Hamlet, Gypsy and Kinky Boots triumph at 2016 What’s On Stage Awards

Tonight, Sunday 21 February 2016 saw the annual WhatsOnStage.com awards take place at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London’s West End. It looks like it was a star studded event with stars of the stage and screen there to accept their awards for some of the best theatrical performances of the past twelve months.

Hamlet at the Barbican and Gypsy both won four awards (Hamlet – Best Actor in a Play for Benedict Cumberbatch, Best Play Revival, Best Set Design and Best Lighting and Gypsy – Best Actress for Imelda Staunton, Best Supporting Actress for Lara Pulver, Best Direction and Best Musical Revival) and Kinky Boots took three (Best New Musical, Best Actor for Matt Henry and Best Choreography).

Nicole Kidman won Best Actress in a Play for her performance in Photograph 51 and the show also won Best New Play. Other winners included Judi Dench, Mark Gatiss and David Bedella. Mary Poppins won Best Regional Production, Carrie – Best Off-West End Production and Les Miserables took Best West End Show.


Full list of winners:

Best Actor in a Play sponsored by Radisson Blu Edwardian:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Hamlet
James McAvoy, The Ruling Class
Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man
Mark Rylance, Farinelli and the King
Alex Hassell, Henry V


Best Actress in a Play sponsored by The Umbrella Rooms:
Nicole Kidman, Photograph 51
Denise Gough, People, Places and Things
Lia Williams, Oresteia
Rosalie Craig, As You Like It
Harriet Walter, Death of a Salesman


Best Actor in a Musical sponsored by Century:
Killian Donnelly, Kinky Boots
Michael Ball, Mack and Mabel
Matt Henry, Kinky Boots
Sam Mackay, In the Heights
Ben Forster, Elf the Musical


Best Actress in a Musical:
Imelda Staunton, Gypsy
Beverley Knight, Cats
Kimberley Walsh, Elf the Musical
Lily Frazer, In the Heights
Katie Brayben, Beautiful


Best Supporting Actor in a Play:
Ciaran Hinds, Hamlet
Mark Gatiss, Three Days in the Country
Bertie Carvel, Bakkhai
Johnny Flynn, Hangmen
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Hamlet


Best Supporting Actress in a Play sponsored by Tonic Theatre Company:
Sian Brooke, Hamlet
Anastasia Hille, Hamlet
Imogen Doel, The Importance of Being Earnest
Patsy Ferran, As You Like It
Judi Dench, The Winter’s Tale


Best Supporting Actor in a Musical:
Lucas Rush, American Idiot
Alexis Gerred, American Idiot
David Bedella, In The Heights
Jack Edwards, Mack and Mabel
Peter Davison, Gypsy


Best Supporting Actress in a Musical sponsored by Newman:
Lara Pulver, Gypsy
Jennie Dale, Elf the Musical
Amy Lennox, Kinky Boots
Lauren Samuels, Bend It Like Beckham
Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, In The Heights


Best New Play:
Photograph 51
People, Places and Things
Farinelli and the King


Best New Musical sponsored by Shine Creative Solutions:
Kinky Boots
Bend It Like Beckham
Elf the Musical
In The Heights


Best Play Revival:
Importance of Being Earnest
The Ruling Class
Death of a Salesman


Best Musical Revival sponsored by R&H Theatricals Europe:
High Society
Mack and Mabel
American Idiot


Best Direction:
Hamlet, Lyndsey Turner
In The Heights, Luke Sheppard
American Idiot, Racky Plews
Kinky Boots, Jerry Mitchell
Gypsy, Jonathan Kent


Best Choreography sponsored by Capezio:
Kinky Boots, Jerry Mitchell
In The Heights, Drew McOnie
High Society, Nathan M Wright
Gypsy, Stephen Mear
American Idiot, Racky Plews


Best Set Design sponsored by Theatre Cafe:
Hamlet, Es Devlin
American Idiot, Sara Perks
Kinky Boots, David Rockwell
In The Heights, Takis
Gypsy, Anthony Ward


Best Lighting Design sponsored by White Light:
Hamlet, Jane Cox
In The Heights, Howard Hudson
American Idiot, Tim Deiling
Kinky Boots, Kenneth Posner
Gypsy, Mark Henderson


Best Off-West End Production sponsored by Les Miserables:
Shock Treatment, King’s Head Theatre
Carrie, Southwark Playhouse
You Won’t Succeed on Broadway If You Don’t Have Any Jews, St James’s Theatre
Grand Hotel, Southwark Playhouse
Assassins, The Menier Chocolate Factory


Best Regional Production:
Mack and Mabel, Chichester Festival Theatre and tour
Mary Poppins, tour
Anything Goes, Sheffield Crucible and tour
Hairspray, tour
Henry V, RSC


Best West End Show sponsored by The Wine Treasury:
Les Miserables
Kinky Boots
Miss Saigon