2012 SYDNEY THEATRE AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
January 14, 2012
At a star-studded ceremony on January 14, 2103, the winners of the 2012 Sydney Theatre Awards were announced. Over 300 members of the Sydney theatre community packed the auditorium at Paddington RSL to celebrate the best of Sydney theatre throughout 2012. View the full list of winners
Best Mainstage Production was awarded to Belvoir’s production of Medea, which also won Best Direction of a Mainstage Production (Anne-Louise Sarks), Best Actress in a Leading Role of a Mainstage Production (Blazey Best), Best New Australian Work (Kate Mulvany and Anne-Louise Sarks), and the Best Newcomer Award was shared by Joseph Kelly and Rory Potter. Best Independent Production went to Punk Rock, produced by pantsguys Productions with atyp Under The Wharf, which also garnered Best Director (Anthony Skuse) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role in an Independent Production (Graeme McRae).
Best Actor in a Leading Role of a Mainstage Production was won by Josh McConville for Griffin’s The Boys, for which Eryn Jean Norvill was awarded Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Mainstage Production. Caroline Brazier won Best Actress in a Leading Role in an Independent Production for I Want To Sleep With Tom Stoppard, while James Lugton won Best Actor in a Leading Role in an Independent Production for The Taming of the Shrew.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Mainstage Production went to Patrick Brammall in Death of a Salesman, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in an Independent Production went to Elena Carapetis for Truck Stop.
South Pacific was awarded Best Production of a Musical, while Lucy Durack won the Judith Johnson Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for in Legally Blonde, and Ben Lewis was awarded the Judith Johnson Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for Love Never Dies. The Supporting Actor and Actress Awards in a Musical went to Bert LaBonte for An Officer and A Gentleman and Jennifer Vuletic for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
The 2012 Sydney Theatre Award for Lifetime Achievement was presented to Barry Humphries, in recognition of his unique and extraordinary career in Australia and internationally.
Presenters at the Awards ceremony included Amanda Bishop, Wayne Blair, Mitchell Butel, Zoe Carides, Trudy Dalgleish, James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Alice Livingstone, Michael Scott Mitchell, Lara Mulcahy, Tommy Murphy and Guy Noble.
The Sydney Theatre Awards are run by a group of 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), Chris Hook (Daily Telegraph), Deborah Jones (The Australian), Darryn King (Time Out Sydney), Jo Litson (The Sunday Telegraph), John McCallum (The Australian) and Diana Simmonds (Stagenoise website).
The Sydney Theatre Awards gratefully thank our sponsors: Seaborn, Broughton and Walford Foundation; Zip Industries; Noyce Brothers Winery; Showcast; Currency Press; William Fletcher Foundation; Ticketmaster; Bellbird Cottages; stagenoise; Neglected Musicals; ACMN.