The UK Theatre Awards has named Mark Gatiss as its 2023 recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre award.
Gatiss will be honoured at next month’s ceremony, taking place on 8 October at London’s Guildhall (see the nominees here).
The UK Theatre Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Gatiss, who rose to fame as a member of The League of Gentlemen comedy group, has been recognised for his work as a writer, director, producer, author and actor.
According to UK Theatre Awards: “Regional theatre has been at the heart of his long and varied career. From directing productions like The Unfriend at Chichester Festival Theatre and The Way Old Friends Do at Birmingham Rep, to starring in productions like the Madness Of King George III and his own adaptation of A Christmas Carol (both at the Nottingham Playhouse), it is clear to see his commitment to making world class productions in regional theatre, which he acknowledges as ‘the lifeblood of the industry’.”
His other stage work includes Coriolanus (Donmar Warehouse), The Boys In The Band (Park/Vaudeville Theatres) and Three Days In The Country (National Theatre). In December he will reprise his role as Sir John Gielgud in The Motive and The Cue, which transfers to the Noël Coward Theatre.
Gatiss said: “I’m very flattered and delighted to receive this unexpected honour. The theatre holds a very special place in my blackened old heart, and it’s been a delight to have been so thoroughly immersed in it in recent years.”