National award for Sheffield Theatres

sheffield theatres logoSheffield Theatres has been named regional theatre of the year in The Stage 100 Awards.

Now in their third year, The Stage 100 Awards run alongside annual power list The Stage 100, with the awards recognising the outstanding organisations working in theatre today.

The Sheffield organisation, which encompasses the Lyceum, the Crucible and the Studio theatre, will be presented with the award at The Stage’s New Year Party at the New London Theatre on January 25.

The judging panel’s citation on The Stage website praises the Crucible for the quality and range of productions, which it says, made the theatre stand out from the rest.

The report said: “Despite funding cuts from both its local authority and Arts Council England in recent years, the judges felt that Sheffield Theatres continues to produce exemplary shows, serving a local and national audience that greatly values its work.”

Alistair Smith, deputy editor of The Stage and chair of The Stage 100 Awards judging panel, said: “It proved another incredibly difficult year for the panel with many worthy nominees in all our categories. But, we felt that our eventual winners were the best of the best and reflected the superb work that is going on in theatres and in the performing arts more broadly across the UK.”

Stage readers were able to nominate organisations and individuals in six categories.  However, the final decision was taking by The Stage’s judging panel. The judging panel for the awards comprised Stage editor Brian Attwood, deputy editor Alistair Smith, reporter Nicola Merrifield, critics Mark Shenton and Aleks Sierz, Stage education/training editor Susan Elkin and former Theatrical Management Association president and Stage backstage editor AK Bennett-Hunter.

The Globe won London’s theatre of the year, The Union Theatre in Southwark won fringe theatre of the year, Glasgow-based A Play, A Pie and a Pint won producer of the year and ALRA North won school of the year.

To find out what’s on at Sheffield Theatres go to http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/