First-ever West End Wilma Awards to take place in November

Wilma Awards logoThe first ever Wilma Awards, in association with Freedom Bar Soho, will take place on Friday afternoon, 7 November at an exclusive invitation-only ceremony, hosted by actor/director Tim McArthur.

Guests will be treated to Afternoon Tea with Wilma (courtesy of while they watch the winners be revealed and listen to some special live performances.

West End Wilma said: “People have been telling me for years that I should do The Wilma Awards, but I wanted to wait until I felt the time was right. If I’m going to do something in life, I’m going to do it properly! And if there’s one thing I know how to do it’s throw a party!”

The award categories are:

Best West End Show

Best Fringe Production

Best Touring Production

Most Underrated West End Show

Best Supporting Cast Member

Best Theatre Blog

Rising Star Award

Most Welcoming Venue

Best Take-over in a Role

Lifetime Achievement in Theatre


West End Wilma prepares for the judging of her first awards which take place on 7 November

West End Wilma and her team of reviewers will shortlist the nominees in each category, based on the past 12 months of theatre. Those shortlisted will then be put to the public vote to decide on the winners.

Public voting will open on 1 October 2014 and will run for two weeks at

Wilma adds: “There are some great theatre awards out there already with the Oliviers, WhatsOnStage and OffWestEnd Awards, but I wanted to bring my own little list of awards to life for some categories that I felt maybe don’t get recognised in other events.’

West End Wilma runs around London interviewing performers, reviewing shows and blogging about theatre. Earlier this year Wilma was voted Ticketmaster’s Theatre Blog of the Year 2014.

Host Tim McArthur is an established actor, director and presenter, having most recently directed and starred in Bathhouse the Musical at Above the Stag Theatre. This autumn, McArthur will be directing a new production of Into the Woods at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre. He also hosts the annual West End Eurovision red carpet event and presents theatre radio shows including The Curtain Up Show.


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