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Everything we know so far about the Stage Debut Awards 2023

Kitty Underwood

By Kitty Underwood First Published 16 May 2023, Last Updated 17 May 2023

The Stage Debut Awards are the only UK theatre awards dedicated solely to recognising new and breakthrough talent on the British stage.

Taking place on Sunday 1 October 2023 at 8 Northumberland Avenue, the previous 12 months’ newcomers will be eligible for awards in a ceremony celebrating up-and-coming performers and creatives and their professional debuts.

This year marks the seventh annual Stage Debut Awards, and the second year in association with headline sponsor the Ambassador Theatre Group.

The awards have eight categories, including Best Performer in a Play; Best Performer in a Musical; Best West End Creative Debut; Best Director; Best Designer; Best Writer and Best Composer/Lyricist or Book Writer. The final award, Best West End Debut Performer, is the only category put to a public vote, with Jodie Comer winning last year’s award for her West End debut in Prima Facie at the Harold Pinter Theatre, for which she also won the Olivier Award for Best Actress.

The Stage have said that the shortlist of nominees will be announced in August, so keep your eyes peeled for more news!

Commenting on his ambitions for this year’s Debut Awards, The Stage editor Alistair Smith, says:

“It’s hugely exciting to celebrate the return of The Stage Debut Awards with the continued support of ATG. These awards hold a very special place within UK theatre, serving as a crucial launchpad for the most promising talent, right at the start of their careers. The ceremony is a celebration of dreams realised and careers launched, and a beacon of hope for aspiring artists from all backgrounds who seek to make their mark in the world of theatre.

“Already, since launching in 2017, winners from previous years have gone on to win Olivier Awards, run theatre companies and create hit West End shows. If you are looking for the next big star in British theatre, this is where you will find them.

“Mark your calendars for a spectacular evening of talent, passion, and hope. If you want to support the next generation of theatre talent, please make your submissions of debut talent for our judges to consider, or buy a ticket to celebrate with us on the night.”

Ambassador Theatre Group Chief Executive Mark Cornell, adds: “Everyone at ATG understands that it is our people, with their passion and collaborative approach, that is the foundation of our success as we bring great live experiences to audiences every day. We’re very proud to be supporting The Stage Debut Awards for the second year running. We’re looking forward to being part of another exceptional night celebrating actors, directors, designers, writers, composers and lyricists that have made their debut over the past 12 months.”


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