Mark Thomas has been awarded The Stage Special Award, joining previous recipients including Chris Goode and Pip Utton.
The award, which will be presented to Thomas on Friday 26 August, honours his sustained excellence at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Referring to the comedian, theatremaker and activist, The Stage's reviews editor Natasha Tripney said: "Mark Thomas is a deserving winner of The Stage Special Award. His work has always straddled comedy, theatre and activism.
"His presence at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has often made a significant impact and his current show, The Red Shed, is one of his strongest to date, revisiting his political awakening while also exploring the stories we tell ourselves and the ways in which we tell them."
Other winners of this year's Stage Edinburgh Awards include Charlotte Josephine for her performance in Blush, Kill the Beast for Don't Wake the Damp and Liam Brennan for his performance in Diary of a Madman.
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