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
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
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
Performer, writer and composer
Productions include: Mess, How to Win Against History, Milky Peaks
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
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
Productions include: Foxfinder, Trestle, The Funeral Director, Shook and Old Bridge
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
Productions include: Equus, Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner, The Mirror and the Light, Fairview, Blindness
Productions include: Is God Is, Romeo and Juliet, The Convert, The Knife of Dawn
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
Productions include: Isklander Trilogy – Plymouth Point, The Mermaid’s Tongue, The Kindling Hour, The Drop
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)
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
Productions include: The Almighty Sometimes, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Camp Siegfried
Artistic director and joint chief executive, Tara Theatre
Productions include: A Final Farewell, Swarm, The Mountaintop
Nominated by David Ian
Productions include: In the Heights, & Juliet, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾
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
Productions include: Leopoldstadt, Albion, Camp Siegfried
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