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Also Recognised Awards – MyTheatreMates.com

Theatre Mates duo Terri Paddock and Mark Shenton, are already having a roaring success with newly founded MyTheatreMates.com. They have created a digital hub to collate all of the best content from individual websites as well as social channels on all things theatre.

Theatre buffs in their own right- Terri co-founded WhatsOnStage.com and Mark was their chief critic but now writes for The Stage – they are championing the new ‘Also Recognised Awards‘ which celebrates categories that have perhaps been dropped by other awards ceremonies or allows talent to shine in areas that might have been overlooked.

So over the course of a month from March to April, all theatre lovers (including myself) were voting away for who they wanted to see win these inaugural awards. An astonishing 15,000 people took part and so here are your winners-

Theatre Event of the Year
Nimax Theatres
for reopening of the Apollo Theatre just three months after its partial ceiling collapse

Best Original Music
Joe DiPietro and David Bryan
for their original score and lyrics on Memphis The Musical at the West End’s Shaftesbury Theatre

Best Solo Performance
Juliet Stevenson
for her performance as Winnie in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at the Young Vic

Best Ensemble Performance
Forbidden Broadway
at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Vaudeville Theatre

London Newcomer of the Year
Damian Buhagiar
who made his debut in the London premiere of Lin Manuel-Miranda musical In the Heights at Southwark Playhouse

Best Musical Direction
Alan Williams
for his work on Jamie Lloyd’s revival of Sondheim’s Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Best Shakespearean Production
Richard III
at Trafalgar Studios

Best Show Poster
Urinetown
at the St James and Apollo Theatres

Best Show Trailer
Miss Saigon
at the Prince Edward Theatre

Best Twitter Engagement
Les Miserables
at the Queen’s Theatre

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