Sheffield Theatres’ show voted best in UK

Dominic West as Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady
Dominic West as Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady
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Drama fans have hailed a Sheffield Theatre’s production starring homegrown talent Dominic West as the best regional show in the UK.

My Fair Lady was voted the best regional production prize at the WhatsOnStage Awards, hosted in London’s West End.

The show, also starring newcomer actress Carly Bawden, was a sell-out success at the Crucible Theatre during its run from December 2012 to January 2013.

Award-winning actor West, from Hope, near Sheffield, played Professor Higgins in the show, attracting rave reviews.

West also returned to Westbourne School in Broomhill, where he was a pupil, to open its pre-school department during his time at The Crucible.

Show director Daniel Evans, artistic director at Sheffield Theatres, said: “My Fair Lady was a special production for everyone who worked on it and the whole team are so proud to have received this award.

“We are particularly thrilled as this is an award which is entirely subject to a public vote.

“It is fantastic to know that with this WhatsOnStage award, the public are reaffirming Sheffield Theatres’ position at the forefront of UK regional theatre.”

Award winners were announced by TV presenter Mel Giedroyc and comedian Rufus Hound at the Prince of Wales theatre in London.

The WhatsOnStage Awards are the only theatre honours in the country to be voted for entirely by the public.

Doncaster-born actress Sheridan Smith also went on stage to collect the Best Shakespearean Production award for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

It marks another celebration for hard-working staff after Sheffield Theatres was named Regional Theatre of the Year for the second year running in January.

Last year it was handed four UK Theatre Awards for its productions.