The 42nd Street leads with 4 wins including best musical revival
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie wins 3 awards including best new musical, best actor in a musical and best supporting actress in a musical
The Ferryman leads the play categories with 3 wins including best play and best direction
Broadchurch co-stars Olivia Colman and David Tennant win best actress and best actor in a play
Sonia Friedman wins the equity award for services to theatre, with SFP Productions winning in 8 categories
At a ceremony at the Prince of Wales Theatre hosted by Trevor Dion Nicholas and Vikki Stone, the winners of the 18th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards were announced – the only major theatre awards decided entirely by the theatregoers themselves.
With Hamilton having revised its opening night date making it ineligible for this year’s awards, the field was wide open. Leading the pack with four wins was 42nd Street currently running at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane – taking Best Musical Revival, Best Choreography, Best Set Design and Best Costume Design – from a total of eight nominations. Closely behind with three wins was Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae’s homegrown British hit which began its life at Sheffield Theatres, before a much-deserved West End transfer. It received Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical for John McCrea, and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Lucie Shorthouse. In the musical categories, out of eight nominations, Bat Out of Hell landed one win for Best Lighting Design.
Matching Jamie’s three wins, and leading in the play categories, was The Ferryman – Jez Butterworth’s five star critically acclaimed play which opened at the Royal Court before running at the Gielgud Theatre, ahead of a recently announced Broadway run. Butterworth wins the Award for Best New Play, with Sam Mendes taking Best Direction, and Fra Fee winning Best Supporting Actor in a Play.
In the acting categories, Broadchurch co-stars Olivia Colman and David Tennant triumphed as Best Actress in a Play and Best Actor in a Play for their respective roles in Mosquitoes at the National Theatre, and Don Juan in Soho at the Wyndham’s Theatre. This is a first WhatsOnStage Award win for Colman, but a third for Tennant who has taken home the Best Actor in a Play category twice before for Hamlet and Richard II, with a further nomination for Much Ado About Nothing.
Tennant said “The WhatsOnStage Awards are a wonderful evening celebrating everything that’s good about London theatre and I’m so chuffed to be winning this for Don Juan in Soho, thank you all so much. It was an amazing experience working with the incredible Patrick Marber, the peerless Adrian Scarborough and a fantastic cast of brilliant, talented, enthusiastic, wonderful people so thank you to all of them. It was a real privilege getting to do a play about Soho in Soho and especially over a summer when London sadly suffered terrible attacks, the play itself began to feel like a real celebration of London. And indeed one of the crown jewels of London which is theatreland and the WhatsOnStage Awards are such a glorious celebration of that, so thank you all for voting and thank you all for getting involved.
Best Actress in a Musical was won by Carrie Hope Fletcher for her performance in the touring production of The Addams Family; with Ross Noble winning Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for Young Frankenstein. Musicals also triumphed in the Best Off-West End category with Hair; the touring production of Sunset Boulevard winning Best Regional Production; and Les Misérableswinning Best Original Cast Recording.
The Almeida Theatre’s production of Hamlet led by Andrew Scott won Best Play Revival, with Juliet Stevenson winning Best Supporting Actress in a Play for her performance as Gertrude.
Sonia Friedman won the Equity Award for Services to Theatre, with SFP Productions taking eight wins across the evening in another successful year for the company. As well as awards for The Ferryman, Don Juan in Soho and Hamlet, they were also represented by the West End phenomenon Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which won Best Show Poster and Best West End Show.
WhatsOnStage’s Chief Operating Officer Sita McIntosh said today, “2017 was such a strong year for theatre, and it’s wonderful to see such a broad cross section of work recognised in this year’s awards – many of the nominees were running neck and neck during the voting process due to the strength of talent represented. It’s also great to see new work being recognised across the categories with both Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and The Ferryman winning multiple awards.”
Performances at the event included the title track from The Greatest Showman featuring the hosts Trevor Dion Nicholas and Vikki Stone, with Jonny Labey, Matthew Croke, Christine Allado, and Melanie La Barrie; Janie Dee singing “Could I Leave You?” from Follies; “A Very Good Day” from Working performed by Liam Tamne and Siubhan Harrison; the cast of Hair with “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In”; the company of Bat Out of Hell singing a medley from the production; Tyrone Huntley, Alice Fearn and Hannah-Jane Fox performing a selection of songs from current Broadway shows; “Get Into Your Dance” from Clare Halse and the cast of 42nd Street, and the company of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie performing the title song.
The full list of winners at the 18th WhatsOnStage Awards
Best Actor in a Play:David Tennant, Don Juan in Soho
Best Actress in a Play: Olivia Colman, Mosquitoes
Best Actor in a Musical:John McCrea, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Best Actress in a Musical: Carrie Hope Fletcher, The Addams Family
Best Supporting Actor in a Play:Fra Fee, The Ferryman
Best Supporting Actress in a Play: Juliet Stevenson, Hamlet
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical:Ross Noble, Young Frankenstein
Best Supporting Actress in a Musical:Lucie Shorthouse, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Best New Play: The Ferryman
Best New Musical: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Best Play Revival: Hamlet
Best Musical Revival: 42nd Street
Best Director: Sam Mendes, The Ferryman
Best Choreography: Randy Skinner, 42nd Street
Best Costume Design: Roger Kirk, 42nd Street
Best Set Design: Douglas W. Schmidt, 42nd Street
Best Lighting Design: Patrick Woodroffe, Bat Out of Hell
Best Video Design: 59 Productions, An American in Paris
Best Off-West End Production: Hair
Best Regional Production: Sunset Boulevard
Best Original Cast Recording: Les Misérables
Best Show Poster: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Best West End Show: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Equity Award for Services to Theatre: Sonia Friedman