The Stage Awards 2019 winners include Sonia Friedman, Bush Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre
The awards reward endeavours by producers and theatres across the UK
The winners of The Stage Awards for 2019 have been revealed.
Sonia Friedman picked up the award for Producer of the Year for the fourth time, following West End productions including The Inheritance, Summer and Smoke and The Jungle all within the last twelve months.
Battersea Arts Centre, which completed its major rebuilding project this year following huge destruction during a fire in 2015, was awarded the Theatre Building of the Year Award.
The Regional Theatre of the Year Award went to Nottingham Playhouse, which has mounted productions including The Madness of George III with Mark Gatiss and Sweet Charity in the last year. The Bush Theatre was named London Theatre of the Year, with shows like Misty transferring to the West End.
Other winners included The Barn, Cirencester for Fringe Theatre of the Year (having only been open for 10 months), and Pat Nelder from Theatr Clwyd, who won the Unsung Hero award. Nelder has worked at the venue in Mold since 1977, and is now a capital development associate there.
The New Diorama Theatre in north London won the Innovation Award for its new programming model to support emerging theatre companies, while the School of the Year was won by Open Door, which provides training and financial support for 18 to 25 year-olds from low-income households and is part-funded by Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.
The Sustainability Award was given to the west London Lyric Hammersmith, while the Hijinx Theatre won the International Award, following its major touring projects across the globe.
Organisations and the public were invited to nominate between October and November 2018, following which 30 industry figures and writers for The Stage considered the nominees. The shortlist was then decided on by a judging panel of Stage writers and editors including Alistair Smith, Lyn Gardner and Natasha Tripney.
Tripney said: "It's a pleasure to recognise the theatres that are changing the shape of the industry both via the work they programme, the people they work with and the level of support they are able to offer theatremakers, both in London, at the Bush Theatre and the New Diorama, and around the UK.
"New initiatives like Open Door are making it possible for talented young people to overcome financial barriers into the industry. Hijinx is touring inclusive theatre internationally, changing preconceptions. These are developments worth celebrating.
The full list of winners and nominees
Regional Theatre of the Year
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Theatr Clwyd, Mold
London Theatre of the Year
Young Vic Theatre
Fringe Theatre of the Year
Barn Theatre, Cirencester
Omnibus Theatre, London
Vault Festival, London
Theatre Building of the Year
Battersea Arts Centre, London
Bristol Old Vic
Royal Opera House, London
Producer of the Year
Sonia Friedman Productions
School of the Year
Great Torrington School, Devon
Open Door, London and East Midlands
Young Lyric at the Lyric Hammersmith, London
Hijinx Theatre, Cardiff
National Theatre Scotland, Glasgow
New International Encounter, Cambridge and Hvalstad
Talking Birds for The Difference Engine captioning software
New Diorama Theatre, London for its programming model
National Theatre and Spotlight for ProFile, a video casting database for D/deaf and disabled actors
Julie's Bicycle and Arts Council England for the Accelerator Programme
Lyric Hammersmith, London
National Theatre, London
Pat Nelder, capital development associate at Theatr Clwyd