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Sparkles, Sequins & Stagies – The Inaugural Wilma Awards

on November 8, 2014

What happens when a bunch of actors get together for an afternoon of general merriment and of course some super shiny awards?

Well, it’s a fabulous occasion of course!

The first Wilma Awards took place on 7th November in Freedom Bar, Soho (where else?) and welcomed a host of stars, including Bonnie Langford, Gina Beck, Stephen Ashfield, Harriet Thorpe, Kate Monster, Lizzy Connolly and Hugh Maynard, representing the best of the West End.

West End Wilma and her team had been planning the awards for months – don’t we all look amazing?

The Wilma Awards

Those shortlisted were all desperate to get their hands on one of these oh-so-shiny awards:

The Wilma Awards

And the lady herself wasn’t breathing a word, but boy was she excited and, may I add, looking very glamorous!

West End Wilma

We were all on the edge of our seats as we waited for our delightful host Tim McArthur to announce the awards, helped by some special guests and his glamorous assistant Michaela – oh wait, that’s me!

Glamorous Assistant & West End Wilma

More than 2,000 people had voted for the winners and although there were some obvious results (Did anyone think Urinetown wouldn’t win Best Fringe Production?), I was secretly pleased that Wicked didn’t win Best West End Show!

*Drum roll*

And the winners are:

Best West End Show – sponsored by Momentum Artists Talent Agency

Miss Saigon

Most Underrated West End Show

The 39 Steps

Best Fringe Production 

Urinetown – St James Theatre

Best Touring Production – sponsored by Churchill Theatre Bromley

Avenue Q

Best Supporting Cast Member

Alexia Khadime – Book of Mormon

Best Take Over In A Role

David Hunter – Once

Best Theatre Blog sponsored by eStage

West End Frame

Rising Star Award – sponsored by Planet Hollywood

Cynthia Erivo

Most Welcoming Venue – sponsored by

The Union Theatre

Lifetime Achievement In Theatre – sponsored by

Imelda Staunton

Once the awards had all been handed out, the charismatic Kieran Brown ended the evening with a rousing version of Diva’s Lament and we all drank lots of gin (hurrah).

It was a truly fabulous event and couldn’t have been more stagey if it had tried!

Plus I met the wonderful Bonnie Langford and the hilarious Kate Monster which was pretty exciting!

Kate Monster, Avenue Q Bonnie Langford

Thanks to Ollie Boito for the super photographs!

See the full shortlist for the Wilma Awards.

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