At a star-studded ceremony on 19 January 2015, the winners of the 2014 Sydney Theatre Awards were announced, with a record 33 Awards presented. Over 340 members of the Sydney theatre community packed the auditorium at Paddington RSL to celebrate the best of Sydney theatre throughout the past calendar year. See all winners and nominations here, as well as photos.

Best Mainstage Production was awarded to Bell Shakespeare’s Henry V, which also won Mainstage awards for Best Director (Damien Ryan), Best Stage Design (Anna Gardiner), and Best Score or Sound Design (Steve Francis and Drew Livingston). Best Independent Production went to Sport for Jove’s All’s Well That Ends Well, which also took Independent gongs for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (George Banders), Best Lighting Design (Toby Knyvett) and Best Sound (David Stalley).

Best Actor and Actress in a Leading Role in a Mainstage Production went to Richard Roxburgh (Cyrano de Bergerac) and Sarah Peirse (Switzerland). Best Actor in a Leading Role in an Independent Production was shared by Sean Hawkins and Andrew Henry (Howie the Rookie), while Matilda Ridgway was named Best Actress in a Leading Role in an Independent Production (A Doll’s House). This is the first time in the history of the Sydney Theatre Awards that an award has been shared. In a highly unusual move, two performers were also named joint winners of Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical.

In the Musical categories, it was the Independent sector that triumphed with awards divided between Sweet Charity (Best Musical, Best Actress in a Leading Role for Verity Hunt-Ballard, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Debora Krizak), Miracle City (Best Actress in a Leading Role for Blazey Best, Best Musical Direction for Max Lambert) and The Drowsy Chaperone (Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical and Best Direction of an Independent Production for Jay James-Moody, Best Stage Design for Lauren Peters and Best Costume Design of an Independent Production for Elizabeth Franklin).

The Sydney Theatre Award for Lifetime Achievement was presented to one of Australia’s greatest stage legends, Reg Livermore, whose professional career has spanned 57 years from early roles at the Ensemble, Independent and Tivoli, through musicals including Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Rocky Horror Show and his acclaimed, risqué one-man shows, to his success in recent blockbuster musicals like The Producers and Wicked.

Presenters at the Awards ceremony were David Berthold, Justine Clarke, Lucy Durack, Jane Harders, Christopher Horsey, John Paramor, Craig McLachlan, Suzie Miller, Shannon Murphy, Marshall Napier, Susie Porter, Vanessa Scammell, Terry Serio and Dan Wyllie; and there were performances from Wicked’s Jemma Rix, Edward Grey and Emily Cascarino, and the cast of Dirty Dancing.

The Sydney Theatre Awards are run by a group of leading theatre critics to celebrate the strength, quality and diversity of theatre in Sydney. The Sydney Theatre Reviewers are Elissa Blake (Sun Herald), Jason Blake (Sydney Morning Herald), Deborah Jones (The Australian), Jo Litson (Sunday Telegraph), John McCallum (The Australian), Ben Neutze (Crikey/Daily Review), John Shand (Sydney Morning Herald), Diana Simmonds (stagenoise.com), Polly Simons (Daily Telegraph) and Cassie Tongue (AussieTheatre).

The Sydney Theatre Awards gratefully thanks our sponsors: The Seaborn, Broughton and Walford Foundation, Industrie, Showcast, Currency Press, William Fletcher Foundation, Ticketmaster, Bellbird Cottages, stagenoise.com, Hayes Theatre Co, ACMN and Blueprint Studios.


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