A week before the Olivier Awards 2017, 11 awards were given to the best of the year’s theatre and musicals in the third Also Recognised Awards.
Several shows in the running for this year’s Olivier Awards, announced next Sunday 9 April, are also recognised this week in the third-annual Also Recognised Awards – in some notably different categories. The audience-voted, industry accolade was set up by theatre commentators Mark Shenton and Terri Paddock to celebrate lesser-known but equally worthy talent in fields overlooked by other awards bodies.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Half A Sixpence topped the boards by taking home two awards each, with Groundhog Day, Iphigenia In Splott, Titanic, Dreamgirls and Flowers For Mrs Harris.
Categories for these awards give recognition to otherwise uncelebrated areas of theatre, including Best Twitter Engagement, Best Show Poster and Best show Trailer. Voters can view the full voting results and the winners’s videos and remarks on the My Theatre Mates website, including a hilarious acceptance speech for Best Musical Cabaret by winners Simon Lipkin, Jon Robyns & Giles Terera.