Black British Theatre Awards 2020: Winners include Miriam-Teak Lee, Rakie Ayola and Arinzé Kene

Jessie Thompson
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David Mensah
David Mensah

The winners of this year’s Black British Theatre Awards were announced last night, with Death of a Salesman winning the prize for best production of a play.

The annual celebration of Black British theatre talent was hosted by actor Eddie Nestor in a socially distanced event at the Young Vic, and televised for the first time on Sky Arts.

Winners included Rakie Ayola for her performance in On Bear Ridge , Nadia Latif for directing Fairview at the Young Vic and Cherelle Skeete for her supporting performance in Temi Wilkey’ s debut play The High Table .

Arinzé Kene was given the Book and Lyrics Recognition Award, while Miriam-Teak Lee was named Best Female Actor in a Musical for her performance in & Juliet on the same night that she won an Olivier Award for the same performance.

The winners in full:

BEST DIRECTOR AWARD FOR A PLAY OR MUSICAL

Nadia Latif, Fairview, Young Vic Theatre

BEST PRODUCER AWARD

Adrian Grant, Thriller Live, Lyric Theatre

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER AWARD

Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy MBE, REDD, Barbican Theatre

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE IN A DANCE PRODUCTION AWARD

Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy MBE, REDD, Barbican Theatre

BEST DANCE PRODUCTION AWARD

Ingoma, Ballet Black, Barbican Theatre

BEST USE OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY

Nicole Raquel Dennis and Ryan Carter, Turn Up, Cadogan Hall

LIGHT AND SOUND RECOGNITION AWARD

Carmen Wright

COSTUME DESIGN RECOGNITION AWARD

Natalie Pryce

BOOK AND LYRICS RECOGNITION AWARD

Arinzé Kene

MUSICAL DIRECTOR RECOGNITION AWARD

Ian Oakley

CASTING DIRECTOR RECOGNITION AWARD

Isabella Odoffin

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A PLAY AWARD

Valentine Olukoga, The Fishermen

BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A PLAY AWARD

Rakie Ayola, On Bear Ridge

BEST SUPPORTING MALE ACTOR IN A PLAY AWARD

Nari Blair-Mangat, Cyrano de Bergerac

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE ACTOR IN A PLAY AWARD

Cherrelle Skeete, The High Table

BEST PRODUCTION PLAY AWARD

Death of a Salesman, Young Vic

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL AWARD

Noah Thomas, Everybody's Talking About Jamie

BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL AWARD

Miriam-Teak Lee, & Juliet

BEST SUPPORTING MALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL AWARD

Nicholas McLean, Wicked

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL AWARD

Nicole Raquel Dennis, Dear Evan Hansen

BEST MUSICAL PRODUCTION AWARD

Thriller Live

LGBTQ+ CHAMPION AWARD

Layton Williams

DISABILITY CHAMPION AWARD

Rachel Nwokoro

BEST TEACHER OF PERFORMING ARTS AS A SUBJECT AWARD

David Blake, WAC Arts

BEST RECENT GRADUATE AWARD

Tonye Scott-Obene, Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Shirley Thompson OBE