The S&S Award is one of the UK’s most prominent prizes for new musical theatre writing. It is given in memory of the renowned hoteliers Sidney and Sylvia Brown, who were known affectionately in their lifetimes as “S&S”.
The Award is presented to the best new unproduced musical of the year as judged by an international panel of industry luminaries, including Nica Burns of Nimax Theatres, Nikolai Foster of Leicester Curve and Kent Nicholson of Playwrights’ Horizons in New York.
The S&S Award is presented in conjunction with Leicester Curve.
The Award winners receive a week’s development retreat at Leicester Curve with a professional director, cast and musical director, without the pressure of a presentation. This is followed by a London Industry Showcase at a later date. The winning writers are formally presented with the Award at the annual S&S Award Gala at London’s The Other Palace, in front of a celebrity industry audience, Previous presenters have included Michael Ball, Don Black, Nigel Harman and Janie Dee.
In 2011 the playwright/lyricist Warner Brown and his mother Sylvia inaugurated The Sidney Brown Memorial Award in honour of the late Sidney Brown, father and husband to them both respectively. They were supported in this both practically and inspirationally by literary agent Caroline Underwood and theatre producer Neil Marcus. Sadly Sylvia died in February 2013 and Warner and Caroline re-launched the award as The S&S Award, now commemorating both Sidney and Sylvia.
About The S & S Award