UK Theatre Awards: 2019 and beyond

The UK Theatre Awards: 2019 and beyond

The UK Theatre Awards are changing. Refreshed and more relevant to today's industry. With new categories and a new way for UK Theatre members to get involved in deciding who will win - celebrate your achievements with us.    

For 27 years the UK Theatre Awards have been the only nationwide awards to celebrate the outstanding achievements of regional and national theatre. Now, as the industry evolves, so do the Awards celebrating its achievements.  

  • Awards categories have been refreshed to reflect the contemporary priorities of the UK’s theatre industry. Categories are divided into On Stage and Off Stage awards. See the full list of categories in the tab below.       
  • Members can now get involved in the nomination process in 3 ways:
    • Use our Productions' Calendar to champion your show to members and judging panellists throughout the year          
    • Nominate (via a survey) one outstanding production/creative and/or performer in each of the On Stage categories.            
    • Submit an application form an Off Stage award - open now!

For full details on the changes please read our UK Theatre Awards Information Pack. 

If you have any questions not answered by the Information Pack or would like the pack in an alternative format, please contact us on or call 020 7557 6700.

This year's awards take place on Sunday 27th October 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)
Throughout the year, Organisation Members can champion their outstanding productions for the On Stage awards categories by using our new Productions' Calendar to let members and the judging panels know about your production. At the end of the eligibility period (31 August) 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 

Applications are open now! 

Organisation members can now submit their applications throughout the year - the forms are available in the tab below. These application 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 now invited to tell us why you’re a welcoming theatre in three ways; your place, your people and your programme. Application forms are available 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 be 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.   

Application Forms:


UK's Most Welcoming Theatre - applications for this closed on 30 June 2019

This award is open to UK Theatre Organisation Members only.  Applications for this award are open from 1 May 2019 - 30 June 2019.  


Off Stage Awards - apply by 6 September 2019

UK Theatre Organisation members can submit applications for the Off Stage Awards at any time during the year. All applications will be given to the Off Stage judging panel for consideration.

Eligibility period: 1 September 2018 - 31 August 2019.

Click on the award you would like to apply for and the application form will begin downloading         

If you have a question regarding applications please email

Champion your organisation’s productions.

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.

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 will be judged by a panel made up of UK Theatre Professional and Partner Members, and sponsors of the UK Theatre Awards. 2019's judges are:

  • 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
If you have any questions not answered by the Information Pack or would like the pack in an alternative format, please contact us on or call 020 7557 6700.
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