The Stage Debut Awards 2023 date and host announced

The Stage Debut Awards have announced their return in 2023.

The only awards dedicated to recognising breakthrough theatre talent, the latest ceremony will take place on 1 October, hosted at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London.

Presented in association with headline sponsor Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), it will be the seventh event since its inception in 2017, will be held for the second year running in association with headline sponsor Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), and hosted at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London.

Legendary Drag Artist Divina De Campo, who is currently starring in The SpongeBob Musical, will host the ceremony.

The award categories include: 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 winner of the Best West End Debut Performer is the only category to be determined by a public vote.

Commenting on his ambitions for this year’s Debut Awards, The Stage editor Alistair Smith, said: “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.”

Previous winners in last year’s awards included Jodie Comer and the ensemble for Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy, Mark Akintimehin, Emmanuel Akwafo, Nnabiko Ejimofor, Darragh Hand, Aruna Jalloh, Kaine Lawrence, who jointly picked up the prize for Best Performer in a Play.

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