June 11, 2018
Hamlet And Bennelong Score Ten Helpmann Awards
For the second year running, Adelaide Festival has taken home the most Helpmann Awards in the Opera and Classical Music category, with the festival’s 2018 centrepiece Hamlet scoring four Awards at the ceremonies which were held over two nights in Sydney, on 15 and 16 July.
The awards for Hamlet included Best Opera, Best Direction of an Opera for Artistic Director Neil Armfield AO, Best Male Performer for Allan Clayton and Best Female Performer in a Supporting role for Lorina Gore.
A highlight of the Festival’s 2018 dance program, Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Bennelong also had a night of great success, taking home six Helpmann Awards including Best New Australian Work, Best Dance Production, Best Choreography for Stephen Page AO, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Male Dancer for Beau Dean Riley Smith.
Adelaide Festival is proud to be the most awarded Australian Arts Festival at the 2018 Helpmanns which recognise distinguished artistic achievement and excellence in the many disciplines of Australia’s live performance sectors, including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, cabaret, regional touring, presentations for children, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre.