Les Mis star among Stage Debut winners
Amara Okereke and Aidan Turner were among the winners of the second Stage Debut Awards, which were announced last night
The winners have been announced of The Stage Debut Awards, established by The Stage newspaper last year to recognise emerging talent.
Performers taking home awards included Amara Okereke (pictured), who made history as the first actress of colour to play the role of Cosette in Les Miserables.
Akshay Sharan picked up Best Actor in a Play for The Reluctant Fundamentalist and The Yard, while Best Actress in a play went to Gemma Dobson for Rita, Sue and Bob Too, which started at the Bolton Octagon.
Poldark actor Aidan Turner (pictured below) won the Joe Allen Best West End Debut Award for his performance in The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Noël Coward Theatre, topping a shortlist that included Tina star Adrienne Warren and Network’s Bryan Cranston.
Best Writer went to Andrew Thompson for In Event of Moone Disaster at Theatre 503; and Khadija Raza won Best Designer for, among other work, Hijabi Monologues at the Bush Theatre.
FULL WINNERS LIST
Best Actress In A Play
Gemma Dobson for Rita, Sue and Bob Too at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton
Best Actor In A Play
Akshay Sharan for The Reluctant Fundamentalist at Yard Theatre, London
Best Actor In A Musical
Louis Gaunt for Oklahoma! at Grange Park Opera, West Horsley
Best Actress In A Musical
Amara Okereke for Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, London
Katy Rudd for The Almighty Sometimes at the Royal Exchange, Manchester
Khadija Raza for Hijabi Monologues, Spun, and Mixtape, at the Bush Theatre, London, the Arcola Theatre, London and the Royal Exchange, Manchester
Best Composer or Lyricist
Gus Gowland for Pieces of String at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Andrew Thompson for In Event of Moone Disaster at Theatre503, London
The Joe Allen Best West End Debut
Aidan Turner for The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Noël Coward Theatre