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The Stage unveils The Stage 25

To celebrate 25 years of The Stage 100, The Stage last week announced a new list celebrating 25 individuals or partnerships tipped to become the future stars of the UK theatre industry.

The Stage unveils The Stage 25
Alistair Smith: “The array of superb talent included in this list should give us all great hope for its future.”

First published in 1997, The Stage 100 traditionally reflects the 100 most influential people working in the theatre and performing arts industry. For 2022, following another year that has challenged theatre to its limits, The Stage chose instead to look forward to celebrate those likely to leave their mark as the industry recovers.

The Stage 25 comprises 25 theatremakers The Stage believes will go on to great things over the next quarter-century and become stalwarts of future editions of The Stage 100. Some of those featuring in The Stage 25 are at the very beginning of their careers; others are more established. The only criteria for entry was that the individual must not have previously featured in The Stage 100.

The Stage 25 includes performers, producers, directors, designers, writers, theatremakers of all different kinds. To compile the list, The Stage canvassed 50 industry experts along with senior theatre journalists. The suggestions were then considered by a judging panel made up of senior staff and writers who chose 19 of the 25 entries.

The final six entries were personally championed by some of theatre’s highest-profile figures – former number ones from previous editions of The Stage 100 including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sonia Friedman and Cameron Mackintosh, who were keen to help celebrate and help promote the next generation of theatrical talent.

Alistair Smith, editor of The Stage said: “The Stage 100 is 25 years old and we wanted to mark this milestone, but it felt like the wrong moment to be looking backwards. Instead, we thought now was the time to celebrate the future of theatre. So, this year we are delighted to present The Stage 25 – 25 superb theatremakers we believe will go on to great things over the next quarter-century and become stalwarts of future editions of The Stage 100.

“The Stage 25 includes performers, producers, directors, designers, writers, theatremakers of all different kinds who share one thing in common: they make us excited about the future of our industry.

“With Covid cancellations across the country, this can sometimes feel like an unremittingly bleak time for theatre, but the array of superb talent included in this list should give us all great hope for its future.”

The Stage 25 in full

Atri Banerjee


Productions include: Harm, Hobson’s Choice, Utopia

Daniel Brodie and Matt Parritt


Productions include: On Blueberry Hill, Misty, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, The Rocky Horror Show, The King and I, Anything Goes, Death Drop

Emily Burns

Nominated by Sonia Friedman

Director and writer

Productions include: The Comeback, National Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet

Ryan Calais Cameron

Actor, writer and artistic director

Productions include, as actor: Mogadishu, The Westbridge, The Dug Out. As writer: For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy, Typical, Queens of Sheba (co-written with Jessica L Hagan), Rhapsody, Retrograde

David Cumming, Felix Hagan, Natasha Hodgson and Zoe Roberts


Productions include: Operation Mincemeat

Seiriol Davies

Performer, writer and composer

Productions include: Mess, How to Win Against History, Milky Peaks

Fly Davis

Set and Costume Designer

Productions include: Ocean at the End of the Lane, Caroline, Or Change, Groan Ups, Pericles at the National, Othello at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Sha Dessi

Nominated by Cameron Mackintosh


Productions include: Les Misérables

Carly Mercedes Dyer

Nominated by Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire


Productions include: Anything Goes, West Side Story, A Chorus Line

Chris Foxon and George Turvey

Papatango Theatre

Productions include: Foxfinder, Trestle, The Funeral Director, Shook and Old Bridge

Ameena Hamid


Productions include: Death Drop, Wonderville, The Show Must Go On! Live, Dick Whittington, The Wiz

Shanay Holmes and Chris Steward


Productions include: West End Musical Brunch, West End Musical Celebration, West End Musical Drive In

Jessica Hung Han Yun

Lighting designer

Productions include: Equus, Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner, The Mirror and the Light, Fairview, Blindness

Ola Ince


Productions include: Is God Is, Romeo and Juliet, The Convert, The Knife of Dawn

Nimmo Ismail

Nominated by Vicky Featherstone

Director and writer

Work includes, as director: Holding Space, Glee and Me, The Christmas Star, Fragments.

As writer: Three Dales, New Ways of Looking, Hatch

Ollie Jones and Clem Garritty

Swamp Motel

Productions include: Isklander Trilogy – Plymouth Point, The Mermaid’s Tongue, The Kindling Hour, The Drop

Amy Letman

Creative director, Transform, Leeds

Productions include: The Believers Are But Brothers (Javaad Alipoor), The Darkest Corners (RashDash), Idol (Jamal Gerald), When It Breaks It Burns (coletivA ocupação)

Lorn Macdonald


Productions include: Trainspotting, Mouthpiece, Declan, Life Is a Dream

Evie Manning and Rhiannon White

Co-artistic directors, Common Wealth Theatre, Bradford and Cardiff

Productions include: Our Glass House, No Guts, No Heart, No Glory, We’re Still Here

Katy Rudd


Productions include: The Almighty Sometimes, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Camp Siegfried

Abdul Shayek

Artistic director and joint chief executive, Tara Theatre

Productions include: A Final Farewell, Swarm, The Mountaintop

Luke Sheppard

Nominated by David Ian


Productions include: In the Heights, & Juliet, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾

Arielle Smith


Productions include: Lots.Of.Varied.Expectations, Jolly Folly

Lucy St Louis

Nominated by Andrew Lloyd Webber


Productions include: The Phantom of the Opera, Motown the Musical, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Man of La Mancha

Luke Thallon


Productions include: Leopoldstadt, Albion, Camp Siegfried

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