Gypsy comes out top at the UK Theatre Awards 2015

Roy Tan

Both actress Imelda Staunton and the Chichester production of Gypsy in which she stars are winners at the UK Theatre Awards. Picture: Roy Tan

The acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre revival of the classic Gypsy has claimed the top musical theatre awards in this year’s UK Theatre Awards.

The production has been named Best Musical Production while its star Imelda Staunton takes home the award for Best Performance in a Musical for her showstopping portrayal of Momma Rose. The show is currently playing to packed houses at London’s Savoy Theatre.

Matthew Bourne was also among the winners at this year’s awards, the innovative choreographer picked up The Stage Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre.

The event at London’s Guildhall was compered by musical theatre star Michael Xavier. Highlights included a performance from the cast of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ and guest presenters included Patrick Stewart, Barbara Windsor, Richard Wilson, Anne Reid and Lee Mead.

The full list of UK Theatre Awards 2015 is:

Best Musical Production

Gypsy directed by Jonathan Kent, a Chichester Festival Theatre production.

Best Performance in a Musical

Imelda Staunton for Gypsy, a Chichester Festival Theatre production.

Best New Play

Iphigenia In Splott by Gary Owen, a Sherman Cymru production.

Best Performance in a Play

Joel MacCormack for Each His Own Wilderness, an Orange Tree Theatre production.

Polly Lister for Abigail’s Party, a Theatre By the Lake production.

Best Supporting Performance

Justine Mitchell for For Services Rendered, a Chichester Festival Theatre production.

Best Show for Children and Young People

Running Wild, a Chichester Festival Youth Theatre production.


Acknowledged for his contribution to British theatre, Matthew Bourne. Picture: Roy Tan

Best Director

Ned Bennett for Pomona, an Orange Tree Theatre production and for Yen a Royal Exchange Theatre production.

Best Design

Dick Bird, Timothy Bird and Paul Keogan for The Hudsucker Proxy, a Nuffield Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse in association with Complicite production.

Best Touring Production

Twelfth Night, an English Touring Theatre and Sheffield Theatres production.

Achievement in Dance

Candoco Dance Company for its revival of Jérôme Bel’s The Show Must Go On.

Achievement in Opera


The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre

Royal & Derngate for their tours of six productions Made in Northampton.

Achievement in Marketing

Rambert for its work in attracting new audiences to contemporary dance, which has led to record breaking attendances in 2014/15.

UK Theatre Insurance Award for Theatre Employee or Manager of the Year

Gaby Paradis, West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Dorothy Wilson, mac Birmingham.

Promotion of Diversity

Curve Theatre for its diversity action plan and strategy targeted at the age-profile and multiculturalism of the city.

Watford Palace Theatre for its initiatives to ensure it offers and develops services for the widest range of the population.

My Theatre Matters! UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre in association with Smooth Radio

Newcastle Theatre Royal.

The Stage Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre

Matthew Bourne OBE.

Clothworkers’ Theatre Award

York Theatre Royal

The Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts

Dame Eileen Atkins

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