The Stage Debut Awards 2022 – Winners Announced

Last Updated on 20th September 2022

Winners of The Stage Debut Awards 2022 were announced on Sunday 18th September 2022. The awards held in association with ATG celebrated emerging theatre talent around the UK.

The Stage Debut Awards 2022

During a star-studded evening celebrating the best-emerging theatre talent in the UK, the winners of The Stage Debut Awards 2022 have been announced.

Prima Facie Harold Pinter Theatre
Jodie Comer in Prima Facie. Photo: Helen Murray.

Jodie Comer (Killing Eve, Doctor Foster) is among this year’s winners, receiving the Best West End Debut Performer award for her blistering performance in Prima Facie at the Harold Pinter Theatre. The entire ensemble of For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy have received the award for Best Performer in a Play, the first time the award has ever been presented collectively to a group of performers. Mark Akintimehin, Emmanuel Akwafo, Nnabiko Ejimofor, Darragh Hand, Aruna Jalloh and Kaine Lawrence were honoured for their moving performances at the New Diorama and the Royal Court, alongside Elisabeth Gunawan for Unforgettable Girl at Voila! Europe Theatre Festival. Elijah Ferreira took home the Best Performer in a Musical award for Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Leeds Playhouse, and Best Director was awarded to Monique Touko for Malindadzimu at Hampstead Theatre.

Stage Debut Awards 2022
T K Hay. Photo: Alex Brenner

Further ground-breaking debut work honoured at this year’s awards includes the Best Writer award to Tyrell Williams for Red Pitch at the Bush Theatre and TK Hay’s Best Designer win for the set and costume for An Adventure at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton. John Patrick Elliott took home the Best Composer, Lyricist or Book Writer award for Cruise at the Duchess Theatre, and the Best Creative West End Debut award went to Julia Cheng for her choreography for Cabaret at the Playhouse Theatre.

Stage Debut Awards 2022
Jacob Jackson and Elijah Ferreira. Photo: Alex Brenner

Winners were announced at an awards ceremony on Sunday 18th September at 8 Northumberland Avenue, with the ceremony live streamed via Facebook. The ceremony featured performances from Samuel Thomas (The Last Five Years) and Shan Ako (Hamilton), Frances Mayli-McCann (Bonnie & Clyde) and Natalie Paris (Six the Musical), and was hosted by BAFTA Award-winning actor Susan Wokoma.

The Stage Debut Awards
Elisabeth Gunawan. Photo: Alex Brenner

Alistair Smith, Editor of The Stage, commented, Congratulations to all our winners. Looking at this extraordinary array of emerging artists – and a couple of more established names – we can all be confident that the future of theatre in the UK is in incredibly exciting hands. I cannot wait to see what all these supremely talented theatremakers do next.

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The Stage Debut Awards – Winners in Full

Best Performer in a Play:

  • Elisabeth Gunawan for Unforgettable Girl at Voila! Europe Theatre Festival
  • Ensemble of For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy at the New Diorama and Royal Court, London (Mark Akintimehin, Emmanuel Akwafo, Nnabiko Ejimofor, Darragh Hand, Aruna Jalloh, Kaine Lawrence)

Best Performer in a Musical – sponsored by Carnival Cruise Line

• Elijah Ferreira for Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Leeds Playhouse

Best Director – sponsored by Theatredor

• Monique Touko for Malindadzimu at the Hampstead Theatre, London

Best Designer

• TK Hay (set and costume) for An Adventure at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Best Writer – sponsored by Sonia Friedman Productions

• Tyrell Williams for Red Pitch at the Bush Theatre, London

Best Composer, Lyricist or Book Writer

• John Patrick Elliott for Cruise at the Duchess Theatre, London

Best West End Debut Performer

• Jodie Comer for Prima Facie at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London

Best Creative West End Debut – sponsored by Trafalgar Entertainment

• Julia Cheng (choreographer) for Cabaret at the Playhouse Theatre

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