West End Wilma, one of the UK’s most popular and successful theatre bloggers, is setting up her own awards ceremony.
After years of prompting by friends, actors and PR types, Wilma has announced that the first ever Wilma Awards, in association with Freedom Bar Soho, will take place on Friday afternoon, 7th November 2014.
The exclusive invite-only ceremony at Freedom Bar in Soho will be hosted by actor and director Tim McArthur.
Guests will be treated to Afternoon Tea with Wilma (courtesy of The Full English) while they watch the winners be revealed and listen to some very special live performances!
“People have been telling me for years that I should do The Wilma Awards but I wanted to wait until I felt the time was right,” said Wilma. “If I’m going to do something in life, I’m going to do it properly! And if there’s one thing I know how to do it’s throw a good party!”
The Awards up for grabs are:
• Best West End Show
• Best Fringe Production
• Best Touring Production (sponsored by Churchill Theatre Bromley)
• Most Underrated West End Show
• Best Supporting Cast Member
• Best Theatre Blog (sponsored by IOGIG Online Services)
• Rising Star Award (sponsored by Planet Hollywood)
• Most Welcoming Venue
• Best Take-over in a Role
• Lifetime Achievement in Theatre
Wilma and her team of reviewers will shortlist the nominees in each category from their combined opinions on the past 12 months of Theatre. Those shortlisted will then be put to the public vote to decide on the winners.
Public voting will open on 1 October 2014 and run for two weeks at westendwilma.com.