Winners announced for the 19th Annual Whatsonstage Awards

  • Hamilton leads with 5 wins including Best Actor in a musical for Jamael Westman
  • Little Shop Of Horrors wins 3 awards including Best Musical revival
  • Heathers The Musical wins best new musical and Best Actress in a musical for Carrie Hope Fletcher
  • The Inheritance and The Madness Of George III lead the straight play categories with 2 awards each
  • Sophie Okonedo and Aidan Turner win Best Actress and Best Actor in a play
  • Vanessa Redgrave and Adrian Scarborough win Best Supporting Actress and Actor in a play
  • Michael Grandage wins The Equity Award for Services to Theatre

 At a ceremony tonight at the Prince of Wales Theatre hosted by Vicky Vox and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, the winners of the 19th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards were announced – the only major theatre awards decided entirely by the theatregoers themselves.

WhatsOnStage’s Chief Operating Officer Sita McIntosh said today, “The calibre of theatre across 2018 has been extraordinary – from musicals to plays, from new productions to revivals – which is reflected in this year’s WhatsOnStage Awards winners list. It’s brilliant to see some behemoth shows alongside smaller offerings and it’s notable this year that regional theatre has featured in several categories, not just under Best Regional Production. It goes to show how dynamic and exciting the theatre scene is up and down the UK at the moment. The WhatsOnStage Awards tell us about audiences and what they have loved and want to see and this list demonstrates there is an appetite for everything from small to big, subsidised to commercial in London and beyond. Congratulations to all the winners.”

Hamilton continues to dominate awards season, leading the way with 5 wins from 12 nominations – Best Actor in a Musical for Jamael Westman, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for Jason Pennycooke, as well as Best Choreography, Best Costume Design and Best Lighting Design. However, it was pipped to the post by Heathers the Musical for Best New Musical, which also won Best Actress in a Musical for Carrie Hope Fletcher.

Also performing strongly in the musical categories is Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors, winning Best Musical Revival, Best Set Design for Tom Scutt and Best Poster Design. The other musical hit of the season, the gender reversed Company, wins 2 awards – Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Patti LuPone, and Best Director for Marianne Elliott.

In the play categories, The Inheritance and The Madness of George III win two awards each – taking Best New Play and Best Play Revival respectively. They also both win in the Best Supporting performance categories, with Vanessa Redgrave winning for The Inheritance, and Adrian Scarborough for The Madness of George III.

Sophie Okonedo wins Best Actress in a Play for Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre – a performance that has seen her lauded at both the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards; and Aidan Turner wins Best Actor in a Play for his return to the stage in Michael Grandage’s production of The Lieutenant of InishmoreMichael Grandage receives The Equity Award For Services To Theatre, the only award not voted by the public, not only for his work on stage, but also his commitment to accessible ticket prices, and MGCfutures which supports emerging theatre makers.

Best Off-West End Production goes to the musical phenomenon Six the Musical currently enjoying a sell-out run at the Arts Theatre; and Best Regional Production goes to Spring Awakening at the Hope Mill Theatre. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie wins Best Cast Recording; and Best West End Show goes to Les Misérables.

Performances across the evening included a tribute to Stephen Sondheim featuring an all-star ensemble; Carrie Hope Fletcher, Jodie Steele, T’Shan Williams and Sophie Isaacs performing “I Say No” and “Candy Store” from Heathers the Musical; the cast of Spring Awakening performing “Totally F*cked”; Rachel Tucker performing “Me and the Sky” from Come From Away; members of the cast of The Lion Kingperforming “One by One”; A Star Is Born montage, and the cast of Six the Musical performing “

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THE NOMINATIONS IN FULL – winners in bold:

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 Tina Turner 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 Tina Turner 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 the Musical

Patti LuPone, Company

Rachel John, Hamilton

Vicky Vox, Little Shop of Horrors

Best New Play sponsored by JHI Marketing


Girls & Boys

The Inheritance

The Jungle



Best New Musical sponsored by h Club London


Heathers the Musical


Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

Six the Musical


Best Play Revival

Summer and Smoke

The Lieutenant of Inishmore

The Madness of George III


The York Realist


Best Musical Revival sponsored by R&H Theatricals



The King & I

Little Shop of Horrors

Me and My Girl


Best Direction

Andy Fickman, Heathers the Musical

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 the Musical

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 the Musical

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 the Musical

Howard Hudson, Little Shop of Horrors

Howell Binkley, Hamilton

Neil Austin, Company

Tim Deiling, Six the Musical


Best Video Design sponsored by PRG

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




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 the Musical

Best Show Poster

The Inheritance

The Jungle

The Lieutenant of Inishmore

Little Shop of Horrors

Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

Best West End Show sponsored by Joe Allen

Bat Out of Hell

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Kinky Boots

Les Misérables


The Equity Award For Services To Theatre

Michael Grandage