Nicole Kidman Named Best Actress at WhatsOnStage Awards
Kidman was seen beaming and kissing her prize for drama Photograph 51, which also took home best new play. The gong marks Kidman’s first from the WhatsOnStage Awards and her pride in the win was clear to see. Sherlock star Cumberbatch could not attend the ceremony due to filming commitments, but accepted his prize for best actor for his role in Hamlet with a video message in which he thanked his friends and family for their support, as well as those who took the time to vote for him. Hamlet, the sold-out production at the Barbican theater also won best play revival, best set design, and best lighting design. Imelda Staunton’s acclaimed turn in Gypsy won her best actress in a musical, while other prizes for the show went to Laura Pulver (best supporting actress in a musical), as well as best musical revival and best direction. Other notable winners included Judi Dench, who was named best supporting actress in a play for her role in Kenneth Branagh’s production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, and Branagh himself, who was this year’s recipient of the Equity award for services to theater. The U.K. version of Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots also picked up three awards for best new musical, best choreography, and best actor in a musical for its star, Matt Henry. The WhatsOnStage award winners are decided by the votes of theatergoers.