The Stage 100 - In Full

This week marks the release of The Stage 100, our annual list of the great and the good in UK theatre.

As revealed on this site yesterday, Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire - the joint chief executives of Ambassador Theatre Group - have come top, displacing last year’s winner Cameron Mackintosh, as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber - the most successful entrant in the history of The Stage 100.

But, we’re sure you’re interested to find out who else has made the list in full. So, for your consideration, please find below the Stage 100, in full.

Although, if you want to read our justifications for each entrant you’ll have to pop into a newsagent and pick up a copy of The Stage, dated December 30, 2009. It’s a special Stage 100 edition, with lots of special features and a full break down of both the Stage 100 and the new state of theatre ownership in the UK.

Meanwhile, you can also listen to our podcast discussion of the list here.

Also, if you disagree with our decisions, please do leave a comment at the bottom. Also, from next week, we’ll be running a readers’ Stage 100, so you’ll have an opportunity to vote for your favourite online. Please check back in the new year.

The full top twenty is as follows [last year’s position]:

  1. Howard Panter/Rosemary Squire (ATG) [5]
  2. Cameron Mackintosh (producer/ theatre owner)[1]
  3. Andrew Lloyd Webber (producer/ theatre owner / composer) [2]
  4. Michael Grandage (Donmar Warehouse) [3=]
  5. Nicholas Hytner (National Theatre) [3=]
  6. Nica Burns / Max Weitzenhoffer (Nimax)[7]
  7. Dominic Cooke (Royal Court Theatre)[13]
  8. Bill Kenwright (Bill Kenwright Ltd) [6]
  9. Michael Boyd (RSC) [8]
  10. Kevin Spacey/ Sally Greene (Old Vic Theatre) [11]
  11. Nick Thomas / Jon Conway (Qdos Entertainment) [9]
  12. Sonia Friedman (Sonia Friedman Productions) [12]
  13. David Pugh / Dafydd Rogers (producers) [18]
  14. David Babani (Menier Chocolate Factory) [New Entry]
  15. Jonathan Church (Chichester Festival Theatre) [16]
  16. Bill Taylor (Stage Entertainment) [15]
  17. Rupert Goold (director)[14]
  18. Alex Poots (Manchester International Festival)[19]
  19. John Barrowman (entertainer)[New Entry]
  20. Mark Rylance (actor) [New Entry]

New Entry denotes new entry into top 20, not Stage 100

And the rest, by category

N denotes New Entry. i.e. they were not in last year’s Stage 100. There were 38 new entrants in total.


Howard Davies, Marianne Elliott , Jeremy Herrin (N) Simon McBurney (N) Sam Mendes /Caro Newling (N), Katie Mitchell, Trevor Nunn, Ian Rickson (N) Max Stafford Clarke (N), Matthew Warchus

London venues

Michael Attenborough, Marcus Davey, Dominic Dromgoole, Mehmet Ergen & Leyla Nazli (N), Sean Holmes (N) David Jubb / David Micklem, Jude Kelly, Nicolas Kent (N), David Lan, Kerry Michael, Josie Rourke, Timothy Sheader (N), Graham Sheffield


Judy Craymer, Michael Harrison, David Ian, Richard Jordan, Michael McCabe (N), Kim Poster, Nick Salmon / Matthew Byam Shaw (N), James Seabright (N), Thomas Schumacher (N), Edward Snape, Paul Walden and Derek Nicol (N), Kenny Wax, Carole Winter / Michael Edwards (N)


Hedda Beeby, Gemma Bodinetz, Ian Brown, Vicky Featherstone / John Tiffany, Andy Field / Debbie Pearson (N), Peter Hall, Tania Harrison, Paul Kerryson, Danny Moar (N), Braham Murray / Greg Hersov / Sarah Frankcom, Laurie Sansom (N) John Stalker, Rachel Tackley (N)


Michael Ball, Rebecca Hall (N), Clare Higgins, Rory Kinnear (N), Jude Law (N), Adrian Lester (N), Ian McKellen (N), Clive Rowe (N), Simon Russell Beale, Rachel Weisz (N), Samuel West


Alan Ayckbourn, Alan Bennett (N), Richard Bean, Jez Butterworth (N), Lee Hall, David Hare, Lucy Prebble (N), Polly Stenham, Simon Stephens (N), Roy Williams


Felix Barrett, Jon Bausor (N), Miriam Buether (N), Ultz (N)

Opera / Dance

Carlos Acosta (N), Matthew Bourne, Daniel Kramer (N), Antonio Pappano/ Monica Mason, Arlene Phillips (N), Alistair Spalding


Where's Daniel Boys in the list?!

Good to see Rylance and Lester on the list. But where are Dame Judi and Sir Derek?

Surely Featherstone, Stalker and Tiffany are not REGIONAL centurions. They work for theatres in the NATION of Scotland. Scotland is one of the three nations (or is four) of the UNITED KINGDOM. Are any of your people from Wales and Northern Ireland?

Kyle - we don't care.

I haven't heard of half the people on this list. Is that because they're so "powerful"?

Glad to see Alex Poots in the top 20 yet again. Doing great things for Manchester and Live Performance in general! Roll on the next festival.

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Tim Crouch's plays are without doubt amongst the most exciting being written in the English language at least. His works deal with important themes, both epic and personal, he's challenging the form of theatre and asking us as audiences to reconsider who we are and what we're doing.... His name should be on that list!

Surely the name of William Dudley should be included in the Design section. Consistently interesting true innovation was brought to Kensington Gardens and latterly adjacent to the 02 arena with the awe-inspiring magic he brought to "Peter Pan". Whereas your contender Ultz slipped many notches with his design for the Young Vic "Annie, Get Your Gun".

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