What’s On Stage Awards Winners 2017
The winners of the 17th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards have been announced. In a ceremony at the Prince of Wales Theatre, hosts Vikki Stone and Simon Lipkin announced the winners of the only major theatre awards voted for by the audience.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was the big winner of the evening, taking home eight awards, a record number of WhatsOnStage Awards won for a play. The eighth story in the Harry Potter series took home awards for Best Actor in a Play for Jamie Parker, Best Supporting Actress in a Play for Noma Dumezweni, Best Supporting Actor in a Play for Anthony Boyle, Best New Play, Best Set Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Video Design and Best Director for John Tiffany.
In the musical categories, Half a Sixpence took home the most awards with three, including Best Actor in a Musical for Charlie Stemp, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Emma Williams and Best Choreography.
In the Best Play Revival category, No Man’s Land, which starred Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, won, beating The Boys in the Band, The Deep Blue Sea and Travesties.
Billie Piper took home her second WhatsOnStage Award in three years, winning Best Actress in a Play for the Young Vic production of Yerma. Amber Riley was named as Best Actress in a Musical for her turn as Effie White in Dreamgirls.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new show School of Rock won Best New Musical, while Funny Girl won Best Musical Revival.
Gary Barlow’s musical The Girls – soon to officially open in the West End – took home Best Regional Production, while The Last Five Years took Best Off-West End Production. Disney’s Aladdin took home two awards, Trevor Dion Nicholas won Best Supporting Actor and Gregg Barnes won Best Costume Design.
The winners were announced in a ceremony in the West End which featured performances from a host of shows in London. Tyrone Huntley sang “Heaven on their Minds”, Ria Jones sang “As If We Never Said Goodbye”, while Gary Trainor and the company of School of Rock performed “Teacher’s Pet”. Barlow also performed the song “Scarborough” from The Girls alongside Joanna Riding. Riley also performed alongside Dreamgirls co-star Liisi LaFontaine, and the cast of Half A Sixpence sung “Flash, Bang, Wallop”. Trevor Dion Nicholas also appeared alongside Dean John-Wilson in a performance of “Somebody’s Got Your Back” from Aladdin.
Marking 50 years in theatre, Cameron Mackintosh was honoured with a special award, the Equity Award for Lifetime Achievement (So Far).
Video interviews with this years winners and VIP guests below: