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Les Mis star among Stage Debut winners

Posted by Theo Bosanquet on 24 Sep, 2018

Amara Okereke and Aidan Turner were among the winners of the second Stage Debut Awards, which were announced last night

Amara Okereke-1

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.

Aidan Turner © Johan Persson

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.


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

Best Director 
Katy Rudd for The Almighty Sometimes at the Royal Exchange, Manchester

Best Designer 
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

Best Writer 
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

See also:

Podcast: How did you make your stage debut?

Lisa Spirling: 'It's a battle to get in the room'

10 reasons we love working in theatre

6 tips for new drama school students

Why theatre is the most collaborative artform

Blog: Open Door scheme is step in the right direction

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