The h.Club 100: the winners
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 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!’
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’.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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.
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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.
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White lit up a revival of ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’ as cynical boozer Jamie.
Follow Trevor White here on Twitter