Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre Sydney Theatre Awards 2015: the full winners list By Ben Neutze | January 18, 2016 | Belvoir’s production of Ivanov (pictured above) has won Best Mainstage Production at tonight’s Sydney Theatre Awards for shows presented in 2015. In the Mainstage categories, it also picked up Best Director for Eamon Flack, Best Supporting Actress for Blazey Best and Best Supporting Actor for John Howard. Hugo Weaving won Best Lead Actor for his performance in Endgame, while Eryn Jean Norvill won Best Lead Actress for Suddenly Last Summer over fellow nominees Cate Blanchett, Paula Arundell and Jacqueline McKenzie. The musical theatre categories were this year expanded to recognise the breadth of work across both the commercial and independent sector in 2015, taking the total number of awards up to a record 36. Matilda won Best Production of a Mainstage Musical as well as Best Supporting Actress for Elise McCann and Best Supporting Actor for James Millar. The four young actresses who share the title role were given a Special Achievement Award. Best Lead Actor in a Musical went to Hayden Tee for his performance as Javert in Les Miserables, a role he will be reprising on Broadway later this year. Amy Lehpamer took out Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her performance in The Sound of Music. The Hayes Theatre Company production of Violet was the big winner in the independent musical theatre categories, taking home Best Production of an Independent Musical, Best Director of a Musical (Mitchell Butel) and Best Musical Direction (Lucy Bermingham). Sport for Jove’s Of Mice and Men won Best Independent Production and Best Director of an Independent Production (Iain Sinclair), as well as Best Stage Design of an Independent Production. Veteran producer Christine Dunstan, who has hundreds of productions to her name, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Sydney Theatre Awards are presented by a group of leading theatre critics including Daily Review’s Ben Neutze, Elissa Blake (Sun Herald), Jason Blake (Sydney Morning Herald), Dee Jefferson (Time Out), Deborah Jones (The Australian), Jo Litson (Sunday Telegraph), John McCallum (The Australian), Diana Simmonds (stagenoise.com), Polly Simons (Daily Telegraph) and Cassie Tongue (AussieTheatre). 2015 SYDNEY THEATRE AWARD WINNERS BEST MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION Ivanov (Belvoir) BEST INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION Of Mice and Men (Sport for Jove and Seymour Centre) BEST DIRECTION OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION Eamon Flack (Ivanov) BEST DIRECTION OF AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION Iain Sinclair (Of Mice and Men) BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION Eryn Jean Norvill (Suddenly Last Summer) BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION Hugo Weaving (Endgame) BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION Kate Cole (Grounded) BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION Thomas Campbell (Misterman) BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION Blazey Best (Ivanov) BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION John Howard (Ivanov) BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION Taylor Ferguson (Good Works) BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION James Bell (The Aliens) BEST STAGE DESIGN OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION Nick Schlieper (Endgame) BEST STAGE DESIGN OF AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION Michael Hankin (Of Mice and Men) BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION Alice Babidge (Suddenly Last Summer) BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION Angela White (Heathers) BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION Paul Jackson (Love and Information) BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION Hartley TA Kemp (Misterman) BEST SCORE OR SOUND DESIGN OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION The Sweats (Love and Information) BEST SCORE OR SOUND DESIGN OF AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION Nate Edmondson (Misterman) BEST NEW AUSTRALIAN WORK The Bleeding Tree (Angus Cerini) BEST NEWCOMER Lauren McKenna (Heathers) BEST ENSEMBLE CAST After Dinner (Sydney Theatre Company) BEST PRODUCTION OF A MAINSTREAM MUSICAL Matilda (The Royal Shakespeare Company, Louise Withers, Michael Coppel and Michael Watt) BEST PRODUCTION OF AN INDEPENDENT MUSICAL Violet (Blue Saint Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co) BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL Mitchell Butel (Violet) JUDITH JOHNSON AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL Amy Lehpamer (The Sound of Music) JUDITH JOHNSON AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MUSICAL Hayden Tee (Les Miserables) BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL Elise McCann (Matilda) BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL James Millar (Matilda) BEST MUSICAL DIRECTION Lucy Bermingham (Violet) BEST CABARET PRODUCTION Josie Lane (Asian Provocateur) BEST PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN The 52-Storey Treehouse (CDP) BEST PRODUCTION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE War Crimes (ATYP) SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Molly Barwick, Sasha Rose, Georgia Taplin, Bella Thomas (Matilda) LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Christine Dunstan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Email About the Author: Ben Neutze Ben Neutze is Deputy Editor of Daily Review. He has previously written for Time Out Sydney, The Guardian Australia and Limelight Magazine.