Friday, 12 August 2016

VOTE: Understudy of the Year 2016

Voting is open for West End Frame's Understudy of the Year 2016! Voting opened at 1pm on Friday 12th August and closes at 3pm on Monday 29th August 2016. Understudy of the Year is a celebration of standbys, alternates and understudies, without whom the West End wouldn’t be able to function.


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Last year's Understudy of the Year Award was won by Jacqueline Hughes for standing by as Elphaba in Wicked. Zoë Birkett (alternate Rachel/The Bodyguard) finished second whilst Ryan O'Donnell (understudy Ray Davies/Sunny Afternoon) finished third. All three have since gone on to play their respective roles full-time. 

Previous winners also include Carolyn Maitland (understudy Ellen/Miss Saigon), Ashley Day (understudy Elder Price/The Book of Mormon) and Katy Treharne (alternate Christine/The Phantom of the Opera).

Understudy of the Year runs as part of the 2016 West End Frame Awards. Unlike other theatre awards, West End Frame only opens voting for one category at a time and combines male and female actors from new and long-running productions into the same categories (where applicable). The 2016 West End Frame Awards began in June with Rachelle Ann Go winning Best Performance of a Song for her rendition of 'I Dreamed A Dream' in Les Miserables. 

Vote below! Please note our system only allows one vote per IP address. Multiple votes from the same IP address will not be counted. 

We would like to stress that, as thousands of votes are cast during the voting period, even nominees with lower percentages will have received hundreds of votes. Understudy of the Year is about celebrating all understudies/alternates/standbys in the industry and evoking discussion and recognition for all understudies/alternates/standbys. Thank you for your support!!

Voting is now closed. 
The result will be announced Wednesday 31st August 2016.

Please email any questions about this award to contact@westendframe.com. Voting must close at 3pm on Monday 29th August 2016. Please note our system only allows one vote per IP address. Multiple votes from the same IP address will not be counted.

56 comments:

  1. Simply the Best understudy. End of!

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  2. I vote for the super versatile Robbie White!

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  3. Vote for Thomas Dennis at only 20 the most amazing Christopher Boone in Curious Incident - his performance has to be seen to be believed!

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  4. Kane Parry. Very lucky to have watched your development. Broadway next

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  5. Carole Stennett knock em out!

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  6. Vote for Tanya Edwards such incredible talent x

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  7. Voted for Tom Dennis a Great Little up and Coming Actor

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  8. Voted for Kane Oliver Parry...Have watched him perform on several occasions, and he just gets better and better!

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  9. Voted for Thomas Dennis, a very talented young actor. Wishing him every success in his future. -
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  10. Voting for oliver ormson. Very talented actor.

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  11. My vote for carina Gillespie xx amazing outstanding fabulous so talented inspirational beautiful carina xx

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  12. Voted for Thomas Dennis. Amazing young superstar in the making.

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  13. My vote for carina Gillespie xx amazing outstanding fabulous so talented inspirational beautiful carina xx

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  14. Oliver Ormson is fantastic

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  15. Voted for Kane Oliver Parry! He is fabulous in Wicked. Very talented!

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  16. Voted for the incredibly talented Oliver Brooks as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda. He is just amazing!

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  17. This Beautiful Lady rocked Glinda and also played the best Nessa i have ever seen. I've Seen Wicked 10 times and love this Musical. Carina Gillespie is exceptional in this role xx

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  18. Where is the understudy for funny girl she was incredible

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  19. I just love Lauren Ingram as Janet in Rocky Horror..amazing performance every time

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  20. Vote for Thomas Dennis Alternate Christopher Boone his energy and feeling on stage was just sublime showing Autistic people can achieve great things against all odds!

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  21. vote for Carina Gillespie

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  22. Lauren Ingram is a great Janet. Even better Columbia. So versatile and so talented!

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  23. voted for Adam Boakes.......he is a brilliant actor, have seen him in a few productions.

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  24. Robbie White all the way! This guy coveres all 4 of the kinks... All 4 leads - electric and acoustic guitar, bass & drums. Also, covered 5 parts in Once the musical - mandolin, piano, banjo, mandolin, cello .... I mean.... To be fair, he requires a whole new award for being and absolute ninja.

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    1. Totally agree, he is amazing..

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  25. vote for " Tom Hanson – Understudy Romeo – Romeo and Juliet"

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  26. WOO HOO Come on Thomas, so deserves this :)

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  27. Thomas Dennis gets my vote, he's just the best young actor I've seen

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  28. all 4of the kinks with the almost professionalism along with excellent playing of guitars both electric and acoustic bass and drums....a legend in the making.....

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  29. Natasha Barnes – Alternate Fanny Brice – Funny Girl

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  30. Vote for Natasha Barnes – Alternate Fanny Brice – Funny Girl

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  31. vote for Natasha Barber -Alternate Fanny Brice - Funny Girl

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  32. Vote for Natasha Barnes

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  33. Vote for Oliver Lidert!

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  34. Vote Billy Cullum. Understudy Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. Outstanding performance in truly amazing production.

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  35. Voted for Thomas Dennis, brilliant young actor!

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  36. Should have in list & the winner Freddie Fox was simply stunning (forget the 48 hours notice) as Romeo @ Garrick theatre. I didn't see Tim Hansin but all the sm reviews I saw said Freddie was way better!

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  37. I don't think that it's really fair that one person here has paid for over 170 vote, only 20 so far.

    Won't say who but their name is appearing a lot in the comments.

    I have proof

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