Brockley Jack wins a double at London Pub Theatres Awards 2023

The London Pub Theatres Awards 2023 were held at Upstairs at the Gatehouse  in Highgate Sunday 22 October. Designed to celebrate outstanding  achievements in the pub theatre environment, they cover pub theatres,  companies and individuals in 19 categories.

The Awards are run by London Pub  Theatres Magazine The Awards team is led by  Award-winning playwright David Weir and Editor Heather Jeffery.

Brockley Jack were double award winners, winning both LONDON PUB THEATRE OF THE YEAR and OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION VALUES for their Christmas show A CHRISTMAS CAROL.


PUB THEATRE OF THE YEAR 2023 is awarded to BROCKLEY JACK THEATRE in Lewisham led by Artistic Director Kate Bannister.  

“For their consistently adventurous and successful programming, the warm  welcome and knowledgeable assistance they provide to all visiting companies,  and for outstanding technical innovation” – Chris Lilly, Deputy Head Judge. Exceptional work at this venue has also won them a Standing Ovation Award  for Best Production Values for their in-house Christmas show A CHRISTMAS  CAROL.  

RUNNER UP for PUB THEATRE OF THE YEAR 2023 is awarded to ETCETERA THEATRE in Camden led by Otto Jäger. 

Etcetera Theatre has been supporting new writing, music gigs, and stand-up  comics since 1986, always offering a hospitable home to visiting theatre  makers big and small, especially those starting out on their journey. They have  a particular commitment to festivals, the Camden Fringe Festival started here, their black box festival runs twice a year and they have recently opened a  Women Writers Festival to debut in 2024. Offering access, freedom and variety, this is a theatre to treasure.

COMMENDATION FOR SERVICES TO NEW WRITING is awarded to Artistic Director Lisa Spirling and Literary Manager Steve Harper and team at THEATRE503 in Battersea 

“Having seen their alumni nominated in four separate categories (Actor,  Supporting Actor, Direction, and New Play Raising Awareness), Artistic Director  Lisa Spirling and Literary Manager Steve Harper, and their team at Theatre 503,  took home their own London Pub Theatre Magazine’s Standing Ovation Award,  a Commendation for Services to New Writing. Their commitment to, and  resourcing of, first time writers has made them one of the country’s principal  sources of new writing, the single most essential ingredient in any future  theatre development.” – Chris Lilly, Deputy Head Judge 

COMMENDATION for OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT is awarded to  Zena Barrie and Michelle Flower, founders and directors of CAMDEN FRINGE  FESTIVAL since 2006.  

Over 300 productions in 24 different north London venues made this year’s  Camden Fringe Festival, the 17th since its inception in 2006, the biggest and  busiest yet. Seeking to emulate some of the buzz and media interest of the  

Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the heart of London, the Camden Fringe Festival  has made a major contribution in giving opportunities to emerging theatre  artists and established artists to show their work, get reviewed and get  programmed.  


Most recently for LEAR ALONE as Lear at Golden Goose Theatre (2023), POWER  LUNCHEON as Churchill at The Hope (2022) and DEATH OF A HUNTER as Ernest  Hemingway at Finborough (2018). Dehn appeared in the Finborough Theatre’s  very first production in 1980. But his career spans back to 1979 in repertory  

theatre for a 9-month season playing Mr Manningham, Banquo and Judge  Brack amongst other roles.


ACTORS AWARD: Áine Ryan for KITTY IN THE LANE at Jack Studio Theatre  

BEST PRODUCTION: THE RETURN OF BENJAMIN LAY by Naomi Wallace, Directed by Ron Daniels,  Arsalan Sattari Productions at Finborough Theatre 

BEST PRODUCTION (MUSICAL): SUMMER IN THE CITY by Jennifer Selway, Directed by John Plews, Produced by  Ovation at Upstairs at the Gatehouse 

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION VALUES: A CHRISTMAS CAROL in-house production at Jack Studio Theatre 

ADAPTATION : ANIMAL FARM adapted by Paul Stebbing, directed by Gaspard Legendre at The  Golden Goose Theatre & on TOUR 

COMEDY: YIPPEE KI YAY written and performed by Richard Marsh at King’s Head Theatre 

SOLO SHOW (written by the performer): Mark Farrelly for THE SILENCE OF SNOW on tour (including several pub  theatres) 

NEW WRITING: Aine Ryan for PADDY GOES TO PETRA at Jack Studio Theatre 

DUOLOGUE/TWO HANDER: Douglas Clarke-Wood and Tallulah Bond in SCORCHED by Tallulah Bond at  Etcetera Theatre 

SUPPORTING ROLE: Catherine Warnock as actor-musician and for her original score in BLACK CAT  by Edgar Allan Poe at King’s Head Theatre 

ENSEMBLE ACTING: MAKESHIFTS / REALITIES / HONOUR THY FATHER at Finborough Theatre. Cast: Poppy Allen-Quarmby, Joe Eyre, Andrew Hawkins, Beth Lilly, Philippa  Quinn, Akshay Sharan, Suzan Syvester

DIRECTOR: Keith Strachan for NEXT DOOR’S BABY and ABOUT BILL both at Theatre at the  Tabard 

BLACK BOX THEATRE: HOW WE BEGIN by Elisabeth Lewerenz, premiered at King’s Head Theatre 

INNOVATIVE PLAY: Jan Noble for BODY 115 at The Hope Theatre 

NEW PLAY RAISING AWARENESS: VITAMIN D by Saher Shah at Rosemary Branch (Look for the Woman festival) 

Photography: Ross Kernahan  

The Awards are run by London Pub Theatres Magazine  


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