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