Top Picks of Regional Theatre 2018: Casts & Creatives


My top theatre productions of 2018 are up! You can read them all here. But there’s more praise to go around when I look back at the performances and productions to have impressed over the last year. So, with no actual awards to deliver, here are my top cast and creatives of 2018, who shall receive only a sincere nod of respect and appreciation for performances which stood out amongst so many other wonderful performances given this year. 


I make absolutely no apology for the length of this three part round-up. When 110 shows have been seen, I feel no need to be unnecessarily restrictive when it comes to far-reaching recognition. I also stand by my selections of categories – I’m praising what I’ve loved, meaning made-up categories feature and I’ve chosen to separate my Top Picks into London, Regional and Touring Productions to ensure fair coverage across theatreland…

Here’s the second instalment of my Top Picks Of Casts and Creatives 2018: Regional Productions

Best Performance in a Production

Ikumelo Morden – Our Country’s Good

Best Lead Performance in a Musical

Paul-James Corrigan – Sunshine on Leith

Best Supporting Performance in a Musical

Neshla Caplan – Sunshine on Leith

Best Lead Performance in a Drama

Sharon Small – Still Alice

Best Supporting Performance in a Drama 

Cate Hamer – Kinderstransport / Talking Heads

When I was thinking this over, Hamer’s performances vied for this spot. As both roles belong to the same great actress, I’m giving her both, just because I can!

Best Lead Performance in a Comedy

Lisa Howard They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!

Best Supporting Performance in a Comedy

Philip Stewart – Boeing Boeing

Best Performance in a Panto

John Elkington – Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood

Best Ensemble Performance

Our Country’s Good

Best Direction

Fiona Buffini – Our Country’s Good

Best Choreography

Emily-Jane Boyle – Sunshine on Leith

Best Set Design

Lily Arnold – The Secret Garden

Best Costume Design

Hayley Grindle – A Christmas Carol

Best Lighting Design

Matt Leventhall – The Secret Garden

Best Puppetry Design

The Croc – Peter Pan

Best Writing

Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol (a favourite, what can I say? It’s a masterpiece.)

Best Adaptation

Jessica Swale – Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden


Regional Fringe Productions

Best Lead Performance in a Fringe Drama

Leanne Stenson – 100 Ways to Tie a Shoelace

Best Supporting Performance in a Fringe Drama

Tonderai Munyevu – Black Men Walking

Best Lead Performance in a Fringe Comedy

Richard Billings – Bouncers

Best Supporting Performance in a Fringe Comedy

Simon Reece – Bouncers

Best One Hander Fringe Performance

Selina Thompson – Salt

Best Fringe Direction

Dawn Walton – Salt

Best New Writing

Selina Thompson – Salt

Top Five Moments:

Watching Selina Thompson hammer home her lessons


Welling up watching Sharon Small break hearts


Laughing out loud at Richard Billings’ brilliant performance


Laughing out loud on numerous occasions thanks to Lisa Howard


Being bowled over by Ikumelo Morden’s fiery performance in Our Country’s Good

Here’s to another year of theatrical glory in 2019!

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