Sheridan Smith scoops best actress at theatre awards

Sheridan Smith said that her role as Hedda Gabler took her far outside of her comfort zone, but she has been rewarded for this with the best actress gong as the Whatsonstage awards.

The prestigious ceremony, which sees awards handed over to the thespians that have been voted for by theatre audiences, took place at London's Palace Theatre on Sunday (February 17th).

More than 60,000 people took part in the voting across 27 different categories and Smith managed to just beat off competition from Billie Piper – who starred in The Effect – for the main prize.

Just 0.9 per cent of the public vote separated the winner from the runner-up and Smith admitted that she "loved" doing the play, even if she felt out of her depth at times.

She told BBC News: "Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic and [director] Anna Mackmin believed in me way more than I believed in myself, so they dragged through it. I'm so pleased I did because I've achieved something that I would have never taken the risk to do."

The best actor in a play award went to Rupert Everett for his portrayal of Oscar Wilde in the revival of The Judas Kiss, which has been transferred to the Duke of York's Theatre following its run at the Hampstead Theatre.

This production is set to be at the Duke of York's Theatre until April 6th, so people have only got a short period of time to book stays in one of the many luxury hotels in London to see it in person.

People can get tickets for one of the performances from just £15, with the best seats in the house costing £65.

The Duke of York's Theatre is situated just a stone's throw away from Leicester Square Tube stop, while Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden and Embankment are all closely situated, so getting to the theatre from any hotel shouldn't provide too many obstacles.

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