You lucky ducks, I’m here to give you a double dose of West End Wilma this week in celebration of our very first West End Wilma Awards 2014.
The first ever Wilma Awards, in association with Freedom Bar Soho took place on 7 November 2014 at an exclusive invite-only ceremony at Freedom Bar in Soho, hosted by my dear friend Tim McArthur.
Guests at the ceremony included star of the stage and screen (and, of course, the ice) Bonnie Langford as well as theatre and blogging royalty in the form of Harriet Thorpe, Gina Beck, Stephen Ashfield, Hugh Maynard, Kate Monster, Lucie Mae Sumner, West End Producer, David Hunter, Kim Ismay, Ed Watson, Nellie McQuinn, Jordan Lee Davies, Lizzy Connolly, Jason Winter and Joshua Wyatt. Phew!
Kieran Brown closed the show by singing a rewritten version of the tongue-in-cheek Spamalot song Divas Lament, referencing several of the people in the audience in the process. More than 2,000 people voted for their favourite shows, venues, performers and websites in the first of what will hopefully be many annual awards shows to come.
It was a brilliant afternoon and, for the first year, I don’t think I could have asked for it to have gone any better! Now I just have to make sure that next year is even bigger and better!
On with the show dears! I’ll see you at the end of the week for my theatre news round-up, but, in the mean time, here’s a reminder of who took home a Wilma.
Best West End Show
T see what’s so special about Miss Saigon, find tickets, here.
Most Underrated West End Show
The 39 Steps
Get tickets to The 39 steps here and see if you agree with their win.
Best Fringe Production
Urinetown – St James Theatre
Get swept away with the fantastic Urinetown, here.
Best Touring Production
Catch Avenue Q on tour, find tickets here.
Best Supporting Cast Member
Alexia Khadime – Book of Mormon
See Alexia in action in Book of Mormon here.
Best Take Over In A Role
David Hunter – Once
Catch Once now, before it leaves The Phoenix Theatre next March, find tickets here.
Best Theatre Blog
West End Frame
Rising Star Award
Most Welcoming Venue
The Union Theatre
Lifetime Achievement In Theatre
Don’t forget to check back in with me at the end of the week, when I’ll be giving you my weekly roundup of everything that’s hot and happening in theatre-land.