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The Stage Debut Awards 2018: the nominees in full

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Now in their second year, The Stage Debut Awards are the only UK awards that specifically recognise breakthrough theatre talent, celebrating emerging actors and creatives from around the country. The winners will be announced at the ceremony on September 23, 2018. Here is the full list of shortlisted nominees…


Best actress in a play

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Best actor in a play

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Best actor in a musical

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Best actress in a musical

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  • Teleri Hughes for Spring Awakening at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
  • Eleanor Kane for Fun Home at the Young Vic, London
  • Rebecca Mendoza for Hairspray, on tour
  • Amara Okereke for Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre, London

Best director

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Best designer

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Best composer or lyricist

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Best writer

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  • Georgia Christou for Yous Two at Hampstead Theatre, London
  • Kendall Feaver for The Almighty Sometimes at the Royal Exchange, Manchester
  • Natasha Gordon for Nine Night at the National Theatre, London
  • Andrew Thompson for In Event of Moone Disaster at Theatre503, London
  • Joe White for Mayfly at the Orange Tree Theatre, London

The Joe Allen Best West End Debut

  • Mohammad Amiri for The Jungle at the Playhouse Theatre
  • Ashley Banjo for Dick Whittington at the London Palladium
  • Bryan Cranston for Network at the National Theatre
  • Michelle Greenidge for Nine Night at the National Theatre
  • John McCrea for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre
  • Kelli O’Hara for The King and I at the London Palladium
  • Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy for The Jungle at the Playhouse Theatre
  • Lucie Shorthouse for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre
  • Aidan Turner for The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Noel Coward Theatre
  • Adrienne Warren for Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre

The Joe Allen Best West End Debut is the only category open to a public vote. Cast your vote here.

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