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The Stage Debut Awards 2018: the winners in full

Director Phyllida Lloyd (right) presents Akshay Sharan with The Stage Debute Award for best actor in a play. Photo: David Monteith-Hodge

Best director
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Winner: Katy Rudd for The Almighty Sometimes [1] at the Royal Exchange, Manchester

Also nominated:
Iwan Lewis for One Minute [2]at the Barn, Cirencester
Alexandra Moxon for Wreck [3] at Nottingham Playhouse
Oscar Pearce for Great Apes [4] at the Arcola Theatre, London

Best actor in a play
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Winner: Akshay Sharan for The Reluctant Fundamentalist [5] at the Yard Theatre, London

Also nominated:
Seb Carrington for Summer and Smoke [6] at the Almeida Theatre, London
Chris Walley for The Lieutenant of Inishmore [7] at the Noel Coward Theatre, London
Alex Wilson for The Elephant Man [8] at Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Best composer or lyricist
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Winner: Gus Gowland for Pieces of String [9] at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Also nominated:
Kate Marlais for Abandon [10] at the Lyric Hammersmith, London
Matt Winkworth for The Assassination of Katie Hopkins [11]at Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Best actor in a musical
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Winner: Louis Gaunt for Oklahoma! [12] at Grange Park Opera, West Horsley

Also nominated:
Will Carey for It’s Only Life [13] at the Union Theatre, London
Toby Miles for Les Miserables [14] at the Queen’s Theatre, London
Simon Oskarsson for Return to the Forbidden Planet [15] at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Best actress in a play
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Winner: Gemma Dobson for Rita, Sue and Bob Too [16] at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Also nominated:
Kitty Archer for One for Sorrow [17] at the Royal Court Theatre, London
Lorna Fitzgerald for The Shadow Factory [18] at NST City, Southampton
Grainne O’Mahony for The Elephant Man [8] at Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Best writer
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Winner: Andrew Thompson for In Event of Moone Disaster [19] at Theatre503, London

Also nominated:
Georgia Christou for Yous Two [20] at Hampstead Theatre, London
Kendall Feaver for The Almighty Sometimes [1] at the Royal Exchange, Manchester
Natasha Gordon for Nine Night [21] at the National Theatre, London
Joe White for Mayfly [22] at the Orange Tree Theatre, London

Best designer
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Winner: Khadija Raza for Hijabi Monologues [23], Spun [24] and Mixtape [25], at the Bush Theatre, London, the Arcola Theatre, London and the Royal Exchange, Manchester

Also nominated:
Basia Binkowska for Devil With the Blue Dress [26] at the Bunker Theatre, London
Fin Redshaw for Pieces of String [9] and Love Me Now [27] at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester and the Tristan Bates Theatre, London
Jasmine Swan for Hyem [28], The Passing of the Third Floor Back [29], Hanna [30] and The Sleeper [31] at Theatre503, London, the Finborough Theatre, London, the Arcola Theatre, London, and Brighton Rialto

Best actress in a musical
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Winner: Amara Okereke for Les Miserables [14] at the Queen’s Theatre, London

Also nominated:
Teleri Hughes for Spring Awakening [32] at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
Eleanor Kane for Fun Home [33] at the Young Vic, London
Rebecca Mendoza for Hairspray [34], on tour

The Joe Allen Best West End Debut

Winner: Aidan Turner for The Lieutenant of Inishmore [7] at the Noel Coward Theatre

Also nominated:
Mohammad Amiri for The Jungle [35] at the Playhouse Theatre
Ashley Banjo for Dick Whittington [36] at the London Palladium
Bryan Cranston for Network [37] at the National Theatre
Michelle Greenidge for Nine Night [21] at the National Theatre
John McCrea for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie [38] at the Apollo Theatre
Kelli O’Hara for The King and I [39] at the London Palladium
Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy for The Jungle [35] at the Playhouse Theatre
Lucie Shorthouse for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie [38] at the Apollo Theatre
Adrienne Warren for Tina: The Tina Turner Musical [40] at the Aldwych Theatre