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Nominations announced for 19th Annual Whatsonstage Awards

19TH ANNUAL WHATSONSTAGE AWARDS
  • Hamilton leads the musical categories with 12 nominations, Company follows with 9 nominations
  • The Inheritance leads the straight play awards with 7 nominations, with The Lieutenant Of Inishmore close behind with 6 nominations

Le Gateau Chocolat today announced the nominations for the 19th annual WhatsOnStage Awards via WhatsOnStage’s social channels, the only major theatre prize-giving decided entirely by the theatregoers themselves. The announcement of the nominations marks the opening of the final voting stage (until 31 January), with winners announced at the annual Awards Concert held on 3 March 2019 at The Prince of Wales Theatre.

WhatsOnStage’s Chief Operating Officer Sita McIntosh said today, “2018 has proved an incredible year for new writing – for both musicals and plays, providing some of the strongest competition we have seen in recent years across the nominations. The calibre of work populating not just the subsidised sector, but also commercial houses across the UK, shows a shift in audience appetite for new, challenging and diverse work, and it’s thrilling to see. The WhatsOnStage Awards unashamedly celebrate the best and most popular of UK theatre; shows that our readers pay to see and vote for in their droves.”

Hamilton continues to dominate awards season, leading the way with 12 nominations including Best Actor in a Musical nominations for Jamael Westman and Giles Terera who previously went head to head for the Olivier Award, with Terera winning; Best Actress in a Musical for Rachelle Ann Go; Best Supporting Actor in a Musical nominations for Cleve September and Jason Pennycooke; and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical nominations for Christine Allado and Rachel John, as well as nominations for Best New Musical, Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Costume Design and Best Lighting Design. Also performing strongly across the musical categories is Marianne Elliott’s gender swap production of Sondheim’s Company with 9 nominations, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors with 7 nominations, and Heathers the Musical and Six with six nominations each.

In the straight play categories, Stephen Daldry’s world première production of Matthew Lopez’s epic two-part masterpiece The Inheritance lead the field with 7 nominations. In addition to Best New Play, Best Director and Best Show Poster, the production dominates in the acting categories with stage veteran Vanessa Redgrave nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Play, Andrew Burnap and Paul Hilton for Best Supporting Actor in a Play, and Kyle Soller for the Best Actor in a Play category. Soller faces stiff competition from Aidan Turner for The Lieutenant of Inishmore (one of an impressive six nominations for Michael Grandage’s major revival of Martin McDonagh’s play), Arinzé Kene for Misty, Colin Morgan for Translations, and previous WhatsOnStage Award winner Mark Gatiss for The Madness of George III. Both Translations and The Madness of George III secured 5 nominations apiece.

Best Actress in a Play sees Carey Mulligan (Boys and Girls), Charlie Murphy (The Lieutenant of Inishmore), Katherine Parkinson (Home, I’m Darling), Patsy Ferran (Summer and Smoke) and Sophie Okonedo (Antony and Cleopatra) vie for top honours; whilst for Best Actress in a Musical, Rachelle Ann Go faces Adrienne Warren (Tina the Musical), Carrie Hope Fletcher (Heathers the Musical), Laura Baldwin (Eugenius!) and Rosalie Craig (Company); and in Best Actor in a Musical Westman and Terera are up against Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Tina the Musical), Jamie Muscato (Heathers the Musical) and Rob Houchen (Eugenius!).

Vying with Hamilton for Best New Musical are Eugenius!, Heathers the Musical, Tina the Musical and Six; with Best New Play, between Dust, Girls and Boys, The Inheritance, The Jungle and Misty. The strongly nominated The Madness of George III features both in Best Play Revival against Summer and Smoke, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Translations and The York Realist; and also in Best Regional Production alongside Death of a Salesman, Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual, Romeo and Juliet and Spring Awakening.

Best Off-West End Production is a tight fought contest between DustEugenius!MistyThe Rink and Six; with Best West End Show, between fan favourites Bat Out of Hell Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Kinky Boots, Les Misérables and Wicked.

Now in their 19th year, the WhatsOnStage Awards are the only major theatre awards decided entirely by the theatregoers themselves. Voting opens on 5 December, closing on 31 January 2019, ahead of the winners being announced at the Awards concert on 3 March 2019 at Prince of Wales Theatre.

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THE NOMINATIONS IN FULL:

Best Actor in a Play sponsored  by Radisson Blu Edwardian

Aidan Turner, The Lieutenant of Inishmore

Arinzé Kene, Misty

Colin Morgan, Translations

Kyle Soller, The Inheritance

Mark Gatiss, The Madness of George III

Best Actress in a Play

Carey Mulligan, Girls & Boys

Charlie Murphy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore

Katherine Parkinson, Home, I’m Darling

Patsy Ferran, Summer and Smoke

Sophie Okonedo, Antony and Cleopatra

Best Actor in a Musical sponsored by The Umbrella Rooms

Giles Terera, Hamilton

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Tina the Musical

Jamael Westman, Hamilton

Jamie Muscato, Heathers the Musical

Rob Houchen, Eugenius!

Best Actress in a Musical sponsored by Café de Paris

Adrienne Warren, Tina the Musical

Carrie Hope Fletcher, Heathers the Musical

Laura Baldwin, Eugenius!

Rachelle Ann Go, Hamilton

Rosalie Craig, Company

Best Supporting Actor in a Play

Adetomiwa Edun, Translations

Adrian Scarborough, The Madness of George III

Andrew Burnap, The Inheritance

Chris Walley, The Lieutenant of Inishmore

Paul Hilton, The Inheritance

Best Supporting Actress in a Play sponsored by Tonic Theatre

Debra Gillett, The Madness of George III

Michelle Fairley, Julius Caesar

Michelle Fox, Translations

Sian Thomas, Home, I’m Darling

Vanessa Redgrave, The Inheritance

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical

Cleve September, Hamilton

Daniel Buckley, Eugenius!

Jason Pennycooke, Hamilton

Jonathan Bailey, Company

Richard Fleeshman, Company

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical sponsored by Newman Displays

Christine Allado, Hamilton

Jodie Steele, Heathers

Patti LuPone, Company

Rachel John, Hamilton

Vicky Vox, Little Shop of Horrors

Best New Play sponsored by JHI Marketing

Dust

Girls & Boys

The Inheritance

The Jungle

Misty

Best New Musical sponsored by The Hospital Club

Eugenius!

Heathers

Hamilton

Tina the Musical

Six

 

 

Best Play Revival

Summer and Smoke

The Lieutenant of Inishmore

The Madness of George III

Translations

The York Realist

 

Best Musical Revival sponsored by R&H Theatricals

Chess

Company

The King & I

Little Shop of Horrors

Me and My Girl

 

Best Direction

Andy Fickman, Heathers

Marianne Elliott, Company

Michael Grandage, The Lieutenant of Inishmore

Stephen Daldry, The Inheritance

Thomas Kail, Hamilton

Best Choreography

Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton

Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, Six

Drew McOnie, Strictly Ballroom

Liam Steel, Company

Lizzi Gee, Little Shop of Horrors

Best Costume Design

Catherine Martin, Strictly Ballroom

Catherine Zuber, The King & I

Gabriella Slade, Six

Paul Tazewell, Hamilton

Tom Scutt, Little Shop of Horrors

Best Set Design

Bunny Christie, Company

Es Devlin, Girls & Boys

Miriam Buether, The Jungle

Rae Smith, Translations

Tom Scutt, Little Shop of Horrors

Best Lighting Design sponsored by White Light

Ben Cracknell, Heathers

Howard Hudson, Little Shop of Horrors

Howell Binkley, Hamilton

Neil Austin, Company

Tim Deiling, Six

 

 

Best Video Design sponsored by PRG XL Video

Daniel Denton, Misty

Dick Straker, A Monster Calls

Luke Halls, The Lehman Trilogy

Nina Dunn, The Assassination of Katie Hopkins

Terry Scruby, Chess

 

Best Off-West End Production sponsored by Les Misérables

Dust

Eugenius!

Misty

The Rink

Six the Musical

 

Best Regional Production sponsored by MTI Europe

Death of a Salesman

The Madness of George III

Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual

Romeo and Juliet

Spring Awakening

Best Original Cast Recording

Bat Out of Hell

Come From Away

Everybody’s Talking about Jamie

The Grinning Man

Six

Best Show Poster

The Inheritance

The Jungle

The Lieutenant of Inishmore

Little Shop of Horrors

Tina the Musical

Best West End Show sponsored by Joe Allen

Bat Out of Hell

Everybody’s Talking about Jamie

Kinky Boots

Les Misérables

Wicked

Winners announced for the 18Th Annual Whatsonstage Awards

  • 42ND Street leads with 4 wins including Best Musical Revival
  • Everybody’s Talking About Jamie wins 3 awards including Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
  • The Ferryman leads the play categories with 3 wins including Best Play and Best Direction
  • Broadchurch co-stars Olivia Colman and David Tennant win Best Actress and Best Actor in a Play
  • Sonia Friedman wins the Equity Award for services to theatre, with Sfp Productions winning in 8 categories

 At a ceremony tonight at the Prince of Wales Theatre hosted by Trevor Dion Nicholas and Vikki Stone, the winners of the 18th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards were announced – the only major theatre awards decided entirely by the theatregoers themselves.

With Hamilton having revised its opening night date making it ineligible for this year’s awards, the field was wide open. Leading the pack with four wins was 42nd Street currently running at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane – taking Best Musical Revival, Best Choreography, Best Set Design and Best Costume Design – from a total of eight nominations. Closely behind with three wins was Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae’s homegrown British hit which began its life at Sheffield Theatres, before a much-deserved West End transfer. It received Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical for John McCrea, and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Lucie Shorthouse. In the musical categories, out of eight nominations, Bat Out of Hell landed one win for Best Lighting Design.

Matching Jamie’s three wins, and leading in the play categories, was The Ferryman – Jez Butterworth’s five star critically acclaimed play which opened at the Royal Court before running at the Gielgud Theatre, ahead of a recently announced Broadway run. Butterworth wins the Award for Best New Play, with Sam Mendes taking Best Direction, and Fra Fee winning Best Supporting Actor in a Play.

In the acting categories, Broadchurch co-stars Olivia Colman and David Tennant triumphed as Best Actress in a Play and Best Actor in a Play for their respective roles in Mosquitoes at the National Theatre, and Don Juan in Soho at the Wyndham’s Theatre. This is a first WhatsOnStage Award win for Colman, but a third for Tennant who has taken home the Best Actor in a Play category twice before for Hamletand Richard II, with a further nomination for Much Ado About Nothing.

Tennant said today “The WhatsOnStage Awards are a wonderful evening celebrating everything that’s good about London theatre and I’m so chuffed to be winning this for Don Juan in Soho, thank you all so much. It was an amazing experience working with the incredible Patrick Marber, the peerless Adrian Scarborough and a fantastic cast of brilliant, talented, enthusiastic, wonderful people so thank you to all of them. It was a real privilege getting to do a play about Soho in Soho and especially over a summer when London sadly suffered terrible attacks, the play itself began to feel like a real celebration of London. And indeed one of the crown jewels of London which is theatreland and the WhatsOnStage Awards are such a glorious celebration of that, so thank you all for voting and thank you all for getting involved.

Best Actress in a Musical was won by Carrie Hope Fletcher for her performance in the touring production of The Addams Family; with Ross Noble winning Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for Young Frankenstein. Musicals also triumphed in the Best Off-West End category withHair; the touring production of Sunset Boulevard winning Best Regional Production; and Les Misérables winning Best Original Cast Recording.

The Almeida Theatre’s production of Hamlet led by Andrew Scott won Best Play Revival, with Juliet Stevenson winning Best Supporting Actress in a Play for her performance as Gertrude.

Sonia Friedman won the Equity Award for Services to Theatre, with SFP Productions taking eight wins across the evening in another successful year for the company. As well as awards for The Ferryman, Don Juan in Soho and Hamlet, they were also represented by the West End phenomenon Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which won Best Show Poster and Best West End Show.

WhatsOnStage’s Chief Operating Officer Sita McIntosh said today, “2017 was such a strong year for theatre, and it’s wonderful to see such a broad cross section of work recognised in this year’s awards – many of the nominees were running neck and neck during the voting process due to the strength of talent represented. It’s also great to see new work being recognised across the categories with both Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and The Ferryman winning multiple awards.”

The WhatsOnStage Awards are proud to support Mousetrap Theatre Projects, a charity which takes children and young people who are disadvantaged or have special needs to see London’s outstanding theatre. www.mousetrap.org.uk

Performances at the event included the title track from The Greatest Showman featuring the hosts Trevor Dion Nicholas and Vikki Stone, with Jonny Labey, Matthew Croke, Christine Allado, and Melanie La Barrie; Janie Dee singing “Could I Leave You?” from Follies; “A Very Good Day” from Working performed by Liam Tamne and Siubhan Harrison; the cast of Hair with “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In”; the company of Bat Out of Hell singing a medley from the production; Tyrone Huntley, Alice Fearn and Hannah-Jane Fox performing a selection of songs from current Broadway shows; “Get Into Your Dance” from Clare Halse and the cast of 42nd Street, and the company of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie performing the title song.

THE 18TH ANNUAL WHATSONSTAGE AWARDS – WINNERS IN BOLD:

 BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY SPONSORED BY RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN

  • Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
  • Andrew Scott, Hamlet
  • Bryan Cranston, Network
  • David Tennant, Don Juan in Soho
  • Martin Freeman, Labour of Love

 BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY

  • Eve Best, Love in Idleness
  • Imelda Staunton, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Olivia Colman, Mosquitoes
  • Natalie Dormer, Venus in Fur
  • Tamsin Greig, Labour of Love

 BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL SPONSORED BY THE UMBRELLA ROOMS

  • Andrew Polec, Bat Out of Hell
  • Danny Mac, Sunset Boulevard
  • Hadley Fraser, Young Frankenstein
  • John McCrea, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  • Tom Lister, 42nd Street

 BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL SPONSORED BY 100 WARDOUR ST

  • Carrie Hope Fletcher, The Addams Family
  • Christina Bennington, Bat Out of Hell
  • Janie Dee, Follies
  • Josie Walker, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  • Ria Jones, Sunset Boulevard

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY

  • Adrian Scarborough, Don Juan in Soho
  • Fra Fee, The Ferryman
  • Nathan Lane, Angels in America
  • Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Angels in America
  • Peter Polycarpou, Oslo

 BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY SPONSORED BY TONIC THEATRE

  • Denise Gough, Angels in America
  • Imogen Poots, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Jessica Brown Findlay, Hamlet
  • Juliet Stevenson, Hamlet
  • Sheila Atim, Girl from the North Country

 BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

  • Chris Howell, 42nd Street
  • Dex Lee , Five Guys Named Moe
  • George Sampson, Our House
  • Rob Fowler, Bat Out of Hell
  • Ross Noble, Young Frankenstein

 BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL SPONSORED BY NEWMAN DISPLAYS

  • Clare Halse, 42nd Street
  • Danielle Steers, Bat Out of Hell
  • Lucie Shorthouse, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  • Tracie Bennett, Follies
  • Zoe Rainey, An American in Paris

 BEST NEW PLAY SPONSORED BY JHI MARKETING

  • Gloria
  • Ink
  • Labour of Love
  • Oslo
  • The Ferryman

 BEST NEW MUSICAL SPONSORED BY SHINE CREATIVE SOLUTIONS

  • Bat Out of Hell
  • Cilla the Musical
  • Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  • The Band
  • Young Frankenstein

 BEST PLAY REVIVAL

  • Angels in America
  • Don Juan in Soho
  • Hamlet
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Witness for the Prosecution

 BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL SPONSORED BY R&H THEATRICALS

  • 42nd Street
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Five Guys Named Moe
  • Follies
  • Hair

 BEST DIRECTION

  • Dominic Cooke, Follies
  • Jay Scheib, Bat Out of Hell
  • Marianne Elliott                , Angels in America
  • Robert Icke, Hamlet
  • Sam Mendes, The Ferryman

 BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

  • Andrew Wright, Five Guys Named Moe
  • Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris
  • Drew McOnie, On the Town
  • Fabian Aloise, Our House
  • Randy Skinner, 42nd Street

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
  • Gary McCann, La Cage Aux Folles
  • Peter McKintosh, On the Town
  • Roger Kirk, 42nd Street
  • Vicki Mortimer, Follies

 BEST SET DESIGN

  • Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
  • Bunny Christie, Ink
  • Douglas W. Schmidt, 42nd Street
  • Jon Bausor, Bat Out of Hell
  • Vicki Mortimer, Follies

 BEST LIGHTING DESIGN SPONSORED BY WHITE LIGHT

  • Natasha Katz, An American in Paris
  • Patrick Woodroffe, Bat Out of Hell
  • Paule Constable, Angels in America
  • Paule Constable, Follies
  • Peter Mumford, 42nd Street

 BEST VIDEO DESIGN SPONSORED BY PRG XL VIDEO

  • 59 Productions, An American in Paris
  • Duncan McLean , Big Fish
  • Duncan McLean , Labour of Love
  • Tal Yarden, Hamlet
  • Tal Yarden, Network

 BEST OFF-WEST END PRODUCTION SPONSORED BY LES MISÉRABLES

  • Hair
  • La Ronde
  • The Wild Party
  • Working
  • Yank!

 BEST REGIONAL PRODUCTION SPONSORED BY MTI EUROPE

  • Our House
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • The Addams Family
  • The Band
  • The Hypocrite

 BEST ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING SPONSORED BY ENCORE RADIO

  • Dear Evan Hansen
  • Dreamgirls
  • Girl from the North Country
  • Hamilton
  • Les Misérables

BEST SHOW POSTER

  • Cats
  • Hamilton
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Wicked

 BEST WEST END SHOW SPONSORED BY JOE ALLEN

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Kinky Boots
  • Les Misérables
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Wicked

EQUITY AWARD FOR SERVICES TO THEATRE

Sonia Friedman

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Bat Out of Hell, 42nd St & Everybody’s Talking About Jamie all won at the 2018 WhatsOnStage Awards – The Ferryman won too, obviously.

The winners of the 18th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards were announced this evening, celebrating the best of UK theatre.

In a move that some people are referring to as a real wake-up call for the industry, oft-ignored award winner Sonia Friedman Productions ‘scooped’ seven ‘gongs’ including Best New Play for The Ferryman (James Graham’s Ink was robbed), Best Direction for Sam Mendes, Best Supporting Actor in a Play went to Fra Fee and Best Play Revival Award went to Robert Icke’s Hamlet. The Harry Potter play: Cursed Child won two awards as well.

Friedman herself walked off with the Equity Award for Services to Theatre Award, which is nice.

Other winners included Lucie Shorthouse who scooped the Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Sunset Boulevard won the Best Regional Production Award and Hair which took the Best Off-West End Production Award.

Sadly, The Band didn’t win Best New Musical – that went to Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. The awards are the only major theatre prizes to be voted for entirely by the audience, which explains everything.

You can see the full list of winners below if you like

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY SPONSORED BY RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN                              • David Tennant, Don Juan in Soho

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY • Olivia Colman, Mosquitoes

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL SPONSORED BY THE UMBRELLA ROOMS                               • John McCrea, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL SPONSORED BY 100 WARDOUR ST                                      • Carrie Hope Fletcher, The Addams Family

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY                                                                                           • Fra Fee, The Ferryman

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY SPONSORED BY TONIC THEATRE                     • Juliet Stevenson, Hamlet

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL • Ross Noble, Young Frankenstein

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL SPONSORED BY NEWMAN DISPLAYS        • Lucie Shorthouse, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

BEST NEW PLAY SPONSORED BY JHI MARKETINGThe Ferryman

BEST NEW MUSICAL SPONSORED BY SHINE CREATIVE SOLUTIONS                                   • Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

BEST PLAY REVIVALHamlet

BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL SPONSORED BY R&H THEATRICALS42nd Street

BEST DIRECTION • Sam Mendes, The Ferryman

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY • Randy Skinner, 42nd Street

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN SPONSORED BY WHITE LIGHT
• Patrick Woodroffe, Bat Out of Hell

BEST VIDEO DESIGN SPONSORED BY PRG XL VIDEO • 59 Productions, An American in Paris

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
• Roger Kirk, 42nd Street

BEST OFF-WEST END PRODUCTION SPONSORED BY LES MISERABLESHair

BEST REGIONAL PRODUCTION SPONSORED BY MTI EUROPESunset Boulevard

BEST ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING SPONSORED BY ENCORE RADIOLes Miserables

BEST SHOW POSTERHarry Potter and the Cursed Child

BEST WEST END SHOW SPONSORED BY JOE ALLENHarry Potter and the Cursed Child

Winners announced for the 17th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards

Billie Piper

Billie Piper – Best Actress in a Play, Yerma

• Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the big winner with eight awards, a WhatsOnStage record for a play, including both Best Actor in a Play for Jamie Parker and Best Supporting Actress in a Play for Noma Dumezweni

• Harry Potter and the Cursed Child also claims wins for Best New Play and Best Director

• Billie Piper wins Best Actress in a Play for Yerma, her second WhatsOnStage Award in three years

• Half a Sixpence is most successful musical with three awards

• Star of Dreamgirls Amber Riley wins Best Actress in a Musical

• Cameron Mackintosh receives Equity Award for Lifetime Achievement (So Far)

The winners were announced this evening at the Prince of Wales Theatre for the 17th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards, presented by Simon Lipkin and Vikki Stone, celebrating the best of the UK’s theatre over the past year. The awards are the only major theatre prizes to be voted for entirely by the audience.

Jamie Parker

Jamie Parker, Best Actor in a Play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child leads the awards this year with eight victories, a WhatsOnStage Award record for a play, including Best Actor in a Play for Jamie Parker, Best Supporting Actress in a Play for Noma Dumezweni, Best Supporting Actor in a Play for Anthony Boyle, Best New Play, Best Director for John Tiffany, Best Set Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Video Design.

In the other acting awards, Billie Piper claims Best Actress in a Play for Yerma, her second WhatsOnStage Award in three years following her 2015 Best Actress in a Play victory for Great Britain. Amber Riley is named Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Dreamgirls and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical goes to Trevor Dion Nicholas for Disney’s Aladdin, which also saw success in the Best Costume Design category.

Half a Sixpence is the most successful musical with three awards, including Best Actor in a Musical for Charlie Stemp, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Emma Williams and Best Choreography. Its producer Cameron Mackintosh is also celebrated with the Equity Award for Lifetime Achievement (So Far) as he marks 50 years in the theatre business. However, Half a Sixpence loses out in the Best New Musical category to School of Rock whilst the Best Musical Revival category is claimed by Funny Girl.

Charlie Stemp

Charlie Stemp, Best Actor in a Musical, Half a Six Pence

No Man’s Land, starring Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, wins Best Play Revival, whilst Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical The Girls, soon to open in the West End, wins Best Regional Production and, in a WhatsOnStage first, Wicked and Les Misérables tie for Best West End Show. In the celebration of London’s fringe theatre, The Last Five Years takes Best Off-West End Production.

A number of winners and stars from winning shows performed at the event including Gary Barlow, who performed the song ‘Scarborough’ from The Girls alongside Joanna Riding, Amber Riley who performed ‘Listen’ from Dreamgirls alongside Liisi LaFontaine, the cast of Half of a Sixpence with ‘Flash, Bang, Wallop’, Trevor Dion Nicholas who sung ‘Somebody’s Got Your Back’ from Disney’s Aladdin with Dean John-Wilson, and Gary Trainor and the company of The School Rock who performed ‘Teacher’s Pet’. There were further performances from Tyrone Huntley who sung ‘Heaven on their Minds’ from Jesus Christ Superstar and Ria Jones with ‘As If We Never Said Goodbye’ from Sunset Boulevard.

FULL LIST OF NOMINEES WITH WINNERS IN BOLD

Best Actor in a Play, sponsored by Radisson Blu Edwardian

Ian Hallard for The Boys in the Band

Ian McKellen for No Man’s Land

Jamie Parker for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Kenneth Branagh for The Entertainer

Ralph Fiennes for Richard III

 

Best Actress in a Play, sponsored by Live at Zédel 

Billie Piper for Yerma

Helen McCrory for The Deep Blue Sea

Lily James for Romeo and Juliet

Michelle Terry for Henry V

Pixie Lott for Breakfast at Tiffany’s

 

Best Actor in a Musical, sponsored by The Umbrella Rooms

Andy Karl for Groundhog Day

Charlie Stemp for Half a Sixpence

Michael C Hall for Lazarus

Michael Xavier for Sunset Boulevard

Ramin Karimloo for Murder Ballad

 

Best Actress in a Musical, sponsored by The Hippodrome Casino 

Amber Riley for Dreamgirls

Carrie Hope Fletcher for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Devon-Elise Johnson for Half a Sixpence

Glenn Close for Sunset Boulevard

Sheridan Smith for Funny Girl

 

Best Supporting Actor in a Play 

Anthony Boyle for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Derek Jacobi for Romeo and Juliet

Freddie Fox for Travesties

Jonjo O’Neill for Unreachable

Paul Thornley for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

 

Best Supporting Actress in a Play, sponsored by Tonic Theatre 

Jenna Russell for Doctor Faustus

Meera Syal for Romeo and Juliet

Noma Dumezweni for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Poppy Miller for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Vanessa Redgrave for Richard III

 

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, sponsored by Encore Radio 

Adam J Bernard for Dreamgirls

Ian Bartholomew for Half a Sixpence

Joel Montague for Funny Girl

Trevor Dion Nicholas for Disney’s Aladdin

Tyrone Huntley for Jesus Christ Superstar

 

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, sponsored by Newman Displays 

Amy Lennox for Lazarus

Emma Williams for Half a Sixpence

Rebecca Trehearn for Show Boat

Sophia Anne Caruso for Lazarus

Victoria Hamilton-Barritt for Murder Ballad

 

Best New Play, sponsored by JHI Marketing 

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

The Flick

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures or iHo

The Mother

 

Best New Musical, sponsored by Shine Creative Solutions 

Disney’s Aladdin

Dreamgirls

Groundhog Day

Half a Sixpence

School of Rock

 

Best Play Revival  

The Boys in the Band

The Deep Blue Sea

The Dresser

No Man’s Land

Travesties

 

Best Musical Revival, sponsored by R&H Theatricals Europe 

Funny Girl

Jesus Christ Superstar

Ragtime

Show Boat

Sunset Boulevard

 

Best Direction  

Casey Nicholaw for Disney’s Aladdin

John Tiffany for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Matthew Warchus for Groundhog Day

Michael Mayer for Funny Girl

Rachel Kavanaugh for Half a Sixpence

 

Best Choreography, sponsored by Encore Radio 

Andrew Wright for Half a Sixpence

Casey Nicholaw for Disney’s Aladdin

Casey Nicholaw for Dreamgirls

Drew McOnie for Jesus Christ Superstar

Peter Darling and Ellen Kane for Groundhog Day

 

Best Costume Design

Gregg Barnes for Disney’s Aladdin

Gregg Barnes for Dreamgirls

Katrina Lindsay for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Matthew Wright for Funny Girl

Paul Brown for Half a Sixpence

 

Best Set Design 

Bob Crowley for Disney’s Aladdin

Christine Jones for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Lez Brotherston for Show Boat

Miriam Buether for Wild

Rob Howell for Groundhog Day

 

Best Lighting Design, sponsored by White Light 

Charlie Morgan Jones for Little Shop of Horrors

Hugh Vanstone for Groundhog Day

Jack Weir for The Boys in the Band

Natasha Katz for Disney’s Aladdin

Neil Austin for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

 

Best Video Design, sponsored by PRG XL Video

Andrzej Goulding for Groundhog Day

Finn Ross and Ash Woodward for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Finn Ross for The Tempest, RSC

Laura Perrett for Murder Ballad

Tal Yarden for Lazarus

 

Best Off-West End Production, sponsored by Les Misérables

The Boys in the Band (Park Theatre)

Grey Gardens (Southwark Playhouse)

The Last Five Years (St James Theatre)

Side Show (Southwark Playhouse)

Ragtime (Charing Cross Theatre)

 

Best Regional Production, sponsored by MTI (Europe) 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (National Tour)

Flowers for Mrs Harris (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield)

The Girls (National Tour)

The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic)

Rent (National Tour/St James Theatre)

 

Best West End Show, sponsored by Capezio 

Kinky Boots

Les Misérables

Matilda the Musical

The Phantom of the Opera

Wicked

 

Equity Award for Lifetime Achievement (So Far)

Cameron Mackintosh 

 

 

Gary Barlow & Tim Firth’s The Girls wins at WhatsOnStage Awards ahead of opening on Tuesday 21 February 2017 at the Phoenix Theatre

The Girls

The Girls © Matt Crockett

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth triumphed tonightSunday 19 February 2017, ahead of the opening of their musical THE GIRLS in London’s West End on Tuesday 21 February.  At an awards ceremony at the Prince of Wales Theatre, they won the prestigious WhatsOnStage Award for Best Regional Production.  Gary and Tim and the original Calendar Girls were given a rapturous reception from an audience made up of stars from all the West End shows after Gary, Tim and Joanna Riding performed Scarborough, a song from their musical.

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s new British musical, THE GIRLS, is based on the true story, the film and the award-winning play by Tim Firth, Calendar Girls.  The West End premiere at the Phoenix Theatre, which began previews on 28 January 2017, follows sold-out runs at the Grand Theatre Leeds and the Lowry Salford late 2015/early 2016.  In the West End, the producers have made a commitment to there being no ‘premium-rated’ seats, no booking fees and reduced price previews.

The ‘Girls’ are played by Debbie Chazen as Ruth, Sophie-Louise Dann as Celia, Michele Dotrice as Jessie, Claire Machin as Cora, Claire Moore as Chris and Joanna Riding as Annie.  Also in the cast will be Joe Caffrey as Rod, Jeremy Clyde as Denis, John Davitt as Doctor, Soo Drouet as Brenda, James Gaddas as John, Jenny Gayner as Miss Wilson (coffee), Steve Giles as Lawrence, Maxwell Hutcheon as Colin, Shirley Jameson as Miss Wilson (tea), Marian McLoughlin as Marie, Judith Street as Lady Cravenshire and Jane Lambert, Rebecca Louis, Victoria Blackburn and Frazer Hadfield, and introducing Josh Benson as Tommo, Ben Hunter as Danny and Chloe May Jackson as Jenny.

THE GIRLS is inspired by the true story of a group of ladies, who decide to appear nude for a Women’s Institute calendar in order to raise funds to buy a settee for their local hospital, in memory of one of their husbands, and have to date raised almost £5million for Bloodwise.  This musical comedy shows life in their Yorkshire village, how it happened, the effect on husbands, sons and daughters, and how a group of ordinary ladies achieved something extraordinary.

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth grew up in the same village in the north of England and have been friends for 25 years.  With Take That, Gary has written and co-written 14 number one singles, has sold over 50 million records worldwide and is a six times Ivor Novello Award winner.  Tim has won the Olivier Award and UK Theatre Award for Best New Musical, and the British Comedy Awards Best Comedy Film for Calendar Girls.

THE GIRLS is directed by Tim Firth, with musical staging by Lizzi Gee, comedy staging by Jos Houben, design by Robert Jones, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, sound design by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster, musical direction and orchestrations by Richard Beadle, with casting by Sarah Bird, and associate producer is U-Live.

THE GIRLS is produced by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and The Shubert Organization.

Bloodwise, the UK’s specialist blood cancer charity, will receive monies from this production.

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Simon Lipkin and Vikki Stone to present the 17th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards

Simon Lipkin and Vikki Stone

Simon Lipkin and Vikki Stone

WhatsOnStage today announce that Simon Lipkin and Vikki Stone will present the 17th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards in the sold-out concert at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 19 February.

Also confirmed today is the full line up of performers with Gary Trainor and company singing ‘Teacher’s Pet’ from School of Rock – currently running at the New London Theatre;Tyrone Huntley performing ‘Heaven on their Minds’ from Jesus Christ Superstar – returning to the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this summer;  Joanna Riding performing ‘Scarborough’ from The Girls accompanied by Gary Barlow – currently in preview at the Phoenix Theatre; Amber Riley and Liisi LaFontaine performing ‘Listen’ from Dreamgirls – currently running at the Savoy Theatre; Trevor Dion Nicholas and Dean John-Wilson performing ‘Somebody’s Got Your Back’ from Aladdin – running at the Price Edward Theatre; Ria Jones singing ‘As If We Never Said Goodbye’ from Sunset Boulevard ahead of a new national tour; and the company of Half a Sixpence performing ‘Flash, Bang, Wallop’- currently running at the Noël Coward Theatre.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child leads the field with 11 nominations – the first time a play has dominated the nominations. It is in the running for Best Actor in a Play for Jamie Parker, Best Supporting Actress in a Play nominations for both Noma Dumezweni and Poppy Miller and Best Supporting Actor in a Play nominations for Anthony Boyle and Paul Thornley, Best New Play, Best Direction nod for John Tiffany, Best Set Design for Christine Jones, Katrina Lindsay for Best Costume Design, Finn Ross and Ash Woodward for Best Video Design and Neil Austin for Lighting Design. Leading the musical theatre categories is Half a Sixpence, with 8 nominations including Best New Musical and Best Actor in a Musical for Charlie Stemp.

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Bristol Old Vic delighted to be nominated for The Stage Regional Theatre of the Year award. Also: The Grinning Man nominated for WhatsOnStage Award

Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic is nominated for The Stage Regional Theatre of the Yearaward, as announced today.

The Stage Awards reflect the theatre industry’s best performing theatres and theatre-makers. The open nomination process allows anyone to elect their favourite buildings, schools, companies and individuals, while an industry focus group steers the shortlist. The final cut is selected by a panel of senior editorial figures at The Stage and aims to celebrate the finest theatre achievements of the past year.

Receiving a nomination for Regional Theatre of the Year, the category recognises the top theatre outside of the capital over the past 12 months, judged on criteria including artistic quality, business success and innovation.

Bristol Old Vic was recognised by the panel as having impressed with its “strong work, both on and off stage” – remarking on the 250th anniversary celebrations, the transfer of two productions to the National Theatre, the announcement of The Ronald Duncan Prize and the ongoing redevelopment works, but it was the success of productions including The Grinning ManJane Eyre and King Lear that ensured “the work on stage continues to impress”.

Emma Stenning, Bristol Old Vic Chief Executive said: “Today’s announcement of our nomination for Regional Theatre of the Year is just the most perfect way for Bristol Old Vic to end 2016.

This was a year in which the theatre went from strength to strength; delivering a string of thrilling productions, kicking off the final transformative phase of our capital project and celebrating our 250th birthday in style.

It’s a brilliant testament to the terrific work of the Bristol Old Vic team, the extraordinary imaginations of the artists who make work here, and the continued commitment of our fantastic audiences.”

The winner will be announced at The Stage New Year Party, at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, on January 27 2017.

The Grinning Man nominated for WhatsOnStage Award

The Grinning Man

This nomination comes hot on the heels of Bristol Old Vic production The Grinning Manreceiving a WhatsOnStage Award nomination for Best Regional Production. The winner will be announced at a public ceremony on Sunday 19 February at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London. Winners are decided by public vote, and audiences can vote for the production here until 31 January 2017