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Black British Theatre Awards 2020: ALL WINNERS – Rakie Ayola, wins best female actor for On Bear Ridge and Best Production goes to Death of a Salesman, Young Vic

2020 has been a landmark year for the theatre community, with unprecedented challenges presented by the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions, as well as, the global call for racial justice, equity, and inclusion across all aspects of society. 

In its first televised year, the Black British Theatre Awards will champion intersectional representation with two new award categories— ‘The Disability Champion Award’ presented by actress Indra Ové and ‘LGBTQ+ Champion Award’ presented by the performer and trans activist Mzz Kimberley Tatum (Pride Power List 2020).

Winners Best Female and Male Actor Rakie Ayola and Valentine Olukoga, The Fishermen

In a year where we’ve seen theatres and artists utilise technology to engage global audiences in the magic of theatre, this year’s ceremony features the new ‘Best Use Of Innovation And Technology Award’ presented by Hakeem Onibudo (Artistic Director, Impact Dance). 

The 2020 Black British Theatre Awards is presented in partnership with headline sponsor Sky Arts, and with sponsorship provided by iMusical, Beats by Dre, Sheer Chemistry, Urdang Academy, Link Talent, Bird College and Guildford School of Acting. 

The 2020 Black British Theatre Awards winners are:

BEST DIRECTOR AWARD FOR A PLAY OR MUSICAL

Nadia Latif, Fairview, Young Vic Theatre

BEST PRODUCER AWARD

Adrian Grant, Thriller Live, Lyric Theatre

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER AWARD [Televised]

Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy MBE, REDD, Barbican Theatre

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE IN A DANCE PRODUCTION AWARD [Televised]

Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy MBE, REDD, Barbican Theatre

BEST DANCE PRODUCTION AWARD

Ingoma, Ballet Black, Theatre Royal Stratford East

BEST USE OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY

Nicole Raquel Dennis and Ryan Carter, Turn Up, Cadogan Hall

LIGHT AND SOUND RECOGNITION AWARD

Carmen Wright

COSTUME DESIGN RECOGNITION AWARD

Natalie Pryce

BOOK AND LYRICS RECOGNITION AWARD

Arinzé Kene

MUSICAL DIRECTOR RECOGNITION AWARD

Ian Oakley

CASTING DIRECTOR RECOGNITION AWARD

Isabella Odoffin

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A PLAY AWARD

Valentine Olukoga, The Fishermen

Presenter: Indra Ove


BEST DIRECTOR AWARD FOR A PLAY OR MUSICAL

Nadia Latif, Fairview, Young Vic Theatre

BEST PRODUCER AWARD

Adrian Grant, Thriller Live, Lyric Theatre

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER AWARD

Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy MBE, REDD, Barbican Theatre

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE IN A DANCE PRODUCTION AWARD

Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy MBE, REDD, Barbican Theatre 

BEST DANCE PRODUCTION AWARD

Ingoma, Ballet Black, Theatre Royal Stratford East

BEST USE OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY

Nicole Raquel Dennis and Ryan Carter, Turn Up, Cadogan Hall

LIGHT AND SOUND RECOGNITION AWARD

Carmen Wright

COSTUME DESIGN RECOGNITION AWARD

Natalie Pryce

BOOK AND LYRICS RECOGNITION AWARD

Arinzé Kene

MUSICAL DIRECTOR RECOGNITION AWARD

Ian Oakley

CASTING DIRECTOR RECOGNITION AWARD

Isabella Odoffin

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A PLAY AWARD

Valentine Olukoga, The Fishermen

BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A PLAY AWARD

Rakie Ayola, On Bear Ridge 

BEST SUPPORTING MALE ACTOR IN A PLAY AWARD

Nari Blair-Mangat, Cyrano de Bergerac

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE ACTOR IN A PLAY AWARD

Cherrelle Skeete, The High Table

BEST PRODUCTION PLAY AWARD

Death of a Salesman, Young Vic

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL AWARD

Noah Thomas, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL AWARD

Miriam-Teak Lee, & Juliet

BEST SUPPORTING MALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL AWARD

Nicholas McLean, Wicked

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL AWARD

Nicole Raquel Dennis, Dear Evan Hansen

BEST MUSICAL PRODUCTION AWARD

Thriller Live

LGBTQ+ CHAMPION AWARD 

Layton Williams

DISABILITY CHAMPION AWARD

Rachel Nwokoro

BEST TEACHER OF PERFORMING ARTS AS A SUBJECT AWARD

David Blake, WAC Arts 

BEST RECENT GRADUATE AWARD

Tonye Scott-Obene, Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Shirley Thompson OBE

Black British Theatre Awards was founded by Co-Founders & Directors Solange Urdang and Omar F Okai. The Sky Arts partnership was facilitated by Simone Pennant at the TV Collective and  Black British Theatre Awards Head of Partnerships & Strategy Karina H Maynard.

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