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2018: The year’s best theatre awards in full

Giles Terera and Michael Jibson at the Oliviers earlier this year. Photo: Pamela Raith Giles Terera and Michael Jibson at the Oliviers earlier this year. Photo: Pamela Raith
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Our chronological rundown of who received which awards in 2018


The Stage Awards (January)

Nicholas Hytner’s new Bridge Theatre among winners of The Stage Awards 2018

Regional theatre of the year
Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

London theatre of the year
Almeida Theatre

Fringe theatre of the year
Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Theatre building of the year
Bridge Theatre, London

Producer of the year
Hull City of Culture

School of the year
Royal Exchange Young Company, Manchester

International award
Imaginate for the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival

Innovation award
The Everyman Company, Liverpool

Sustainability award
Arcola Theatre, London

Unsung hero
Clare Ferraby

Interior designer Clare Ferraby

Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards (January)

Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2018: winners in full

Most promising newcomer
Sheila Atim for Girl from the North Country, Old Vic and Noel Coward Theatre, London;
John McCrea for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Sheffield Crucible and Apollo Theatre, London

Best Shakespearean performance
Andrew Scott for Hamlet, Almeida and Harold Pinter theatres, London

Most promising playwright
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins for An Octoroon at Orange Tree Theatre and Gloria at Hampstead Theatre, London

Best musical
Hamilton, Victoria Palace Theatre, London

Best designer
Vicki Mortimer for Follies, National Theatre, London

Best director
Dominic Cooke for Follies, National Theatre

Best actress
Victoria Hamilton for Albion, Almeida Theatre

Best actor
Bryan Cranston for Network, National Theatre

Best new play
The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth, Royal Court and Gielgud Theatre, London

Special award
David Lan

Network’s stage management team with Bryan Cranston, third left, at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards. Photo: Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards

Tonic Awards (March)

Caryl Churchill and Katie Mitchell among winners of awards celebrating women in theatre

Emma de Souza, Clean Break Theatre Company, Waking the Feminists, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, Steffi Holtz, Gina Abolins, Kully Thiarai, Lyn Gardner, Caryl Churchill, Katie Mitchell

Olivier Awards 2018 (April)

Olivier Awards 2018: the winners in full

Best actor in a supporting role in a musical
Michael Jibson for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

Best actress in a supporting role in a musical
Sheila Atim for Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic

Outstanding achievement in music
Hamilton: Composer Lin-Manuel Miranda at Victoria Palace Theatre

Best new dance production
Flight Pattern by Crystal Pite at Royal Opera House, London

Outstanding achievement in dance
Francesca Velicu for her performance in English National Ballet’s production of Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre Du Printemps at Sadler’s Wells, London

Best entertainment and family
Dick Whittington at London Palladium

Best theatre choreographer
Andy Blankenbuehler for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

Best musical revival
Follies at National Theatre, Olivier

Best actor in a musical
Giles Terera for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

Best actress in a musical
Shirley Henderson for Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic

Best revival
Angels in America at National Theatre, Lyttelton

Best new comedy
Labour of Love at Noel Coward Theatre

Outstanding achievement in affiliate theatre
Killology at Royal Court Theatre, London

Best lighting design
Howell Binkley for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

Best sound design
Nevin Steinberg for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

Best costume design
Vicki Mortimer for Follies at National Theatre, Olivier

Best set design
Bob Crowley and 59 Productions for An American in Paris at Dominion Theatre, London

Best actor in a supporting role
Bertie Carvel for Ink at Almeida Theatre and Duke of York’s, London

Best actress in a supporting role
Denise Gough for Angels in America at National Theatre, Lyttelton

Best new opera production
Semiramide at Royal Opera House

Outstanding achievement in opera
Joyce DiDonato and Daniela Barcellona for their performances in Semiramide at Royal Opera House

Best actor
Bryan Cranston for Network at National Theatre, Lyttelton

Best actress
Laura Donnelly for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Royal Court Theatre

Best director
Sam Mendes for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre

Best new play
The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre Royal Court Theatre

Best new musical
Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

Cast of Hamilton arriving at the Olivier Awards. Photo: Darren Bell
Cast of Hamilton arriving at the Olivier Awards. Photo: Darren Bell

Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (June)

Edinburgh Lyceum’s Rhinoceros scoops four prizes at Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland

Best male performance
Robert Jack, Rhinoceros, Edinburgh International Festival and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in association with DOT Theatre, Istanbul

Best female performance
Jessica Hardwick, Knives in Hens, Perth Theatre

Best ensemble
The Belle’s Stratagem, Royal Lyceum Theatre

Best director
Murat Daltaban, Rhinoceros, Edinburgh International Festival and Royal Lyceum Theatre in association with DOT Theatre

Best design
Jamie Harrison (co-designer), Rebecca Hamilton (co-designer and lead model maker), Simon Wilkinson (lighting designer), Flight, Vox Motus in association with Beacon Arts Centre, commissioned by Edinburgh International Festival

Best music and sound
Oguz Kaplangi (composer, sound designer), Rhinoceros, Edinburgh International Festival and Royal Lyceum Theatre in association with DOT Theatre

Best technical presentation
Flight, Vox Motus in association with Beacon Arts Centre, commissioned by Edinburgh International Festival

Best production for children and young people
Space Ape, Andy Cannon and Red Bridge Arts

Best new play
Peter Arnott, The Monarch of the Glen (adapted from the novel by Compton Mackenzie), Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Best production
Rhinoceros, Edinburgh International Festival and Royal Lyceum Theatre in association with DOT Theatre

Genesis Futures Directors Award (September)
John R Wilkinson

The Stage Debut Awards (September)

The Stage Debut Awards 2018: the winners in full

Best director
Katy Rudd for The Almighty Sometimes at the Royal Exchange Theatre

Best actor in a play
Akshay Sharan for The Reluctant Fundamentalist at the Yard Theatre, London

Best composer or lyricist
Gus Gowland for Pieces of String at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Best actor in a musical
Louis Gaunt for Oklahoma! at Grange Park Opera, West Horsley

Best actress in a play
Gemma Dobson for Rita, Sue and Bob Too at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Best writer
Andrew Thompson for In Event of Moone Disaster at Theatre503, London

Best designer
Khadija Raza for Hijabi Monologues, Spun and Mixtape, at the Bush Theatre, London, the Arcola Theatre, and the Royal Exchange

Best actress in a musical
Amara Okereke for Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre, London

The Joe Allen Best West End Debut
Aidan Turner for The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Noel Coward Theatre

The Stage Debut award winners, left to right: Gus Gowland, Akshay Sharan, Katy Rudd, Amara Okereke, Louis Gaunt, Khadjia Raza, Gemma Dobson and Andrew Thompson. Photo: Alex Brenner
The Stage Debut award winners, left to right: Gus Gowland, Akshay Sharan, Katy Rudd, Amara Okereke, Louis Gaunt, Khadjia Raza, Gemma Dobson and Andrew Thompson. Photo: Alex Brenner

UK Theatre Awards (October)

2018 UK Theatre Awards: the winners in full

Best new play
The Almighty Sometimes Royal Exchange Theatre

Best musical production
The Assassination of Katie Hopkins, Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Best touring production
Three Sisters, RashDash

Best show for children and young people
The Little Mermaid, The Egg – Theatre Royal Bath and Pins and Needles

Best director
Sarah Frankcom for Our Town, Royal Exchange Theatre

Best design
Morgan Large for Wonderland, Nottingham Playhouse

Best performance in a play
Denise Black for The Cherry Orchard, Sherman Theatre

Best performance in a musical
Ashley Zhangazha for Guys and Dolls, Royal Exchange Theatre

Best supporting performance
Gemma Dobson for Rita, Sue and Bob Too Octagon Theatre

Achievement in dance
Northern Ballet for its programming, particularly The Little Mermaid and its Kenneth MacMillan tribute

Achievement in opera
David Pountney and Tomas Hanus for their artistic leadership of Welsh National Opera

The Renee Stepham Award for best presentation of touring theatre
Scottish Ballet

Theatre employee of the year
Clare Lindsay, Watermill Theatre

Promotion of diversity
Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Achievement in marketing/audience development
The Old Vic, London

Clothworkers’ Theatre award
Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Outstanding contribution to British theatre
Maxine Peake

UK’s most welcoming theatre
The Mill at Sonning

Gielgud Award for excellence in the dramatic arts
Richard Eyre

Presenter, Theatre by the Lake artistic director Conrad Lynch, award winner Maxine Peake and award winner and presenter Manchester Royal Exchange artistic director Sarah Frankcom

Evening Standard Theatre Awards (November)

Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2018: the winners in full

Best actor
Ralph Fiennes for Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre

Best actress
Sophie Okonedo for Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre

Best director
Marianne Elliott for Company at the Gielgud Theatre

Best play
The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez, at the Young Vic and Noel Coward Theatre

Best musical
Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre

Best musical performance
Rosalie Craig for Company at the Gielgud Theatre

Best design
Miriam Buether for The Jungle at the Young Vic and the Playhouse Theatre, London

Most promising playwright
Natasha Gordon for Nine Night at the National Theatre

Emerging talent award
Jamael Westman for Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre

Actor Rosalie Craig on the red carpet

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