The prizes were handed out during an invitation-only lunchtime ceremony held today (28 October 2012) at the historic Guildhall.
This year the Awards were the latest to follow Whatsonstage.com's lead by including a first public vote, for the Best Touring Production category. The vote, which was hosted by media partner The Stage, was won by English Touring Theatre's presentation of the Shakespeare's Globe production of Anne Boleyn, by Howard Brenton.
Elsewhere, Imelda Staunton beat off competition from her Sweeney Todd co-star Michael Ball to win Best Performance in a Musical. However, Jonathan Kent's Chichester Festival Theatre production lost out to The Go-Between in the Best Musical category.
Graham Sutherland, head of lighting and sound at Glasgow Citizens,
and Northern Stage artistic director Erica Whyman - who leaves next
year to join the RSC as a full-time associate - shared the prize for
Theatre Employee of the Year. In an emotional speech, Whyman highlighted
the difficulties facing regional theatre in the wake of the cuts.
The full list of winners (in bold):
Best New Play
Best Performance in a Play
Best Supporting Performance
Best Musical Production
Best Performance in a Musical
Best Show for Children and Young People
Best Touring Production (voted by the public)
Achievement in Opera
Achievement in Dance
Theatre Employee/Manager of the Year
Achievement in Marketing
Most Welcoming Theatre
Promotion of Diversity
The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre
Outstanding Contribution to Theatre
Timothy West and Prunella Scales
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