In Pictures….WhatsOnStage Awards 2019

Lin Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton won five awards at the ceremony which took place Sunday evening.

Cleve September accepts the award for Best Lighting Design on behalf of Howell Binkley and Jason Pennycooke accepts the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (c) Dan Woller.

The 19th annual WhatsOnStage Awards took place at the Prince of Wales Theatre last night, with Hamilton leading the way winning five awards during the evening including 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.

Not far behind was the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production of Little Shop of Horrors which won three awards across the evening including Best Poster, Best Musical Revival and Best Set Design.

Heathers the Musical also won two awards at the ceremony for Best New Musical and Best Actress in a Musical award for Carrie Hope Fletcher, with the gender switched production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company also winning two awards: Best Director for Marianne Elliott and Best Supporting Actress in a musical for Patti LuPone.

Paul Taylor-Mills accepts the award for Best New Musical, Carrie Hope Fletcher accepts the award for Best Actress in a Musical, Jodie Steele, Sophie Isaacs, Jamie Muscato, Chris Chung and Nathan Amzi (c)Dan Woller.

Meanwhile, The Inheritance and The Madness of George III won 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.

The Best Actor and Actress awards were won by Aidan Turner for his performance in The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Sophie Okonedo for her performance Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre.

Aidan Turner accepts the award for Best Actor in a Play (c)Dan Woller.

Director Michael Grandage was awarded 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.

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

Talking about the awards WhatsOnStage’s Chief Operating Officer Sita McIntosh said “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.”

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