the country. 

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