|Miss Saigon cast members|
The West End revival of Miss Saigon was the evening's biggest success story, winning 9 awards, from its 12 nominations.
The show won in all but one category it was nominated for: Eva Noblezada for Best Actress in a Musical, Rachelle Ann Go for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, Jon Jon Briones for Best Actor in a Musical, Kwang-Ho Hong for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, Laurence Connor for Best Direction, Bob Avian & Geoffrey Garratt for Best Choreography, Totie Driver & Matt Kinley for Best Set Design, Best Musical Revival and Best West End Show.
Cameron Mackintosh said, "I've always known that the public knows best so I am delighted that the new Miss Saigon has swept the board with a record breaking nine awards including Best Musical Revival and Best West End Show and I'm thrilled for all our other winners as well, especially the extraordinary achievement of our four leading Asian performers winning the top acting awards. The original production in 1989 bizarrely lost the Olivier Award for Best Musical to a rock and roll compilation show Return To The Forbidden Planet - so it’s nice to see the public having the last word."
The Best Actor and Actress reunite Doctor Who's David Tennant and Billie Piper who win for their roles in the RSC’s Richard II and the National Theatre’s Great Britain respectively. Piper said: “I’m beyond delighted to receive this award. Thanks so, so much to all who voted, you are generous and kind too. And a big thank you to WhatsOnStage.”
Leading the play categories is the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus, with wins for Mark Gatiss for Best Supporting Actor, Best Lighting Design for Mark Henderson and Best Play Revival.
|Tom Hiddleston & David Tennant|
Continuing the success of film to stage adaptations, Lee Hall wins Best New Play for Shakespeare in Love, currently running at the Noël Coward Theatre; and Memphis the Musical triumphs in the Best New Musical category. West End Frame favourite Kerry Ellis won Best Takeover in a Role for her portrayal of Elphaba in Wicked.
Several West End stars took to the stage to perform, including Beverley Knight (Memphis), Sophie-Louise Dann (Made in Dagenham); Miss Saigon's Eva Noblezada and Rachelle Ann Go; Michael Watson (Jersey Boys), Lauren Samuels (Bend it Like Beckham), Laura Tebbutt (Forbidden Broadway) and Sophia Ragavelas (Cats) performed a medley of Rodgers and Hammerstein hits; performances from three nominees for Best Off-West End production - Dogfight, In the Heights and Sweeney Todd - as well as a specially commissioned number which marked the 15th anniversary of the awards.
Photo Credit: Dan Wooller