The Book of Mormon and Michael Grandage Company win big at Whatsonstage Awards
The Michael Grandage Company and The Book of Mormon have won the most prizes at this year’s Whatsonstage Awards, with both of them receiving four gongs each.
Within the MGC five-play season, Daniel Radcliffe’s performance in The Cripple of Inishmaan won him best actor in a play, while David Walliams scooped the prize for best supporting actor in play for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. That play also won best Shakespearean production.
Grandage himself was handed the best director gong for his work across the season of plays, which ran at the Noel Coward Theatre.
The Book of Mormon, which plays at the Prince of Wales Theatre, dominated the musicals categories.
The production, which has book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, won best new musical. It saw off competition from other shows including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Once.
It also received the best actor in a musical prize for Gavin Creel’s performance, as well as the best supporting actor and actress in a musical gongs, which went to Stephen Ashfield and Alexia Khadime respectively.
Sonia Friedman, one of the show’s London producers, said: “We had no idea whether London would embrace The Book of Mormon. Obviously it’s a phenomenon in America and now it’s been a phenomenon here. We opened this time last year and we’ve played to over half a million people so its amazing. It’s a tribute to the cast and everybody not here [tonight].”
Jared Gertner, who plays Elder Cunningham in the London show and who also appeared in the US production, said: “The Book of Mormon has the best fans in the world… although I think the London audiences are even better. They have stuck with us this whole time. The show is so brilliantly written and fun to do but it is the energy between us up here and the people out there that is so full of love and vibrancy that make it an exciting night of theatre very night.”
At a ceremony held this evening at the Prince of Wales Theatre, other awards – which are voted for by the public – were given to Helen Mirren, who was named best actress in a play for The Audience, and to her co-star Haydn Gwynne, who won best supporting actress. The Audience, which is written by Peter Morgan and ran at the Gielgud Theatre, also won best new play.
Rupert Grint took home the London newcomer of the year prize for Mojo at the Harold Pinter Theatre, while Scarlett Strallen was recognised for her performances in A Chorus Line at the London Palladium and Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory, winning her the title of best actress in a musical.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre won best musical revival and best play revival for The Sound of Music and To Kill a Mockingbird, respectively.
Elsewhere at the awards, best off West End production went to Titanic, which ran at the Southwark Playhouse and Sheffield Theatres’ My Fair Lady took the best regional production prize.
The full list of award winners is:
Best actress in a play
Helen Mirren – The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre
Best actor in a play
Daniel Radcliffe – The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Noel Coward Theatre
Best supporting actress in a play
Haydn Gwynne – The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre
Best supporting actor in a play
David Walliams – A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Noel Coward Theatre
Best actress in a musical
Scarlett Strallen – A Chorus Line at the London Palladium and Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory
Best actor in a musical
Gavin Creel – The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
Best supporting actress in a musical
Alexia Khadime – The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
Best supporting actor in a musical
Stephen Ashfield – The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
Best solo performance
Barry Humphries – Eat Pray Laugh! Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour at the London Palladium
Best ensemble performance
A Chorus Line – at the London Palladium
Best takeover in a role
Carrie Hope Fletcher – Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre
Best new play
The Audience by Peter Morgan – at the Gielgud Theatre
Best new comedy
The Play that Goes Wrong by Henry Shields, Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer – at the Old Red Lion Theatre and Trafalgar Studios
Best new musical
The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez – at the Prince of Wales Theatre
Best play revival
To Kill a Mockingbird – at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Best musical revival
The Sound of Music – at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Best Shakespearean production
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – at the Noel Coward Theatre
Michael Grandage – the Michael Grandage Season at the Noel Coward Theatre
Best set designer
Mark Thompson – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Best lighting designer
Adam Silverman – Macbeth at Trafalgar Studios
Peter Darling – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Award for best original music
Once by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – at the Phoenix Theatre
London newcomer of the year
Rupert Grint – Mojo at the Harold Pinter Theatre
Best off-West End production
Titanic – at Southwark Playhouse
Best regional production
My Fair Lady – at Sheffield Crucible
Best West End show
Matilda the Musical – Royal Shakespeare Company at the Cambridge Theatre
Theatre event of the year
The National Theatre’s 50th anniversary gala, broadcast live on the BBC
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