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Black Theatre Live venue Tara Theatre receives 2 Stage Award nominations

22 December 2016

Building of the Year & Sustainability Award 2017 nominations for Tara Theatre.

The Stage Awards 2017 shortlist announced

Harry Potter producer in running for theatre awards hat-trick. The Stage Awards, in association with Integro Insurance Brokers ltd, announce 2017 shortlist.

The world's oldest and best theatre publication, The Stage, has announced the shortlist for its annual industry awards, celebrating success within the performing arts. Including two for Tara  Arts new theatre in south London: Building of the Year; and the Sustainability Award.

Jatinder Verma, founder and director of Tara Arts told Asian Culture Vulture“I am delighted that the new Tara Theatre’s design has been recognised by the London Construction Awards this year.

“It is wonderful that the design by our architect, Julian Middleton of Aedas, has caught the imagination of London’s construction sector – proving once again that small theatres can be as beautiful and inspiring as large ones.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child producer Sonia Friedman is shortlisted for Producer of the Year sponsored by PRG XL Video, which she won in both 2015 and 2016. She is competing with Kenny Wax producer of The Play That Goes Wrong, and Fiery Angel which produced the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company West End season.

Alistair Smith, print editor of The Stage and chair of the judging panel, said: “The Stage Awards are the only theatre awards that celebrate the whole stunning spectrum of theatre, encompassing London, regional, fringe and international work. Our exceptional shortlist this year is a blend of big and small, established and new. It ranges from Sonia Friedman, the commercial impresario behind West End mega-hit Harry Potter, to the Hope Mill, a bijou fringe theatre located in a former Manchester cotton mill. It’s also exciting to introduce two new categories this year – the Sustainability Award and the Innovation Award – for which we also have a spectacular range of nominees. Together, these thrillingly diverse companies represent the very best of what theatre is today."

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures is nominated for the International Award, sponsored by Ambassador Theatre Group, alongside Graeae Theatre Company and the Big in Belgium season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Innovation Award category sponsored by Charcoalblue is a new award for 2017. The shortlist includes the New Diorama Theatre for its artist support programme, Simon McBurney’s Complicite for its use of sound on The Encounter, Les Enfants Terribles and Emma Brunjes Productions for new approaches to theatremaking.

The second new category for 2017, the Sustainability Award, sponsored by GDS, sees London Theatre Consortium compete with Tara Theatre and The Handlebards to recognise their environmental initiatives.

King’s Cross Theatre is back in the running for Theatre Building of the Year, sponsored by Audience Systems, having been previously nominated for the same category in 2016. The other nominees for the category include Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool and Tara Theatre, London.

Bristol Old Vic and Mercury Theatre, Colchester are nominated for Regional Theatre of the Year, sponsored by Evolution Productions, along with Sheffield Theatres, which won in the same category in 2013 & 2014.

London theatres competing for silverware in the London Theatre of the Year category, sponsored by Managed Networks, include Menier Chocolate Factory, the Old Vic Theatre, and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Meanwhile Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre is in the running for Fringe Theatre of the Year, sponsored by, with London-based theatres Hope Theatre, and New Diorama.

Shortlisted for School of the Year, sponsored by TodayTix, are the Urdang Academy, Musical Theatre Academy and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

An Unsung Hero award, sponsored by White Light, for which there is no shortlist will also be announced at the 2017 ceremony.

The Stage Awards, in association with Integro Insurance Brokers Ltd, are decided by The Stage’s senior editorial team, following extensive consultation with leading figures in the theatre industry and a public nomination process.

Previous winners of The Stage Awards include: the National Theatre, Sonia Friedman Productions, Shakespeare’s Globe, Almeida Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre, Young Vic Theatre, Michael Grandage Company, National Youth Theatre, Arts Educational Schools and Sheffield Theatres.

The Stage Awards 2017 are presented in association with Integro Insurance Brokers Ltd. Category sponsors for this year’s event include Ambassador Theatre Group,, Managed Networks, TodayTix, Audience Systems, Charcoalblue, White Light, GDS, PRG XL Video and Evolution Productions.

Shortlist in full

Regional Theatre of the Year
sponsored by Evolution Productions

Bristol Old Vic
Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Sheffield Theatres

London Theatre of the Year
sponsored by Managed Networks

Menier Chocolate Factory
Old Vic Theatre
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Fringe Theatre of the Year
sponsored by

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
Hope Theatre, London
New Diorama Theatre, London

Theatre Building of the Year
sponsored by Audience Systems

King’s Cross Theatre, London
Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool
Tara Theatre, London

Producer of the Year
sponsored by PRG XL Video

Fiery Angel
Kenny Wax Productions
Sonia Friedman Productions

School of the Year
sponsored by TodayTix

Musical Theatre Academy, London
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff
Urdang Academy, London

International Award
sponsored by Ambassador Theatre Group

Big in Belgium season at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Graeae Theatre Company
Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures

Sustainability Award
sponsored by GDS

London Theatre Consortium
Tara Theatre, London
The Handlebards

Innovation Award
sponsored by Charcoalblue

Les Enfants Terribles and Emma Brunjes Productions
New Diorama Theatre

About The Stage Awards

The Stage Awards highlight the achievements of theatre companies and individuals across the UK and globally.

The judging panel for The Stage Awards comprises: print editor Alistair Smith, online editor Paddy Smith, associate editor Mark Shenton, reviews editor Natasha Tripney and news editor Matthew Hemley.

The final shortlist is compiled following an open process, supplemented by the views of a focus group of 50 influential industry figures and senior writers for The Stage. The shortlist for each category except Unsung Hero (for which there is no shortlist) is announced in the December 22, 2016 issue of The Stage.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held on January 27, 2017 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London.

About The Stage

The Stage Media Company Limited provides news and services for the UK entertainment and performing arts industry. Established in 1880, The Stage is a must read for those with an involvement or interest in the performing arts industry in the UK and beyond, offering theatre news, reviews, advice and more. The newspaper is published every Thursday and is available to purchase for just £2.30 from newsagents around the country. It is also available for download as a digital edition. The website ( is read by 550,000 unique users a month. The Stage also publishes an annual list of the 100 most influential people in theatre and the performing arts, The Stage 100, and runs The Stage Awards, recognising the best organisations operating within the UK theatre industry. For further information please contact: