2017 winners’ remarks

Your winners for the 2017 Also Recognised Awards would like to say thank you. The ethos of these awards is to recognise talent for the sake of it, rather than splashing out on expensive trophies or ceremonies – which is another way of saying we have no sponsors, no money and no armies of volunteers! But, while low-key, that doesn’t mean we don’t want to make a high-profile online fuss.

We asked your winners to send us “certificate selfies” or videos of themselves and have collected those received to date to date below – PLUS a rather special, mischievous video. Please share each and every one of them to your heart’s content. And, if anyone else connected with any of this year’s winning shows wants to contribute a certificate selfie, please do email us. We’d love to add you to the gallery of game Also Recognised winners below.

For more on this year’s awards, see also the full voting results and news release. And click here for a history of the awards.

Please share the results and help us spread the word about these winners and nominees by sharing the results on Facebook, Twitter and wherever else you can! On Twitter, be sure to mention @MyTheatreMates and the #AlsoRecognised Awards so we can see and retweet you.

Best Musical Cabaret

Okay, we admit it: if there was an award for best acceptance video, we’d give it to these guys. West End musical favourites Jon Robyns, Simon Lipkin and Giles Terera – all on our sister site StageFaves.com by the way, where you can get all social media for them and their various musical credits – first worked together in 2006 on the West End premiere of Avenue Q. Last year, they reunited in a cabaret concert at the Orange Tree Theatre, which has netted the Also Recognised Award for Best Musical Cabaret. We get them in highly amusing triplicate for their acceptance video – do these guys like each other or not?!

Best Shakespearean Production

Emma Rice’s Dream is #AlsoRecognised

In the same week that outgoing artistic director Emma Rice won an inaugural Tonic Award, celebrating the work of women in theatre, her 2016 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream scoops the Also Recognised prize for Best Shakespearean Production.

“I am thrilled, touched and extremely proud to receive this award. A Midsummer Night’s Dream was a highlight of my professional life; I will never forget the sheer heady excitement of those first performances as we all realised the power of the play, as it met the immediacy of the production, as it met the humanity of the audience -and all of this at a time of such extraordinary and troubling political change. The whole team was exceptional in their generosity, fearlessness and dedication, and I am delighted that this award recognises all of the fierce creative spirits, onstage, backstage and offstage who made this production so unique. Personally, after some pretty tough months, this is bloody marvellous! Thank you, thank you. This means more than you can imagine.” – Emma Rice

London Newcomer of the Year

Charlie Stemp, who next week competes for Best Actor in a Musical at the Olivier Awards, is named London Newcomer of the Year for his all-singing, all-dancing lead performance as Arthur Kipps in Half a Sixpence. The show was Also Recognised for Best Show Trailer which features Charlie (and the rest of the cast) singing and dancing!

Best Solo Performance

Sophie Melville has been Also Recognised for Best Solo Performance for her raw delivery of Gary Owen’s Iphigenia in Splott for Sherman Cymru, which transferred last year the National Theatre after extensive touring.

Best Ensemble Performance

Danielle Tarento accepts #AlsoRecognised Award for Titanic

Director Thom Southerland’s revival of Titanic, produced by his long-time collaborator Danielle Tarento, kicked off the pair’s season of musicals at Charing Cross Theatre. It was wildly acclaimed and its cast of passengers and crew members who went down with the ship created an ensemble dream. Tarento accepted the award on their behalf.

“On behalf of the entire Titanic company I would like to thank My Theatre Mates for this wonderful award. The cast were sensational, each and every one of them, and worked as a true ensemble with commitment, passion and joy, so this award means such a lot to all of us. – Danielle Tarento, producer

Best Musical Direction

My Theatre Mates is proud to have launched the UK’s first award for Best Musical Direction, in collaboration with director Andrew Keates and musical director Mike Dixon, who have long lobbied for creative team parity in awards. This year we continue that recognition and Nick Finlow wins the award for his work in Dreamgirls at the West End’s Savoy Theatre.

Best Show Poster

Sheffield Crucible’s vibrant artwork for last year’s musical premiere Flowers for Mrs Harris caught the eye of the voters to win Best Show Poster. Claire Murray, communications and fundraising director at the Crucible, accepted the prize on behalf of her team, and gives some insight into the work and creativity that went into the design. Here’s a little reminder of their award-winning work too.