Nominations announced for the 2017 West End Wilma Awards

Theatre Blogger West End Wilma has announced that the fourth annual West End Wilma Awards (this year in association with Free@Last TV Ltd) will take place on Friday 3 November, 2pm at London’s Delfont Room (Prince of Wales Theatre).

The ceremony will once again be hosted by Tim McArthur and will feature musical performances (to be announced). is the mother/son blogging venture that has been taking over London’s theatre scene for the last five years, interviewing stars of the stage and reviewing all the latest productions. The 2016 awards was a star-studded event, with guests including Sam Bailey, Lesley Joseph, Kerry Ellis, Rachel Tucker, Mazz Murray, Martina Cole, Cassidy Jansen and Tracie Bennett. For all the winners of the 2016 awards and photos from the event check out

Today, the shortlisted nominees have been announced, live on West End Wilma’s YouTube Channel


2017 West End Wilma Award Nominees

Best Touring Production

Billy Elliot
The Addams Family

Best Cabaret/Solo Show (Sponsored by Royal Vauxhall Tavern)

Rachel Tucker (Live At Zedel)
Christine Bianco (O Come All Ye Diva’s)
Audra McDonald (Leicester Square Theatre)

Rising Star (Sponsored by R&H Theatricals Europe)

Andrew Polec (Bat Out Of Hell)
Charlie Stemp (Half A Sixpence)
Abigail Carter Simpson (Newsrevue/Charming Dick)

Best Comedy (Sponsored by JHI Marketing)

Roller Diner (Soho Theatre)
Margaret Thatcher Queen Of Game Shows (Underbelly Festival)
Tina Turner Tea Lady (Gary’s Warehouse – The Bottle Shop)

Best Understudy

Jenny Gayner (The Girls)
Joel Montague (School of Rock)
Alice Fearn (Wicked)

Best Performer In An Off-West End Show

Zoe Doano (Death Takes A Holiday, Charing Cross Theatre)
Chris Jenkins (Tick Tick Boom, Park Theatre)
Jodie Jacobs (Lizzie, Greenwich Theatre)

Best Performer In A West End Show (Sponsored by Encore Radio)

Victoria Hamilton Barritt (Murder Ballad, Arts Theatre)
Fisayo Akinade (Saint Joan, Donmar Warehouse)
Emma Williams (Half A Sixpence, Noel Coward Theatre)

Best Off-West End Show (Sponsored by The Charing Cross Theatre)

Lizzie (Greenwich Theatre)
Sideshow (Southwark Playhouse)
Working (Southwark Playhouse)

Best West End Show (Sponsored by TodayTix)

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child (Palace Theatre)
School Of Rock (New London Theatre)
Half A Sixpence (Noel Coward Theatre)

Public voting opens at on 1 September 2017.

Also this year sees the introduction of the Achievement In Creating Accessible Theatre Award, recognising venues who not only ensure they are fully wheelchair accessible but also provide a good programme of adapted performances for those with disabilities that may mean they are unable to attend regular performances.

The shortlisted nominees are decided by West End Wilma and reviewing team of over forty people who have reviewed more than 500 theatre productions over the past twelve months (and seen many more for their own pleasure).

Tickets on sale

A limited number of tickets are on sale to the public (£20 each) for those who would like to mingle with the nominees and see the winners announced live at this super stagey event. Tickets on sale now

The 2017 West End Wilma Awards takes place on Friday 3 November 2017, 2pm at The Delfont Room, Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street, London, W1D 6AS.


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