The countdown to The Stage Debut Awards is over – the winners have now been announced at a gala event in central London.

The second annual The Stage Debut Awards, featured extraordinary talent covering the length and breadth of British theatre. Performers, directors, writers and designers were nominated across nine categories.

The awards celebrate emerging theatre talent from across the UK, and were presented for a second year at a ceremony in central London on September 23, hosted by The Good Fight star Cush Jumbo.

The Stage’s editor Alistair Smith said: “The Stage is delighted to recognise another great roll call of emerging theatrical talent. The winner of The Joe Allen Best West End Debut Award, Aidan Turner, is already known to many for his work on the BBC’s Poldark, but I have no doubt that our other superb winners will go on to achieve great things in theatre and beyond.”

The Stage Debut Awards 2018 winners in full:

Best director
Katy Rudd for The Almighty Sometimes at the Royal Exchange, Manchester

Best actor in a play
Akshay Sharan for The Reluctant Fundamentalist at the Yard Theatre, London

Best composer or lyricist
Gus Gowland for Pieces of String at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Best actor in a musical – Sponsored by Encore Radio
Louis Gaunt for Oklahoma! at Grange Park Opera, West Horsley

Best actress in a play
Gemma Dobson for Rita, Sue and Bob Too at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Best writer
Andrew Thompson for In Event of Moone Disaster at Theatre503, London

Best designer
Khadija Raza for Hijabi Monologues, Spun and Mixtape, at the Bush Theatre, London, the Arcola Theatre, London and the Royal Exchange, Manchester

Best actress in a musical
Amara Okereke for Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre, London

The Joe Allen Best West End Debut
Aidan Turner for The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Noel Coward Theatre

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