|Sheridan Smith - Best Actress in a Musical|
Full List: 2011 Whatsonstage.com Award Winners
Date: 20 February 2011
The UK’s leading theatre website today reveals the winners for 2011 Whatsonstage.com Awards, the only prize-giving event for the theatre industry voted for purely by the ticket-buying public.
At a star-studded awards concert held this evening (20 February) at the West End’s Prince of Wales Theatre, Legally Blonde led the way with four awards, including Best New Musical.
Awards co-host Sheridan Smith won Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Elle Woods while the Phantom himself from Love Never Dies, Ramin Karimloo, scooped Best Actor in a Musical and his co-star Joseph Millson, who plays his love rival Raoul, secured Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.
Other big winners included Les Misérables. Its epic 25th anniversary concert at The O2, which brought together over 500 past and present cast members, took home Theatre Event of the Year and Best Ensemble Performance, whilst the 25th anniversary production at the Barbican, also won Best Musical Revival.
The awards - hosted by Sheridan Smith, Christopher Biggins and Miranda Hart - were staged in aid of this year’s adopted charity The Theatrical Guild.
THE FULL LIST OF 2010/11 WINNERS (winners denoted in bold)
The SPOTLIGHT Best Actress in a Play Helen McCrory – The Late Middle Classes at the Donmar Warehouse Jenny Jules – Ruined at the Almeida Kim Cattrall – Private Lives at the Vaudeville Nancy Carroll – After the Dance at the National, Lyttelton Tracie Bennett – End of the Rainbow at Trafalgar Studios Zoë Wanamaker – All My Sons at the Apollo
The SPOTLIGHT Best Actor in a Play Benedict Cumberbatch – After the Dance at the National, Lyttelton David Suchet – All My Sons at the Apollo Matthew Macfadyen – Private Lives at the Vaudeville Rory Kinnear – Hamlet at the National, Olivier & Measure for Measure at the Almeida Simon Russell Beale – Deathtrap at the Noel Coward & London Assurance at the National, Olivier Toby Stephens – The Real Thing at the Old Vic
Best Supporting Actress in a Play Clare Higgins – Hamlet at the National, Olivier Emma Cunniffe – The Crucible at the Open Air Theatre Fiona Shaw – London Assurance at the National, Olivier Harriet Walter – Women Beware Women at the National, Olivier Jemima Rooper – All My Sons at the Apollo Tamsin Greig – The Little Dog Laughed at the Garrick
Best Supporting Actor in a Play Adam James – Blood & Gifts at the National, Lyttelton Adrian Scarborough – After the Dance at the National, Lyttelton Eddie Redmayne – Red at the Donmar Warehouse Lee Ross – Birdsong at the Comedy Nigel Lindsay – Broken Glass at the Tricycle Stephen Campbell Moore – All My Sons at the Apollo
The BABY GRAND Best Actress in a Musical Anna-Jane Casey – Bells Are Ringing at the Union Elena Roger – Passion at the Donmar Warehouse Sheridan Smith – Legally Blonde at the Savoy Sierra Boggess – Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Tamzin Outhwaite – Sweet Charity at the Menier Chocolate Factory & Haymarket Victoria Hamilton-Barritt – Flashdance at the Shaftesbury
The EMG Best Actor in a Musical Alex Gaumond – Legally Blonde at the Savoy John Owen-Jones – Les Misérables 25th anniversary production at the Barbican Mark Umbers – Sweet Charity at the Menier Chocolate Factory & Haymarket Michael Arden – Aspects of Love at the Menier Chocolate Factory Ramin Karimloo – Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Sahr Ngaujah – Fela! at the National, Olivier
The NURSING STANDARD Best Supporting Actress in a Musical Hannah Waddingham – Into the Woods at the Open Air Jill Halfpenny – Legally Blonde at the Savoy Josefina Gabrielle – Sweet Charity at the Menier Chocolate Factory & Haymarket Rosalie Craig – Aspects of Love at the Menier Chocolate Factory Scarlett Strallen – Passion at the Donmar Warehouse Summer Strallen – Love Never Dies at the Adelphi
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical Chris Ellis-Stanton – Legally Blonde at the Savoy Dave Willetts – Aspects of Love at the Menier Chocolate Factory Joseph Millson – Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Michael Xavier – Into the Woods at the Open Air Paul J Medford – Sweet Charity at the Menier Chocolate Factory & Haymarket Tim Newman – All the Fun of the Fair at the Garrick
Best Ensemble Performance Hair – at the Gielgud Les Misérables 25th anniversary concert – the company of companies – at The O2 Men Should Weep – at the National, Lyttelton Posh – at the Royal Court Downstairs When We Are Married – at the Garrick Women, Power & Politics – at the Tricycle
The CAPITAL BREAKS Best Solo Performance Bob Golding – Morecambe at the Duchess Caroline O’Connor – The Showgirl Within at the Garrick Hugh Hughes – The Wonderful World of Hugh Hughes at the Barbican Pit Meera Syal – Shirley Valentine at the Menier Chocolate Factory & Trafalgar Studios 1 Michael Gambon – Krapp’s Last Tape at the Duchess Simon Callow – Shakespeare - The Man from Stratford, Dr Marigold & Mr Chops at Riverside Studios
The TAKE ONE MEDIA Best Takeover in a Role Ben Richards – Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the Palace Denise Van Outen – Legally Blonde at the Savoy Griff Rhys-Jones – Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane Kerry Ellis – Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane Lee Mead – Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Rachel Tucker – Wicked at the Apollo Victoria
The OBERON BOOKS Best New Play Anne Boleyn by Howard Brenton – at Shakespeare’s Globe Blood & Gifts by JT Rogers – at the National, Lyttelton Posh by Laura Wade – at the Royal Court Downstairs Red by John Logan – at the Donmar Warehouse Ruined by Lynn Nottage – at the Almeida Tribes by Nina Raine – at the Royal Court Downstairs
Best New Comedy Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris – at the Royal Court Downstairs Midsummer by David Greig – at Soho Morecambe by Tim Whitnall – at the Duchess Really Old, Like Forty-Five by Tamsin Oglesby – at the National, Cottesloe The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane – at the Garrick Yes, Prime Minister by Antony Jay & Jonathan Lynn – at the Gielgud
The SEE TICKETS Best New Musical All the Fun of the Fair by David Essex & Jon Conway – at the Garrick Departure Lounge by Dougal Irvine – at Waterloo East Fela! by Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Bill T Jones & Jim Lewis – at the National, Olivier Flashdance by Robbie Roth, Robert Cary & Tom Hadley – at the Shaftesbury Legally Blonde by Nell Benjamin, Laurence O'Keefe & Heather Hach – at the Savoy Love Never Dies by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Glenn Slater & Ben Elton – at the Adelphi
The RADISSON EDWARDIAN Best Play Revival After the Dance – at the National, Lyttelton All My Sons – at the Apollo Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – at the Novello Deathtrap – at the Noel Coward Design for Living – at the Old Vic The Real Thing – at the Old Vic
The AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP Best Musical Revival Bells Are Ringing – at the Union Hair – at the Gielgud Into the Woods – at the Open Air Les Misérables 25th anniversary production – at the Barbican Passion – at the Donmar Warehouse Sweet Charity – at the Menier Chocolate Factory & Theatre Royal Haymarket
The SHAKESPEARE 4 KIDZ Best Shakespearean Production As You Like It – at the Old Vic Hamlet – at the National, Olivier Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 – at Shakespeare’s Globe Macbeth – at Shakespeare’s Globe Measure for Measure – at the Almeida The Comedy of Errors – at the Open Air
The LAST SECOND TICKETS Best Director Howard Davies – All My Sons at the Apollo, The White Guard & Blood & Gifts at the National, Lyttelton Nicholas Hytner – Hamlet & London Assurance at the National, Olivier Roger Michell – Rope at the Almeida & Tribes at the Royal Court Downstairs Rupert Goold – Earthquakes in London at the National, Cottesloe Thea Sharrock – After the Dance at the National, Lyttelton Timothy Sheader – Into the Woods & The Crucible at the Open Air
Best Set Designer Bunny Christie – Men Should Weep at the National, Lyttelton Joanna Scotcher – The Railway Children at Waterloo Station Miriam Buether – Sucker Punch at the Royal Court Downstairs & Earthquakes in London at the National, Cottesloe Morgan Large – Flashdance at the Shaftesbury Soutra Gilmour – Into the Woods at the Open Air Stephen Brimson-Lewis – An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville
The WHITE LIGHT Best Lighting Designer James Farncombe – Ghost Stories at the Lyric Hammersmith & Duke of York’s Neil Austin – The Prince of Homburg at the Donmar Warehouse & Women Beware Women at the National, Olivier Paul Keogan – Novecento, Donmar at Trafalgar Studios 2 Paule Constable – Blasted at the Lyric Hammersmith, Posh at the Royal Court Downstairs & Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Peter Mumford – Sucker Punch at the Royal Court Downstairs Rick Fisher – Tribes at the Royal Court Downstairs
Best Choreographer Arlene Phillips – Flashdance at the Shaftesbury Bill T Jones – Fela! at the National, Olivier Jason Gilkison – Burn the Floor at the Shaftesbury Jerry Mitchell – Legally Blonde at the Savoy Karole Armitage – Hair at the Gielgud Stephen Mear – Shoes at Sadler’s Wells & Sweet Charity at the Menier Chocolate Factory & Theatre Royal Haymarket
The DEWYNTERS London Newcomer of the Year Ali Bastian & Brian Fortuna – Burn the Floor at the Shaftesbury Anya Reiss (playwright) – Spur of the Moment at the Royal Court Upstairs Daniel Kaluuya – Sucker Punch at the Royal Court Downstairs Jacob Casselden – Tribes at the Royal Court Downstairs Jonathan Groff – Deathtrap at the Noel Coward Robyn Addison – The Rivals at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
The LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE Best Off-West End Production A Number – at the Menier Chocolate Factory Bells Are Ringing – at the Union La Bohème – at the Cock Tavern, Kilburn & Soho The Beauty Queen of Leenane – at the Young Vic The Drowsy Chaperone – at Upstairs at the Gatehouse The Wages of Thin – at the Old Red Lion
Best Regional Production Hamlet – at Sheffield Crucible Chess – on tour Antony & Cleopatra – at the Liverpool Playhouse 42nd Street – at the Chichester Festival Theatre Lend Me a Tenor – at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth A Raisin in the Sun – at the Royal Exchange, Manchester
The EQUITY Best West End Show Jersey Boys – at the Prince Edward Les Misérables – at the Queen’s Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – at the Palace The Phantom of the Opera – at Her Majesty’s War Horse – at the New London Wicked – at the Apollo Victoria
The AKA Theatre Event of the Year Jellyfish, the UK’s first recycled theatre, built on a playground in Southwark Judi Dench returning to the role of Titania after 40 years for Sir Peter Hall in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Rose, Kingston Les Misérables’ 25th anniversary concert at The 02 & screened to cinemas worldwide The Donmar Warehouse’s “Sondheim at 80” concerts The relaunch of the King’s Head as London’s first new opera house in 40 years The transformation of the Eurostar terminal at Waterloo for The Railway Children
Special mentions The launch of the Young Vic’s 40th anniversary season You Me Bum Bum Train at the Barbican
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:
|We are so sorry that Tracie Bennett has not been recognised in some way this year for a truly show stopping acting AND singing performance in End of the Rainbow. There isn't a category that quite fits as she gives a best musical female performance in a play! Janet & John - John Newton||24 Feb 11|
|So dissappointed for Kerry Ellis, there wasn't much in it, but she is a far superior talent to Rachel Tucker. Kerry is totally amazing, the best elphaba, a fantastic and emotionally charged nancy, and I look forward to the opportunity of seeing her again soon. - aideen, Dublin, Ireland.||22 Feb 11|
|Absolutely delighted that Aamin Karimloo won Best Actor in a musical, much deserved! and that Les Mis 25th Anniversary Concert got the recognition it truly deserved....Very Happy! - Sandy Gilbert||21 Feb 11|
|Dissapointed Hair didn't win anything. And SO SHOCKED that Paint Never Dries won anything at all. - Josh Frazer||21 Feb 11|
|Congratulations to Rachel Tucker to finally get the recognition she so richly deserves; unbelievable vocal talent, with actor talent to match, she keeps a great show turning ...great stuff !!! - marty||21 Feb 11|
|As always with every year--my favourite night and mingling with all my favourite stars. As every year managed to be on the front row. This year we thought was one of the best with the lovely Sheridan back to host with Christopher Biggins and the added attraction of Miranda Hart was funny and infact they were the perfect trio. I got most of the Award winners right and Congrats to them all. A really superb night and can't wait already for next year - Joe Spiteri||21 Feb 11|
|War Horse deserved to win Best West End Show...nothing can compare to the all-round brilliance of this show and the emotional journey on which it takes its audience. - Diana Lyne||21 Feb 11|
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