Helpmann Awards for the performing arts announced in Australia
The Helpmann Awards, recognising the cream of the performing arts in Australia, have been announced in Sydney.
Hosted at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre by actor and comedian Jonathan Biggins, with supporting stars such as award-winning English director John Tiffany, former Neighbours star Craig McLachlan and Australian musical theatre legend Nancye Hayes, the awards showcase the talents and achievements of Australian theatre and are presented by Live Performance Australia (LPA).
Opera was the dominant art form on the night, with Opera Australia’s The Melbourne Ring Cycle winning six awards: best direction of an opera (Neil Armfield), best supporting female in an opera (Jacqueline Dark), best supporting male in an opera (Warwick Fyfe), best male in an opera (Terje Stensvold), best opera, and best music direction.
The other forms of musical theatre were also well-represented, with Windmill Theatre and State Theatre Company of South Australia’s Pinocchio winning two awards: best presentation for children and best new Australian work.
Other awards for Australian work went to The Australian Ballet (best ballet or dance work for Chroma) and Opera Australia and John Foot (best musical for The King and I).
Backstage personnel were also rewarded, with Iain Grandage winning best original score for When Time Stops, Gabriela Tylesova receiving best scenic design for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and best sound design going to Michael Waters for The King and I.
You can view the full list of nominees and winners on the Helpmann Awards site.
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