About the Brickenden Awards

Why do the Brickendens exist?

To celebrate and acknowledge excellence in independent theatre in London, in recognition of the continued burgeoning of new and non-mainstream theatre groups in London since the mid-90s.

The Brickenden Board

The Brickenden Board consists of the Chairperson and administration. The Board governs all aspects of the Brickenden Awards. They present annual awards recognizing outstanding work in all aspects of live independent theatre staged in London during the previous year.

Board members are committed individuals with a love of and varied experience in live theatre. For example, theatre columnists; those with experience in arts administration; those who have been involved in live theatre, but currently are not actively involved; members of the media with an interest in the arts; or avid theatregoers.

Board Members

  • Jane Hanbuch – Chair
  • Keith Tomasek – Treasurer
  • Christine Gruenbauer – Secretary
  • Cora Linden – Juror Liaison
  • Michael James Brown
  • Hilary Montgomery
  • Jeremy Greenway
  • Morgan van Holst

The Brickenden Juror Panels

Core and Youth panel members endeavor to view a minimum of 75% of all registered productions. This means that a minimum of 5 Core panel members will have seen every registered production; in the case of Youth productions, a minimum of 3 panel members. Original Script panel members read all registered original scripts.

Core Panel Members

  • Deb Laverty
  • Hilary Montgomery
  • Irene De Salaiz
  • Jane Hanbuch
  • Pam Fraser
  • Robin Rundle Drake

Youth Panel Members

  • Angela Burwash
  • Joanna Kerr
  • Karen Bailey
  • Susan Price

Original Script Panel Members

  • Jeremy Greenway
  • Matt Loop
  • Peter Janes
  • Rod Keith
  • Rosemary Moreau

Awards Categories

Awards are presented in the following categories:

outstanding director of the year
Actor – Male
outstanding actor of the year
Actor – Female
outstanding actor of the year
Supporting Actor – Male
outstanding supporting actor of the year
Supporting Actor – Female
outstanding supporting actor of the year
outstanding lighting design of the year
outstanding set design of the year (including props)
outstanding sound design of the year
outstanding costume design of the year
outstanding makeup design of the year
Original Script
outstanding original script by a local playwright
outstanding drama production of the year
Youth Drama
outstanding drama production produced by a cast and crew under the age of 17
Youth Musical
outstanding musical production produced by a cast and crew under the age of 17
Musical Production
outstanding musical production of the year
outstanding comedy production of the year — includes any form of comedy based on a script (i.e. does not include stand-up comedy, ventriloquism or novelty acts unless they have been encompassed within a play)

Nominations are made by the juror panels and the public from the list of eligible registered productions at the end of December. When the nomination process is complete, the juror panels and the public (via an online vote) select the award recipients in all categories. The awards are presented at an awards ceremony in January.

One award is selected solely by the Board. The Chris Doty Award is given to an individual or organization to honour their lifelong contributions to theatre in London.

Eligibility & Registration

For detailed information about production eligibility or to register your production, visit the Register a Production page.


If you are unsure if your production is eligible or have questions, please contact the Brickenden Awards Committee.