Leading industry publication The Stage has released its list of the 100 most influential people working in the UK theatre and performing arts industry and it features three LIPA Acting graduates.
Jamie Lloyd, Adam Penford (both 2001) and David Hutchinson (2009) have all been included in the annual list.
Director Jamie Lloyd is at number 10 and is praised for his radical interpretation of The Seagull, featuring Emilia Clarke and Indira Varma, the re-imagined Cyrano de Bergerac with James McEvoy and A Doll’s House with Jessica Chastain.
David Hutchinson is included in the Regional Theatre section for his leadership of international theatre producer Selladoor Worldwide, which has continued to expand. In 2022 it increased its venue portfolio by taking over operation of Key Theatre in Peterborough and organised international tours of Footloose and We Will Rock You.
Adam Penford, who is artistic director at Nottingham Playhouse, is also listed in the Regional Theatre section alongside the venue’s chief executive – Stephanie Sirr. Standout productions at Nottingham Playhouse last year included Alan Bennett’s The Clothes They Stood Up In, an open-air performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and new musical Identical. It also partnered with Hampstead Theatre to set up a new playwriting award.
Now in its 26th year The Stage 100 is compiled by editorial staff and leading industry figures. It is based on artistic achievement, financial performance, number of jobs created and impact on the performing arts sector over the past 12 months as well as overall standing within the industry.