Anthony Boyle Nominated for Joe Allen Best West End Debut Award
Anthony Boyle brought Scorpius Malfoy to life in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in his West End debut last year, and he’s getting some of the recognition he deserves. Anthony is nominated in the Joe Allen Best West End Debut category at the Stage Debut Awards, alongside Star Wars star John Boyega (Woyzeck) and six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill).
Anthony, while fairly new on the scene, has received a number of other awards for his role: He was nominated in the Emerging Talent category at the 2016 Evening Standard Theatre Awards and won the Best West End Debut Award at the 2016 West End Frame Awards. He will also be joining the rest of the original Cursed Child cast on Broadway next year, so there could even be a Tony nod in his future!
The Stage Debut Awards celebrate actors and creatives making their professional stage debuts in Manchester, Belfast, Bristol, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Chichester, Liverpool, Derby, Stratford-upon-Avon, and London. Actors as young as 16 are on the shortlist, which also features some well-known names like Amber Riley (Dreamgirls, Glee) and Tony nominee Andy Karl (Groundhog Day). Judge Lynn Gardner gave her opinion on the awards:
A unique chance to celebrate emerging theater talent. With so much great theater taking place across the country, we have a really strong and diverse set of nominees – from young actors making their debuts in small fringe theaters to designers, writers and directors at major regional and national producing theaters. It’s great to see such a great range of talented theatermakers and gives cause for great optimism about the future of theater in the UK.
The West End Debut category is the only one to be decided by the public vote, so you can vote for your favorite actor now on the Stage website. Mark Shenton, the associate editor of the Stage, remarked on the unique nature of this category:
While the other categories in [t]he Stage Debut Awards only recognize complete newcomers, the Joe Allen Best West End Debut Award is a chance to celebrate talent making their mark in the West End for the first time. We have a really great shortlist that ranges from genuine newcomers like Anthony Boyle, who made his professional debut in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, to Audra McDonald, a legend on Broadway making her belated West End debut in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. This is also the only category that will be put to the public vote, but whoever they chose will be a worthy winner.
We’re certainly rooting for Anthony to win, despite a category filled with incredibly talented actors. Make sure to vote here before the winners are announced on September 17. You can learn more about the Stage Debut Awards here. Also, don’t forget to set your calendars for Cursed Child‘s opening on Broadway on April 22, 2018.
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