UK Theatre Awards: 2022

UK Theatre Awards 2022

The UK Theatre Awards 2022 will take place at London's historic Guildhall on Sunday 23 October 2022.

The only nationwide awards to celebrate the outstanding achievements of theatre across the UK, recognising the remarkable contributions UK Theatre members make to the industry.

For your production to be considered for the UK Theatre Awards (On-Stage categories) you must be a UK Theatre Organisation Member in any theatre (excluding a Society of London Theatre venue), or the production must be housed in a UK Theatre Organisation member theatre venue. For more information about becoming a member, please look to the Membership section of the website by clicking here. (Please note membership can take 4-6 weeks to be verified, however productions may still be considered during this time.) 

For more information on award categories, eligibility, applications and the judging process, please download the UK Theatre Awards Information Pack or simply expand the tab on the topic of your choice below.

Bookings will open in the new year.

UK Theatre Awards logo  - UKTA 2019

On Stage 

  • Achievement in Dance        
  • Achievement in Opera    
  • Best Design         
  • Best Director   
  • Best Musical Production
  • Best New Play  
  • Best Performance in a Musical   
  • Best Performance in a Play
  • Best Play Revival    
  • Best Show for Children and Young People
  • Best Supporting Performance (in a musical or play)
The eligibility period for the 2022 UK Theatre Awards is 1 September 2021 - 31 August 2022. During this time, Organisation Members can champion their outstanding productions for the On Stage awards categories by using our Productions' Calendar to let members and the judging panels know about your production. At the end of the eligibility period all UK Theatre members will then be able to nominate (via an online survey) one outstanding production/creative and/or performer in each of the On Stage categories. These will then be given to the On Stage Judging Panel for consideration.


Off Stage 

  • Digital Innovation
  • Excellence in Arts Education
  • Excellence in Inclusivity
  • Excellence in Touring
  • Workforce 

The eligibility period for the 2022 UK Theatre Awards is 1 September 2021 - 31 August 2022Organisation Members can submit their applications for the Off Stage award categories during this time - the application forms are available in the tab below. These applications will then be voted on by the Off Stage Judging Panel to determine shortlisted nominees and winners. 

UK's Most Welcoming Theatre

UK Theatre Organisation Members are invited to tell us why you’re a welcoming theatre in three ways; your place, your people and your programme. Applications for UK's Most Welcoming Theatre open on 3 May 2022 and close on 30 June 2022. You can preview the application form in the tab below. There is no longer a public vote for this award. 

Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre

Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre will continue to be awarded by the UK Theatre Board.

Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts   

We will continue to work with the Shakespeare’s Guild to present the Gielgud Award.

Off Stage Awards

UK Theatre Organisation Members can submit applications for the Off Stage Awards at any time during the eligibility period of 1 September 2021 - 31 August 2022. All applications will be given to the Off Stage judging panel for consideration.

Click on the relevant link below to view the application form.

UK's Most Welcoming Theatre 

This award is open to UK Theatre Organisation Member venues only. Applications for UK's Most Welcoming Theatre are open from 3 May 2022 - 30 June 2022. The application form can be previewed below.      

Be inspired by 2019's UK's Most Welcoming Theatre winner, Storyhouse, here

If you have a question regarding applications please email      

UK Theatre Organisation Members can promote their outstanding productions throughout the year using the UK Theatre Awards Productions' Calendar (you must be logged-in and a member in order to view the calendar).

The Productions' Calendar shows the dates and locations of submitted, eligible productions, along with booking information. This ensures that UK Theatre members producing work have a platform to champion their outstanding productions.

To view the calendar or submit a show, members should log-in and then visit the Productions' Calendar, where you will also find rules of eligibility.

The UK Theatre Awards Information Pack contains information and guidance on eligibility, categories, timeline, applications, nominations, judges etc.

If you have any questions not answered by the Information Pack or would like the pack in an alternative format, please contact us on

UK Theatre Awards 2022 Information Pack

The UK Theatre Awards 2022 judging panels are currently under review. Please see the 2019 panels below.

On Stage Panels


  • Arifa Akbar
  • Clare Brennan    
  • Dominic Cavendish         
  • Mark Fisher        
  • Sam Marlowe
  • Grania McFadden
  • Mark Shenton 
  • Natasha Tripney 
  • Chaired by Julian Bird


  • Anna Winter
  • Andrew Hurst
  • Donald Hutera
  • Sanjoy Roy 
  • Chaired by Roger Spence


  • Henrietta Bredin 
  • Rupert Christiansen 
  • George Hall
  • Chaired by Julian Bird

Off Stage Panel

  • Fiona Allan 
  • Chris Glover 
  • Michèle Taylor
  • Chaired by Julian Bird


UK's Most Welcoming Theatre 

Applications are judged by a panel made up of UK Theatre Professional and Partner Members, and sponsors of the UK Theatre Awards:

  • Amanda Huxtable - Theatre Director/Producer
  • Andrew Miller - Disability Champion for the Arts & Cultural Sector
  • Danielle Ward - Marketing Consultant, Integro Entertainment & Sport
  • Julian Flitter - Partner, Goodman Jones LLP
  • Chaired by Julian Bird
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