The first ever Wilma Awards, in association with Freedom Bar Soho, took place at an exclusive invitation-only ceremony, hosted by actor/director Tim McArthur.
Guests were treated to Afternoon Tea with Wilma (courtesy of www.thefullenglishfoodcompany.ltd.uk) while they watched the winners be revealed and listened to a special live performance of an original song from actor, singer and current Phantom of the Opera understudy Kieran Brown.
Guest presenters included West End performers Gina Beck, Bonnie Langford, Kim Ismay and Olivier Award-winner Stephen Ashfield. Once actor David Hunter and Union Theatre artistic director Sasha Regan were among the winners who attended the ceremony.
The award winners were:
Best West End Show – Miss Saigon
Best Fringe Production – Urinetown
Best Touring Production – Avenue Q
Most Underrated West End Show – 39 Steps
Best Supporting Cast Member – Alexia Khadime (The Book of Mormon)
Best Theatre Blog – West End Frame
Rising Star Award – Cynthia Erivo
Most Welcoming Venue – Union Theatre
Best Take-over in a Role – David Hunter (Once)
Lifetime Achievement in Theatre – Imelda Staunton
West End Wilma and her team of reviewers shortlisted the nominees in each category, based on the past 12 months of theatre. Those shortlisted were then put to the public vote.
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. This autumn, McArthur directed 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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