Newcastle’s Alphabetti Theatre has been awarded Fringe Theatre of the Year at The Stage Awards 2023, in association with Tysers Insurance Brokers. The annual awards celebrate excellence in British theatre and this year’s shortlist features theatres and organisations across the UK.
The Fringe Theatre of the Year category, sponsored by Encore Insure, saw Alphabetti Theatre compete against Little Angel Theatre, London and Omnibus Theatre, London. Alphabetti is recognised as an award–winning, artist–led performance space for the North East. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Alphabetti was formed by Ali Pritchard in 2012 to meet the demand for a fringe venue in Newcastle and the North East, ensuring the development of the performing arts in the region and improving opportunities for Newcastle’s emerging artists.
Despite being the city’s smallest producing house – it has a main 80–seat space and a new similar–capacity cabaret stage – the independent venue punches above its weight, both in terms of its artist–led programming and its extensive offstage work, which ranges from mental–health support for staff to becoming a warm space for its community this winter.
The Stage Awards in association with Tysers Insurance Brokers celebrate the very best
achievements in UK theatre during the past 12 months. The awards recognise performing arts organisations and teams who have been making fantastic work and those helping to shape and rebuild the sector for the better.