The list includes performers, directors, producers and more, and is based on ongoing success, achievements in the last 12 months, business success, vision and ability to affect change for the better. The RADA alumni included on the list are:
- 90: Michelle Terry (new entry), for her performances in Cleansed (National Theatre) and the title role in Henry V (Regent's Park Open Air)
- 71 Glenda Jackson (new entry), after her blazing return to the stage in the title role of King Lear at the Old Vic.
- 66: Maxine Peake - she continued her critically-acclaimed performances at the Royal Exchange by playing Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire. Her first play, Beryl, also had its London premiere this year.
- 48: Mark Rylance - awarded a knighthood in the New Year's Honours, Rylance has added to his stage success with film and TV acclaim, including an Oscar and BAFTA for Bridge of Spies, and a TV BAFTA for Wolf Hall.
- 34 (with Dan Bates): Robert Hastie (new entry), who became artistic director of Sheffield Theatres this year as well as directing Michelle Terry in Henry V.
- 18: Kenneth Branagh - RADA's President rises from number 23 on last year's list thanks to the continuation of his Branagh Theatre season at the Garrick, including his own performance as Archie Rice in The Entertainer.
- 13 (with Nia Janis and Nick Salmon): Matthew Byam Shaw - one third of Playful Productions, whose West End hits this year include Hangmen and No Man's Land, a well as serving as general manager on shows including Wicked, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Groundhog Day
- 5 (with Lisa Burger and Ben Power): Rufus Norris - as Artistic Director of the National Theatre, 2016 successes include The Threepenny Opera and Amadeus.
Topping the list this year is producer Sonia Friedman. Other members include Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway, founder of Artistic Directors of the Future, with whom RADA hosted Beyond the Canon; and David Jubb, who appeared on our 'Company Creative' forum at the 2016 RADA Festival.
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