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WhatsOnStage Awards 2019: the winners in full

Aidan Turner in The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Noel Coward Theatre. Photo: Johan Persson
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Aidan Turner, Sophie Okonedo, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Jamael Westman are among the winners of this year’s WhatsOnStage Awards, presented in London on March 3. The awards are entirely voted for by the public.

Turner and Okonedo picked up lead acting prizes for The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Antony and Cleopatra respectively.

Fletcher won best actress in a musical for her performance in Heathers. The show also won best new musical ahead of Hamilton, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Six the Musical and Eugenius!.

Hamilton came away with the most awards of the night, winning five including best lead and best supporting actor in a musical for Westman and Jason Pennycooke respectively.

Other multiple winners included Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors, with three, and The Inheritance and The Madness of George III, which had two apiece.

Vicky Vox and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith hosted the awards, which were held at the Prince of Wales Theatre.

The Lieutenant of Inishmore review at Noel Coward Theatre, London – ‘bloody and blunt’

The winners in full

Best actor in a play
Aidan Turner for The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Noel Coward Theatre

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

Antony and Cleopatra starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo review at the National Theatre – ‘thrilling and lucid’

Best actor in a musical
Jamael Westman for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

Hamilton review at Victoria Palace Theatre, London – ‘world-shattering’

Best actress in a musical
Carrie Hope Fletcher for Heathers at Theatre Royal Haymarket

Heathers the Musical review at the Theatre Royal Haymarket – ‘Carrie Hope Fletcher dazzles’

Best supporting actor in a play
Adrian Scarborough for The Madness of George III at Nottingham Playhouse

The Madness of George III starring Mark Gatiss review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘Gatiss rises to the challenge’

Best supporting actress in a play
Vanessa Redgrave for The Inheritance at the Noel Coward Theatre

The Inheritance review at Young Vic, London – ‘ambitious, moving and compelling’

Best supporting actor in a musical
Jason Pennycooke for Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre

Best supporting actress in a musical
Patti LuPone for Company at the Gielgud Theatre

Company starring Rosalie Craig and Patti LuPone review at the Gielgud Theatre – ‘astonishing’

Best new play
The Inheritance at the Noel Coward Theatre

Best new musical
Heathers the Musical at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Best play revival
The Madness of George III at Nottingham Playhouse

Best musical revival
Little Shop of Horrors at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Little Shop of Horrors review at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London – ‘snappy as a Venus flytrap’

Best direction
Marianne Elliott for Company at the Gielgud Theatre

Best choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler for Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre

Best costume design
Paul Tazewell for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

Best set design
Tom Scutt for Little Shop of Horrors at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Best lighting design
Howell Binkley for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

Best video design
Terry Scruby for Chess at the London Coliseum

Chess review at the London Coliseum – ‘wobbly and confused’

Best Off-West End production
Six the Musical at the Arts Theatre

Six review at Arts Theatre, London – ‘Tudor history goes pop’

Best regional production
Spring Awakening at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Spring Awakening review at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester – ‘a vital revival’

Best original cast recording
Everybody’s Taking About Jamie

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie review at Apollo Theatre, London – ‘Layton Williams slays it’

Best show poster
Little Shop of Horrors at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Best West End show
Les Misérables

Services to theatre
Michael Grandage

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