The Stage Debut Awards 2017 - full list of winners
The winners of the inaugural The Stage Debut Awards, which celebrate breakthrough successes in theatre, were announced last night at a ceremony in London.
Hosted by actor Ben Forster, the awards were handed out to actors and creatives breaking into the theatre world.
Andrew Polec, who played Strat in the West End production of Bat Out Of Hell, won the public-voted Best West End Debut award, beating the likes of Amber Riley (Dreamgirls), John Boyega (Woyzeck), Audra McDonald (Lady Day…) and Charlie Stemp (Half A Sixpence).
Other winners of note included Dan Gillespie Sells, songwriter for The Feeling who penned the musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, set to transfer to the Apollo Theatre in November, Samuel Thomas, who won the Best Actor in a Musical award for his role in Allegro at Southwark Playhouse, and Miriam-Teak Lee, who won the Samuel Thomas for On The Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
Full list of winners
Best Actor in a Play
Abraham Popoola for Othello at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol
Best Actress in a Play
Grace Molony for The Country Girls at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester
Best Actor in a Musical
Samuel Thomas for Allegro at Southwark Playhouse, London
Best Actress in a Musical
Miriam-Teak Lee for On the Town at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London
Lekan Lawal for Betrayal at Derby Theatre, Derby
Rosie Elnile for The Convert at the Gate Theatre, London
Dan Gillespie Sells for Everybody's Talking About Jamie at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
Katherine Soper for Wish List at the Royal Exchange, Manchester
The Joe Allen Best West End Debut
Andrew Polec for Bat Out of Hell at the London Coliseum