Following a successful 50th anniversary year we are starting starting 2024 in style, with a major, UK-wide award nomination and several critical accolades for our past work, leadership and upcoming programme.

We have been shortlisted for the Theatre of the Year Award at the prestigious The Stage Awards 2024, along with fellow nominees the Almeida Theatre, London; Birmingham Rep; Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London; National Theatre, London and Watermill Theatre, Newbury. Announcing the shortlist, The Stage described the Sherman as “a theatre making work that is both firmly rooted in its local community but of a genuinely world-class standard”. The winner of this, one of the UK theatre scene’s most prestigious awards, will be announced at the awards ceremony on Monday 29 January at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London.

There has been recognition too of the company’s leadership; this month The Stage named our Artistic Director Joe Murphy and Chief Executive Julia Barry in its Stage 100 2024 list. The list of the most influential performing arts creatives in the sector is published annually, and this year included senior staff at Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Theatr Clwyd. It also named Rosie Sheehy, who starred in Sherman Theatre and National Theatre’s co-production Romeo and Julie last year, as a Rising Star.

Romeo and Julie was also included in The Stage’s Top 50 Shows of 2023, as was Housemates, our acclaimed co-production with Hijinx.

Artistic Director Joe Murphy said: “We’re delighted to start this year with so much high-profile recognition of both our recent achievements and our forthcoming ambitions. Working with some of Wales’ most exciting artists, this year’s programme presents a vision of south Wales that will resonate far and wide.”

Chief Executive Julia Barry said: “All of these endorsements are a credit to our team; the staff, trustees, volunteers and freelance community who bring incredible talent, commitment and energy to this theatre on a daily basis. What a great start to 2024.

“This year does bring some uncertainty for our sector in Wales, and there’s no doubt that many challenges will have to be faced in the coming months. But we remain focused on creating work that really resonates with our audiences and it’s a welcome boost to our forthcoming programme to know that others are as excited about it as we are.”

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