The Wilma Awards | Nominees Announced

 I must admit I am absolutely intrigued by these awards – some fabulous categories and worthy nominees – I cannot wait until Oct 1st to get voting, for me some of my votes will be no-brainers and some……well…..I am going to have to think about.

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The first ever Wilma Awards, in association with Freedom Bar Soho will take place on Friday afternoon, 7th November 2014 at an exclusive invite-only ceremony at Freedom Bar in Soho, hosted by Tim McArthur.

Guests will be treated to Afternoon Tea with Wilma (courtesy of The Full English) while they watch the winners be revealed and listen to some very special live performances!

West End Wilma and her team of reviewers have shortlisted the nominees in each category from their combined opinions on the past 12 months Theatre. It is now up to the public vote to decide on the winners.

And the nominees are….

Best West End Show sponsored by Momentum Artists Talent Agency

  • Miss Saigon
  • Shakespeare In Love
  • Wicked
  • Matilda

Most Underrated West End Show

  • Stephen Ward
  • From Here To Eternity
  • 39 Steps
  • Ladykillers

Best Fringe Production 

  • Urinetown – St James Theatre
  • Fleabag – Soho Theatre
  • The Spring Tide – Old Red Lion Theatre
  • Title of Show – Landor Theatre

Best Touring Production – sponsored by Churchill Theatre Bromley

  • Rocky Horror
  • Cats
  • Cabaret
  • Avenue Q

Best Supporting Cast Member

  • Lizzy Connolly – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • Alexia Khadime – Book of Mormon
  • Peter Polycarpou – The Pajama Game
  • David Huwel Baynes – Alice Through The Looking Glass

Best Take Over In A Role

  • Savannah Stevenson – Wicked
  • Alex Gaumond – Matilda
  • David Hunter – Once
  • Dianne Pilkington – Mamma Mia

Best Theatre Blog – sponsored by IOGIG Online Services

  • Official Theatre
  • West End Frame
  • Pocket Size Blog
  • A Younger Theatre

Rising Star Award – sponsored by Planet Hollywood

  • Cynthia Erivo
  • Laura Pitt-Pulford
  • Nellie McQuinn
  • Jordan Lee Davies

Most Welcoming Venue – sponsored by www.Theatre-Charter.co.uk

  • Above The Stag
  • The Union Theatre
  • The Old Red Lion
  • Park Theatre

Lifetime Achievement In Theatre – sponsored by HotTicketOffers.com

  • Bonnie Langford
  • Imelda Staunton
  • Sheila Hancock
  • Harriet Thorpe

Public voting will open on 1 October 2014 and run for two weeks at westendwilma.com

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West End Wilma

West End Wilma is everyone’s favourite nana in the Theatre world. Running around the West End interviewing stars, reviewing shows and blogging about theatre at www.westendwilma.com. Earlier this year Wilma was voted Ticketmaster’s Theatre Blog of the Year 2014 and has been included in Lastminute.com’s top ten blogs for two years in a row.

 

About Tim McArthur (host)

Tim is an established Actor, Director and Presenter having most recently directed and starred in Bathhouse the Musical at Above the Stag Theatre. This Autumn Tim will be directing a new production of Into the Woods at Ye Olde Rose and Crown and recently directed the UK tour of Four Poofs and a Piano. Tim hosts the annual West End Eurovision red carpet event and presents Theatre radio shows including The Curtain Up Show and Jemm 3. Follow Tim on Twitter

The Wilma Awards | Freedom Bar Soho | 7th Nov 2014

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The first ever Wilma Awards, in association with Freedom Bar Soho will take place on Friday afternoon, 7th November 2014 at an exclusive invite-only ceremony at Freedom Bar in Soho, hosted by Tim McArthur.

Guests will be treated to Afternoon Tea with Wilma (courtesy of The Full English) while they watch the winners be revealed and listen to some very special live performances!
“People have been telling me for years that I should do The Wilma Awards but I wanted to wait until I felt the time was right. If I’m going to do something in life, I’m going to do it properly! And if there’s one thing I know how to do it’s throw a good party!” – West End Wilma

The Awards
• Best West End Show
• Best Fringe Production
• Best Touring Production (sponsored by Churchill Theatre Bromley)
• Most Underrated West End Show
• Best Supporting Cast Member
• Best Theatre Blog (sponsored by IOGIG Online Services)
• Rising Star Award (sponsored by Planet Hollywood)
• Most Welcoming Venue
• Best Take-over in a Role
• Lifetime Achievement in Theatre

West End Wilma and her team of reviewers will shortlist the nominees in each category from their combined opinions on the past 12 months of Theatre. Those shortlisted will then be put to the public vote to decide on the winners.

Public voting will open on 1 October 2014 and run for two weeks at westendwilma.com

”There are some great Theatre Awards out there already with the Oliviers, Whats On Stage and Off West End Awards but I wanted to bring my own little list of awards to life for some categories that I feel maybe don’t get recognised in other awards.” – West End Wilma

About West End Wilma
West End Wilma is everyone’s favourite nana in the Theatre world. Running around the West End interviewing stars, reviewing shows and blogging about theatre at www.westendwilma.com. Earlier this year Wilma was voted Ticketmaster’s Theatre Blog of the Year 2014 and has been included in Lastminute.com‘s top ten blogs for two years in a row.

About Tim McArthur (host)
Tim is an established Actor, Director and Presenter having most recently directed and starred in Bathhouse the Musical at Above the Stag Theatre. This Autumn Tim will be directing a new production of Into the Woods at Ye Olde Rose and Crown and recently directed the UK tour of Four Poofs and a Piano. Tim hosts the annual West End Eurovision red carpet event and presents Theatre radio shows including The Curtain Up Show and Jemm 3. Follow Tim on Twitter @Tim_McArthur

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Sammioneill muses:
As someone who loves a good theatre awards show I was absolutely delighted to hear that West End Wilma is going to host her own this year, called ‘The Wilma Awards’. West End Wilma is one of the most popular theatre blogsites around and it has a mountain of theatre information, reviews, interviews and continues to go from strength to strength.
I love her choice of categories, not as high-brow as other award ceremonies but yet all important, she is still looking for more companies to sponsor the awards so if you can help please get in touch.
On October 1st join me in voting for your favourites 🙂
It promises to be a great afternoon, I hope there will be live tweeting from the event.

The Olivier Awards 2014

Beware a lot of rambling about last night’s awards ceremony coming up. But I guess that is the reason for this blog, to ramble to people who may be interested (or not as the case may be).

2013 was not a big theatre going year for me, too many other things were happening, so I didn’t get to see many of the nominees, and as I have said before I don’t ‘review’, I don’t want to pitch one production with another as everything I see at the theatre is marvellous *wink. However If you saw my tweets last night you would know that I was routing for Merrily We Roll Along as I was seriously wowed by that production when I saw it this time last year. So much so I also went to the Cinema to see it courtesy of Digital Theatre and yes I have downloaded it as well.

For me the Oliviers are all about celebrating productions and bringing the theatre world to the masses. Prepare for rant.

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