On Monday night the 2016 Helpmann’s were announced. With presenters including Tim Minchin and Noni Hazlehurst the night was all about Matilda. It took home  a record 13 awards. It took Best Musical an every award possible for a musical. Griffin’s The Bleeding tree picked up Best play, Best Direction (Lee Lewis) and Best Female Actress in A play [Paula Arundel]. Agrippina lead the awards for Opera categories with four of the six possible awards.

The annual Helpmann Awards recognise distinguished artistic achievement and excellence in the many disciplines of Australia’s vibrant live performance sectors, including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, cabaret, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre. The Helpmann Awards also incorporate the JC Williamson and Sue Nattrass Awards for outstanding contribution to the Australian live performance industry


Full Winners List

Recipient of JC Williamson Award: Stephen Page

Best Musical: Matilda The Musical
Best Director Of a Musical: Matthew Warchus [Matilda The Musical]
Best Female Actress In A musical: Molly Barwick, Dusty Bursill, Tiana Mirra, Alannah Parfett, Sasha Rose, Georgia Taplin, Bella Thomas and Ingrid Torelli [Matilda The Musical]
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in A Musical: Elise Mccann [Matilda The Musical]
Best Male Actor in A Musical: James Millar [Matilda The Musical]
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in A Musical: Daniel Frederiksen [Matilda The Musical]
Best Choreography Of a Musical: Peter Darling [Matilda The Musical]

Best Play: The Bleeding Tree
Best Direction of a Play: Lee Lewis [The Bleeding Tree]
Best Female Actor in a Play: Paula Arundel [The Bleeding Tree]
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play: Sarah Peirse [The Golden Age]
Best Male Actor in a Play: Mark Leonard Winter [Birdland]
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play: Mark Leonard Winter [King Lear]

Best Opera: Agrippina
Best Director of an Opera: Sir David Mcvicar [The Marriage Of Figaro]
Best Female Performer in an Opera: Nicole Car [Luisa Miller]
Best Female Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera: Keri Fuge [Agrippina]
Best Male Performer in an Opera: Carlo Vistoli [Agrippina]
Best Male Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera: João Fernandes [Agrippina]

Best Cabaret Performer: Michael Griffiths [Cole]
Best Comedy Performer: Tom Ballard [The World Keeps Happening]
Best Presentation for Children: Barking Gecko Theatre Company [Bambert’s Book Of Lost Stories]
Best Regional Touring Production: ATYP & Performing Lines [Sugarland]
Best New Australian Work: Carolyn Burns And Tim Finn With Simon Phillips [Ladies In Black]

Best Ballet or Dance Work: Sheoak
Best Choreography in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work:  Frances Rings [Sheoak]
Best Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work: Yolanda Lowatta [Sheoak]
Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work: Kimball Wong [Habitus]
Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production: Il Ritorno [Brisbane Festival And Circa]

Best Costume Design: Rob Howell [Matilda The Musical]
Best Lighting Design: Hugh Vanston [Matilda The Musical]
Best Music Direction: Stephen Amos [Matilda The Musical]
Best Original Score: Tim Minchin [Matilda The Musical]
Best Scenic Design: Rob Howell [Matilda The Musical]
Best Sound Design: Simon Baker [Matilda The Musical]

Best Individual Classical Performance: Pierre-laurent Aimard
Best Symphony Orchestra Concert: Sir Simon Rattle Conducts The Australian World Orchestra
Best Chamber and/or Instrumental Ensemble Concert: French Baroque With Circa

Best Australian Contemporary Concert: Kate Miller-Heidke and the Tasmania Symphony Orchestra
Best International Contemporary Concert: Prince ‘piano & A Microphone’ Tour 2016
Best Contemporary Music Festival: Womadelaide 2016


The Helpmann Awards, named in honour of Sir Robert Helpmann and to commemorate his memory and achievements, were established in 2001 by Live Performance Australia (LPA) to recognise, celebrate and promote our live performance industry, similar to the Tony Awards on Broadway and the Olivier Awards in London.