2016 Wilma Awards Winners

Today, Friday 4th November 2016, the Wilma Awards took place at the Hippodrome Casino celebrating the best theatre from the past twelve months.

Check out photos from the event


And the winners are:

Best West End Musical

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Guys and Dolls (Phoenix Theatre)
Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre)
Funny Girl (Savoy Theatre)

Best West End Play

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  People, Places and Things (Wyndham’s Theatre)
Nell Gwynn (Apollo Theatre)
Bad Jews (Theatre Royal Haymarket)

Best Comedy

Four Femmes On The Thames
Nina Conti
Jest End

Most Underrated West End Show

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Beyond The Fence (Arts Theatre)
McQueen (St James Theatre/Theatre Royal Haymarket)
Mrs Henderson Presents (Noel Coward)

Best Off-West End Production

The Buskers Opera (Park Theatre)
Grey Gardens (Southwark Playhouse)
Titanic (Charing Cross Theatre)

Best Touring Production

Rocky Horror Show

Rising Star Award

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CJ Johnson 
Although CJ is already an established theatre performer, Beyond The Fence was the first time I had heard her name or seen her perform. Therefore, I feel that she deserves to be a more regular feature on the West End scene and there a Rising Star.

Victoria Serra
Victoria has been going from strength to strength, appearing in the International Tour of Mamma Mia! plus Grand Hotel (Southwark Playhouse), Spring Awakening (UK Tour), Parade (Southwark Playhouse), Love Story (Union Theatre) and most recently Titanic (Southwark Playhouse/Toronto/Charing Cross Theatre). She is going from strength to strength and a true rising star.

Sam Wearing
Sam is soon to start his Scholarship to Laine Theatre Arts which Betty Laine personally gave to him because of his relentless passion and desire to live out his dreams regardless of the barriers he has faced. Sam already has a fan based on YouTube and has well over half a million views of his musical theatre cover songs.

Best Cabaret/Solo Performance

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Bonnie Langford (Hippodrome Casino)
Katie Brennan (St James Theatre)
Kerry Ellis (Hippodrome Casino)

Best Actor In A West End Show

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Michael Xavier (Sunset Boulevard)
Matt Henry (Kinky Boots)
Jason Pennycooke (Guys and Dolls)

Best Actress In A West End Show

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Mazz Murray (Mamma Mia)
Denise Gough (People, Places and Things)
Jenna Russell  (Doctor Faustus)

Best Actor/Actress In An Off-West End Show

George Rae (Grand Hotel)
Claire Machin (Titanic)
Lauren Samuels (The Buskers Opera)

Best Understudy

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Kieran Brown (The Phantom of the Opera)
Natasha J Barnes (Funny Girl)
Ria Jones (Sunset Boulevard)