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Winners of the 2022 UK Theatre Awards

Kitty Underwood

By Kitty Underwood First Published 28 September 2022, Last Updated 26 October 2022

Each year, the UK Theatre Awards recognise the enormous skill of our theatre industry, with awards for acting as well as off-stage roles including design and direction. They also have an award each year for the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre!

This year, the ceremony was held at London’s Guildhall, hosted by Courtney Bowman.

The recipient of this year’s Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre Award is Sarah Holmes, former CEO of the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.

Sarah was selected by the board for constantly championing access and inclusion, spear-heading the post of Agent for Change and applying challenging criteria to her own programming policy with a “nothing about us, without us” policy around inclusion. Sarah’s tenure saw the New Wolsey become a founding partner on Black-led theatre initiative Eclipse, and D/deaf and disabled collective Ramps on the Moon, which has now been running for over 7 years.

The 2022 winners are:

On Stage

Best Design – Laura Hopkins (Design) & Simon Wainwright (Projection and Video Design Video Design) for Dracula: The Untold Story, A Leeds Playhouse and imitating the dog co-production

Best Director – Robert Hastie, Anthony Lau & Elin Schofield for Rock/Paper/Scissors, a Sheffield Theatres production

Best Musical Production – Billy Elliot The Musical, a Made at Curve Production

Best New Play – Mugabe, My Dad & Me, an ETT, Brixton House & York Theatre Royal in association with Alison Holder co-production

Best Performance in a Musical – Divina de Campo for Hedwig And The Angry Inch, A Leeds Playhouse and HOME co-production

Best Performance in a Play – Giles Terera for The Meaning Of Zong – a Bristol Old Vic Production

Best Play Revival – Translations, an Abbey Theatre and Lyric Theatre Belfast co-production

Best Show for Children & Young People – Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World, a Kenny Wax Family Entertainment in association with MAST Mayflower Studios

Best Supporting Performance in a Musical or Play – Nishla Smith for Kes, an Octagon Theatre and Theatre By The Lake co-production

Achievement in Opera – Richard Mantle for the last year at Opera North, which epitomises the work Richard has achieved over his tenure

Achievement in Dance – The dancers of Rambert for their ability to inhabit any choreographer’s vision, as a company of unique, versatile, incredibly skilled performers


Off Stage

Digital Innovation – Chichester Festival Theatre

Excellence in Arts Education – Lyric Theatre Belfast

Excellence in Inclusivity – ETT

Excellence in Touring – Graeae Theatre Company

Workforce Awards – The Marlowe


UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre

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