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John McCrea in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Photo: Johan Persson)

John McCrea in Everybody's Talking About Jamie (Photo: Johan Persson)

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie as musical wins at UK Theatre Awards

First Published 13 October 2017, Last Updated 24 April 2020

UK Theatre has announced the winners of the UK Theatre Awards 2017, with Sheffield Theatres’ production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which will open at London’s Apollo Theatre in November, named Best Musical Production.

John McCrea, who plays the eponymous role of Jamie in the new musical, won the award for Best Performance in a Musical. John will reprise his role in the West End transfer.

Jon Bausor received the prize for Best Design for his work on Bristol Old Vic’s musical The Grinning Man, which will also transfer to the West End this December. Meanwhile, Joseph Millson, currently starring in Apologia, won Best Performance in a Play for his portrayal of Willmore in The Rover, and The Who’s Tommy, which had a run at Theatre Royal Stratford East earlier this year, claimed Best Touring Production.

Also honoured at the Awards was arts journalist Lyn Gardner, who collected the Outstanding Contribution To British Theatre Award; Lyn was the first critic to receive the prestigious prize. Playwright David Hare received the Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts from The Shakespeare Guild.

The only awards to honour outstanding achievement in performing, producing and management in theatres throughout the United Kingdom, the UK Theatre Awards were hosted at London’s historic Guildhall today (Sunday 15 October) by Sharon D Clarke.

For a full list of winners, please see below, and for more information please visit the UK Theatre website.



The Renee Stepham Award For Best Presentation Of Touring Theatre
Nuffield Southampton Theatres for the world premiere touring musical production of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox

Best Show for Children and Young People
The Snow Queen, New Vic Theatre

Best Director
Gemma Bodinetz, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse new repertory season

Best Touring Production
The Who’s Tommy, New Wolsey Theatre and Ramps on the Moon

Best Supporting Performance
Sharon Duncan-Brewster, A Streetcar Named Desire, Royal Exchange Theatre

Best Performance in a Play
Joseph Millson, The Rover, Royal Shakespeare Company

Best New Play
Narvik by Lizzie Nunnery

Theatre Employee Of The Year
Jane Claire, English Touring Theatre and Liz Leck, Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust

Clothworkers’ Theatre Award
Derby Theatre

Best Design
Jon Bausor, The Grinning Man, Bristol Old Vic

Achievement in Dance
Scottish Ballet for the European premiere of Crystal Pite’s striking one-act ballet Emergence

Promotion of Diversity
New Wolsey Theatre and Ramps on the Moon for their groundbreaking work in the inclusion and integration of deaf and disabled individuals

Achievement in Opera
Scottish Opera, Pelléas And Mélisande

Gielgud Award
David Hare

Best Performance in a Musical
John McCrea, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Sheffield Theatres

Best Musical Production
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Sheffield Theatres

UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre 2017 with Smooth Radio
The Mill at Sonning

Achievement in Marketing/Audience Development
Scottish Ballet for its Digital Season in April 2017

Outstanding Contribution To British Theatre 2017
Lyn Gardner


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