Nominations for the third annual Also Recognised Awards have been announced today by My Theatre Mates, founded by Mark Shenton and Terri Paddock. 

The audience-voted awards celebrate talent in theatre that is overlooked in other award bodies. Voting for the awards is now open and will close on the 26th March 2017.

The nominees are as follows:

Best Musical Direction •

Jordan Li-Smith – Ragtime, Charing Cross Theatre

Laura Bangay – Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, National Theatre

Michael Bradley – Grey Gardens, Southwark Playhouse

Michael Reed – Sunset Boulevard, London Coliseum

Nick Finlow – Dreamgirls, Savoy Theatre

Tom Deering – Jesus Christ Superstar, Open Air Theatre

Best Original Music

David Bowie – Lazarus, King’s Cross Theatre

Dougal Irvine – The Buskers Opera, Park Theatre

Richard Taylor – Flowers for Mrs Harris, Sheffield Crucible

Scott Frankel – Grey Gardens, Southwark Playhouse

Tim Minchin – Groundhog Day, Old Vic Theatre

Tim Phillips & Marc Teitler – The Grinning Man, Bristol Old Vic

Best Twitter Engagement

@ChichesterFT – Chichester Festival Theatre

@HPPlayLDN – Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

@NationalTheatre – National Theatre

@SchoolOfRockUK – School of Rock

@TheRSC – Royal Shakespeare Company

@WickedUK – Wicked

Best Ensemble Performance

Belarus Free Theatre – Burning Doors at Soho Theatre & Tomorrow I Was Always a Lion at the Arcola Theatre

Boy – Almeida Theatre

Donmar’s Shakespeare Trilogy – Donmar at King’s Cross

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour – National Theatre

Steel Magnolias – Hope Theatre

Titanic – Charing Cross Theatre

Best Solo Performance

Cush Jumbo – White Rabbit Red Rabbit, Southbank Centre & Good Chance Theatre

James Cartwright – Raz, Trafalgar Studios

Luke Wright – What I Learned From Jonny Bevan, Soho Theatre

Ruby Wax – Sane New World, Arts Theatre

Sean Michael Verey – Tonight with Donny Stixx, The Bunker

Sophie Melville – Iphigenia in Splott, National Theatre

Best Shakespearean Production

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare’s Globe

Donmar’s Shakespeare Trilogy – Donmar at King’s Cross

Hamlet – RSC, Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Henry V – Open Air Theatre • King Lear – Old Vic Theatre

Kings of War – Toneelgroep Amsterdam at the Barbican

Best Musical Cabaret

Ann Hampton Callaway & Amanda McBroom – The Pheasantry

Barb Jungr & John McDaniel, That’s Life – Brasserie Zedel

Ceili O’Connor – The Understudy, Century Club

Sally Ann Triplett – The Pheasantry

Shoshana Bean – Pizza Express, St Martin’s Lane

Simon Lipkin, Jon Robyns & Giles Terera – Orange Tree Theatre

London Newcomer of the Year

Anthony Boyle – Harry Potter & the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre

Charlie Stemp – Half a Sixpence, Chichester Festival & Noel Coward Theatre

Frankie Fox – Boy, Almeida Theatre

Sam Thomas – Floyd Collins, Wilton’s Music Hall

Sarah Snook – The Master Builder, Old Vic Theatre

Zoe Cooper (playwright) – Jess and Joe Forever, Orange Tree Theatre & tour

Theatre Event of the Year

Emma Rice’s departure announcement from Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare Live! at the RSC as part of Shakespeare 400th birthday celebrations

The premiere of Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

Three-show day for the Donmar’s Shakespeare Trilogy

Understudy Natasha J Barnes stepping in – triumphantly – for Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl

Understudy Ria Jones stepping in – triumphantly – for Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard

Best Show Poster

A Raisin in the Sun – Albany Theatre

Flowers for Mrs Harris – Sheffield Crucible

Hand to God – Vaudeville Theatre

Parade – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

The Maids – Trafalgar Studios

They Drink It In the Congo – Almeida Theatre

Best Show Trailer

Half a Sixpence – Chichester Festival & Noel Coward Theatre

Hedda Gabler – National Theatre

Nice Fish – Harold Pinter Theatre

This House – Headlong, Garrick Theatre

Trainspotting – King’s Head Theatre & The Vaults

Unreachable – Royal Court Theatre

Talking about the awards Mark and Terri said: “The UK has a number of theatre awards, each of which provides a unique perspective on our industry. But despite the spectrum of opinion gauged in these many prize-givings, there are still some key categories that aren’t well covered elsewhere. We founded the Also Recognised Awards to fill some of those gaps. These online awards are purely about recognising and celebrating that talent.”

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