It’s the moment you and the rest of Theatre Land have been waiting for, yes it was the announcement today of the new annual Also Recognised Award Winners. After a month of voting that has quite honestly flown by and the involvement of over 15,000 people voting, Terri Paddock and Mark Shenton’s awards can only be described as a resounding triumph. After founding MyTheatreMates.com , these awards are reinforcing what a powerhouse the Paddock and Shenton Duo are in British Theatre. They have created with the Also Recognised Awards, accolades that are voted by the people who watch Theatre, to reward those who make Theatre happen.
Here are the Winners below:
Best Musical Direction Alan Williams for his work on Jamie Lloyd’s revival of Sondheim’s Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Theatre Event of the Year – Nimax Theatres for its reopening of the Apollo Theatre just three months after its partial ceiling collapse.
Best Ensemble Performance awarded to the satirical Forbidden Broadway, which transferred to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre from the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Best Shakespearean Production A second Jamie Lloyd production, Richard III starring Martin Freeman as part of Lloyd’s Trafalgar Transformed seasons at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios.
Best Original Music – awarded to Joe DiPietro and David Bryan for their original score and lyrics on Memphis The Musical at the West End’s Shaftesbury Theatre.
Best Solo Performance – awarded to Juliet Stevenson for her performance as Winnie in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at the Young Vic.
London Newcomer of the Year – awarded to performer Damian Buhagiar, who made his debut in the London premiere of Lin Manuel-Miranda musical In the Heights at Southwark Playhouse.
Best Twitter Engagement – Les Miserables (@lesmisofficial) at the Queen’s Theatre
Best Show Poster – Urinetown at the St James and Apollo Theatres
Best Show Trailer – Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre
Please let me know your thoughts on the winners, would love to hear your views.