Prize night: Les Mis' Amara Okereke, Louis Gaunt & composer Gus Gowland win big at The Stage Debut Awards

24 Sep
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Press Releases
Louis Gaunt, Amara Okereke & Gus Gowland. Picture: Alex Brenner

It was smiles all round as The Stage Debut Awards 2018 recognised breakthrough talent in the shape of Amara Okereke, the first actress of colour to play the role of Cosette, Louis Gaunt for his performance in Grange Park Opera’s Oklahoma! and composer Gus Gowland for his show Pieces of String at Mercury Theatre, Chichester. Have you seen any of their work?

Amara Okereke made history in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, London, where she became the first actress of colour to play the role of Cosette; Gus Gowland composed the warm and evocative score for Pieces of String at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester; and Louis Gaunt left a winner for his impressive supporting role in Oklahoma! at Grange Park Opera.

The Stage’s editor Alistair Smith said:

The Stage is delighted to recognise another great roll call of emerging theatrical talent. I have no doubt that our other superb winners will go on to achieve great things in theatre and beyond. They are the West End stars, groundbreaking artists and household names of tomorrow and we can’t wait to see what they all do next.”

The Stage Debut Awards celebrate the very best breakthrough talent in theatre, from actors and directors to designers, writers, composers and lyricists, all of whom have made their professional debuts in the past year. These awards are the first of their kind to recognise outstanding emerging talent.


Best Actor In A Musical – Sponsored by Encore Radio

Louis Gaunt for Oklahoma! at Grange Park Opera, West Horsley

Best Actress In A Musical – Sponsored by R&H Theatricals Europe

Amara Okereke for Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, London

Best Composer or Lyricist – Sponsored by Trafalgar Entertainment Group

Gus Gowland for Pieces of String at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester