Act 2 2019 Helpmann Awards Winners

Tonight, the second half of the 2019 Helpmann Awards were announced in Melbourne.

In case you missed it, Act 1 took place last night at an industry-only cocktail event and included the announcement of the first 20 awards.

Act 2 was a star-studded black-tie gala event hosted by comedian, writer and actor, Susie Youssef, and Artistic Director of State Theatre SA, Mitchell Butel. Twenty-three awards were presented this evening in the categories of comedy, cabaret, contemporary music, musicals, opera, classical music, theatre and ballet, dance and physical theatre.  In addition, the 2019 JC Williamson Award was presented by Paul Kelly AO to the legendary singer-songwriter Kev Carmody, for his outstanding contribution to the live performance industry.

In a world-first, the cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child performed an exclusive montage from Melbourne’s Princess Theatre, which was beamed live to the Helpmann Awards at Arts Centre Melbourne’s State Theatre.

Belvoir Theatre Company was the big winner this year scooping a total of 13 awards. Counting and Cracking (Belvoir & Co-Curious) won 7 awards including Best Play and Barbara and the Camp Dogs (pictured above) won 4 awards including Best Musical and Best Female Actor in a Musical.

2019 Act 2 Helpmann Awards Winners List

  • Best Male Actor in a Musical

    Brent Hill, School of Rock the Musical

  • Best Female Actor in a Musical

    Ursula Yovich, Barbara and the Camp Dogs

  • Best Male Actor in a Play

    Prakash Belawadi, Counting & Cracking

  • Best Female Actor in a Play

    Kate Mulvany, Every Brilliant Thing

  • Best Comedy Performer

    Hannah Gadsby, Douglas

  • Best Cabaret Performer

    Ali McGregor, Yma Sumac
    The Peruvian Songbird

  • Best Male Dancer in a Ballet, Dance, or Physical Theatre Production

    Waangenga Blanco, Dark Emu

  • Best Female Dancer in a Ballet, Dance, or Physical Theatre Production

    Tara Jade Samaya, Common Ground

  • Best Male Performer in an Opera

    Michael Honeyman, Wozzeck

  • Best Female Performer in an Opera

    Lise Lindstrom, Salome

  • Best International Contemporary Concert

    David Byrne and Frontier Touring, American Utopia Tour 2018

  • Best Contemporary Music Festival

    Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), MONA FOMA 2019

  • Best Australian Contemporary Concert

    Tim Minchin and Live Nation Australasia, Back

  • Best Individual Classical Music Performance

    Asher Fisch, Tristan und Isolde

  • Best Chamber and/or Instrumental Ensemble Concert

    Gabrieli Consort & Players
    Purcell’s King Arthur

  • Best Symphony Orchestra Concert

    Tristan und Isolde, West Australian Symphony Orchestra

  • Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production

    Out Of Chaos…, Gravity & Other Myths

  • Best Ballet

    Aurum, The Australian Ballet

  • Best Dance Production

    The Beginning of Nature, Australian Dance Theatre

  • Best Opera

    Komische Oper Berlin’s The Magic Flute

  • Best Musical

    Barbara and the Camp Dogs

  • Best Production of a Play

    Counting & Cracking

  • Best New Australian Work

    S. Shakthidharan and Eamon Flack, Counting & Cracking

View the 2019 Act 1 Helpmann Awards Winners List


Matt Edwards

Matt is a past owner of AussieTheatre, working as digital director from 2011 to 2019. He is also a performer, most recently appeared in the Australian tour of Mamma Mia! and previously in the Australian/NZ tour of CATS and Enda Markey's acclaimed production of Blood Brothers. As well as performing Matt keeps himself busy in the digital side of the arts working with web design agency Emptyhead Digital

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