Vote for The Joe Allen Best West End Debut Award

The Stage Debut Awards

Vote for The Joe Allen Best West End Debut Award

The Stage Debut Awards are the only theatre awards to recognise breakthrough actors and creatives from all backgrounds.

The Joe Allen Best West End Debut is the only category to have the winner decided by public vote. The public and industry professionals made nominations for all categories, with the shortlist decided by an expert panel. The winner will be announced at The Stage Debut Awards on September 17, 2017.

Voting is now closed for The Joe Allen Best West End Debut. Follow The Stage on Facebook to watch the awards ceremony on Facebook Live at 8.30pm on Sunday, September 17.


The 2017 Nominees

John Boyega for Woyzeck at the Old Vic

Photo: Manuel Harlan

Anthony Boyle for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre

Photo: Manuel Harlan

Andy Karl for Groundhog Day at the Old Vic

Photo: Manuel Harlan

Audra McDonald for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill at Wyndhams Theatre

Photo: Marc Brenner

Andrew Polec for Bat Out of Hell at the London Coliseum

Photo: Specular

Imogen Poots for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Photo: Johan Persson

Amber Riley for Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre

Photo: Brinkhoff and Mogenburg

Charlie Stemp for Half a Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre

Photo: Manuel Harlan


The Best West End Debut Sponsor

Joe Allen is the historic theatre-land restaurant which has been housed on Exeter St in Covent Garden for the past 40 years but which will soon move to a new home, 25 metres down the road, at 2 Burleigh Street.

A stalwart for the great and the good of the West End, Joe’s is the ultimate New York brasserie, offering classic American dishes, cocktails and a show tune or two at the piano. Open 7 days a week from brunch to pre-theatre and well into the evening after the curtains have been drawn on the London theatre circuit, it has often been dubbed the ‘West-End Canteen’ owing to the many actors, celebrities and even royalty who have been visiting Joe Allen since it opened its doors in January 1977. In 2012 Tim Healy and Lawrence Hartley took over the business, breathing a new lease of life into the institution which will re-open at its new address in late August 2017, bringing with them the whole Joe’s team and, almost everything but the kitchen sink.

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