Application and Judging Process

Application and Judging Process

Our awards are open to UK Theatre members working in both the commercial and subsidised sectors of the performing arts. 

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The following four awards categories (judged by the Management Panel) were open to UK Theatre members to submit their own nominations, from which the panel then shortlisted the nominees.

Most Welcoming Theatre

There are many things that shape your experience when you visit a theatre; a friendly chat with box office staff, enjoying a coffee in the cafe, feeling like you're part of your local community, or being entertained by the panto! The public vote for the Most Welcoming Theatre award gives you the chance to celebrate your local theatre and all it does to welcome you.              

More information on how to take part will be coming soon.

Find out about the 2016 award here.


Production Awards

The following awards are nominated and voted on by industry experts who have been invited to serve as panellists by the Chief Executive of UK Theatre. There are three panels: Theatre, Opera and Dance 

Each panel judge the following categories:    

  • Best New Play
  • Best Musical Production    
  • Best Touring Production  
  • Best Show for Children and Young People
  • Best Director   
  • Best Performance in a Play    
  • Best Performance in a Musical
  • Best Supporting Performance
  • Best Design
  • Achievement in Opera
  • Achievement in Dance

These awards are open to UK Theatre members working in both the commercial and subsidised sectors of the performing arts. 

To be eligible for the production categories of UK Theatre Awards, a production has to be either produced by a UK Theatre member or seen in a UK Theatre member theatre or venue.   

There are a few exceptions which are not eligible:     

  • Amateur productions
  • Any production in London that has been eligible for the Olivier Awards (unless a production has transferred to London and has not yet been judged for the Olivier Awards at the date of the UK Theatre Awards)
  • Festival productions   

Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre Award

The award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre is given by the invitation of the UK Theatre Board.       

Clothworkers' Theatre Award 

Launched in 2014, the Clothworkers’ Foundation makes an annual award of up to £150,000 to a regional producing theatre in England to 2018. Click here for more information.


UK Theatre Awards Panellists

Theatre Panel

Clare Brennan

Dominic Cavendish  

Mark Fisher

Sam Marlowe

Grania McFadden

Mark Shenton

Natasha Tripney

Chaired by Julian Bird


Opera Panel 

John Allison

Rupert Christiansen

George Hall

Chaired by Julian Bird


Dance Panel

Donald Hutera

Sanjoy Roy

Lyndsey Winship

Chaired by Roger Spence

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