The h.Club 100: the winners



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We salute the innovators, visionaries and pioneers behind what’s now and what’s next.

London media gurus The Hospital Club and Time Out devised the h.Club 100: a search for the most original and influential people in the UK creative and media industries. Then we asked you to vote – and here are the results: the talent that is shaping the future.

Okay, there are actually not exactly 100 people on this list: Grayson Perry sneaked in twice and we’ve counted some multi-person projects as one entry. That's okay, though. It’s a reminder that this is a snapshot of where UK creativity, in all its messy brilliance, is at right now. It’s been an incredible year for the arts in the UK. In 2012 we fell for ‘Sherlock’ (again), cheered on ‘Matilda’ and cried at Danny Boyle’s Olympics curtain-raiser. From backroom boys to major stars, we salute the innovators, visionaries and pioneers behind what’s now and what’s next.

Is there someone we've missed? Browse the list below then tell us who you think should have made the Top 100 in the comments below.

  • Felix Barrett

    Felix Barrett creative director and founder of Punchdrunk theatre company

    ‘Immersive’ is a trendy word in theatre these days, but few companies pull it off like Punchdrunk. ‘Whether our projects create theatre for one person or large numbers, we are redefining what it is to be an audience,’ says Felix Barrett. ‘We’re about to do a show with Discover in Stratford for three to six-year-olds. The challenge remains: how can we transport them to somewhere else?’ The Old Street-based company has big things planned for London in 2013, and though previous work with brands like Stella Artois and PlayStation have been criticised, Barrett believes experimenting with someone else’s money means the next public show will benefit from innovation at a more accessible ticket price. ‘Sorry I can’t tell you what’s coming,’ he says, ‘but mystery and surprise are critical!’

  • Mark Ball

    artistic director and chief executive of Lift (London International Festival of Theatre)

    The brains behind a spectacular 2012 festival programme that included the marathon performances of ‘Gatz’.
    Follow Mark Ball here on Twitter

  • Vicky Featherstone

    artistic director/incoming artistic director at National Theatre of Scotland/Royal Court

    The NTS has pioneered theatre in Scotland since 2006. Recent London production ‘Enquirer’ was a huge hit. In 2013 Featherstone will take over as the first female artistic director at the Royal Court.
    Follow Vicky Featherstone here on Twitter

  • Richard Marsh

    writer and performer

    Marsh’s brilliant play, ‘Dirty Great Love Story’ (co-written with Katie Bonna), won a Fringe First at Edinburgh this summer. It comes to Soho Theatre in March.
    Follow Richard Marsh here on Twitter

  • Blanche McIntyre


    After her acclaimed productions of ‘Accolade’ and ‘Foxfinder’ at the Finborough, McIntyre was named a Time Out ‘One to Watch’ in 2012. She proved us right with her standout production of ‘The Only True History of Lizzie Finn’ at Southwark Playhouse.
    Follow Blanche McIntyre here on Twitter

  • Neil McPherson

    director at Finborough

    Theatre McPherson has established west London’s tiny, unsubsidised Finborough Theatre as one of the best in town with an audacious programme of new writing and obscure rediscoveries.
    Follow Neil McPherson here on Twitter

  • Tim Minchin


    Over the last year Minchin has become the darling of the West End, as co-writer of Olivier Award-winning hit ‘Matilda the Musical’ and after a critically acclaimed portrayal of Judas in the summer 2012 UK tour of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. He’s unstoppable.
    Follow Tim Minchin here on Twitter

  • Jenny Sealey

    artistic director of Graeae

    Graeae theatre company is a platform for deaf and disabled talent. Sealey was also co-director of the magnificent London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony.
    Follow Jenny Sealey here on Twitter

  • Sheridan Smith


    Smith has won two Olivier Awards in two consecutive years for her roles in ‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘Flare Path’. Her triumph in ‘Hedda Gabler’ suggests a serious star is born.
    Follow Sheridan Smith here on Twitter

  • Trevor White


    White lit up a revival of ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’ as cynical boozer Jamie.
    Follow Trevor White here on Twitter

Users say

Pan-London Dance Venues and Agencies Group
Pan-London Dance Venues and Agencies Group

No separate category for dance and only two choreographers in the whole list! This in no way represents the vibrancy and success of dance in the capital which is extraordinary not only in terms of the quality and range of creativity but also in the artform’s success in attracting audiences. A real shame that the list overlooked such an important part of London's cultural offer.


Surprised to not see Ben Whishaw here, as he was phenomenal both in The Hour and The Hollow Crown. Shocked even. Otherwise, good list.

Emma Hutchinson
Emma Hutchinson

Been wearing Tracey Neuls shoes for years. Well done her!


Errr - Shane meadows surely....


I would have included: Nicky Bullard - Creative Director at Lida for her work on Capital Bee & IKEA. Elspeth Lynn - Executive Creative Director at M&C Saatchi for her work on TFL & HP Sauce. Jeremy Garner - Executive Creative Director at Weapon7 for his work on, Unicef Pinning their hopes and Smart Car fortwo

aline waites
aline waites

Danielle Torento - winner of Oliver awards for musical theatre at Southwark Playhouse. The Opera Up Close company - Adam Spreadbury Maher, Robin Norton-Hale. Also winner of Olivier awards.


Just a bit confused as to why Hiddeleston is under TV when much of his recent work has taken place in film.Having said that the Hollow Crown Series was one of the best productions on TV this year and certainly reawakened my interest in both Shakespeare and the theatre.Just a shame that the scheduling did not allow it to pick up the audiences it could.I would like to have seen Thea Sharrock on the list .I had previously been luke warm about the Henry's but her Henry Vth spoke to my sensibilities.Being a bit of an elderly internet junky I have noticed the Hollow Crown series has opened up Shakespeare to an audience who had previously not appreciated his work and that down to the cast,directors and all the production team.

Polly Schomberg
Polly Schomberg

An inspiring list, but why no section for the Around Town, Museums & Attractions sector? There is so much wonderful creative talent in this area.


You picked the wrong horse to lead this article. Cumberbatch should have been your focus.

Sanaa Shaikh
Sanaa Shaikh

I am absolutely shocked that not even one Architect has appeared on this list. Architecture is the only form of art every single one of us experiences on a daily basis whether we like it or not and shapes our every day lives. I feel this list needs to be revised somewhat!