ENTERTAINMENT — 24 February 2014

By Madeline O’Connor

Daniel Radcliffe has won Best Actor in a Play at the WhatsOnstage Awards, for his portrayal of Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh.

The production is now Broadway-bound, opening at the Cort Theater in April, with the complete London cast. Radcliffe, who attended the ceremony, is a previous winner for Equus in 2008.

He said: “I am deeply honoured to receive this prestigious award and I accept it on behalf of the whole cast who together helped make this production of The Cripple of Inishmaan a truly joyous experience for me as an actor.

“I’d also like to thank Michael Grandage for his leadership and inspirational direction, and I’m absolutely thrilled to now be given the opportunity to take Martin McDonagh’s achingly witty and poignant play to Broadway.”

At the Sunday evening ceremony at the Prince of Wales Theatre, the 2014 WhatsOnStage Awards – the only major theatre prize-giving decided by the public, saw the all-conquering musical The Book of Mormon tops the theatregoers’ vote, seeing off strong competition from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Light Princess.

As well as receiving the Award for Best New Musical, they also won top acting honours, with Best Actor in a Musical (sponsored by Radisson Blu Edwardian) for Gavin Creel, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Alexia Khadime, and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for Stephen Ashfield.

Last year saw the inaugural season of the Michael Grandage Company take the West End by storm, with a series of star studded sell-out productions. The season of five plays at the Noel Coward Theatre brought a new audience to the West End with 100,000 tickets across the season at just £10. Michael Grandage received the hotly-contested award for Best Director (sponsored by Managed Networks).

David Walliams received the Best Supporting Actor in a Play Award for his role in Grandage’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Helen Mirren took Best Actress in a Play Award for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience.

 

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