LAMDA's Stuart Thompson is the 2019 SSSSPOTY winner!

Winners of the 13th annual Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year (SSSSPOTY) and the 12th annual Stiles + Drewe Best New Song Prize were announced last night at a gala held at Theatre Royal Haymarket, hosted by Joanna Riding. The winner of this year’s SSSSPOTY award was Stuart Thompson from LAMDA, who performed "Franklin Shepard, Inc" and "My Thing".

Paige Fenlon from Bird College was selected as runner up, and Jamie Bogyo from RADA as third place.

Craig Glenday, Chair of the Stephen Sondheim Society, today said:

“Once again, the standard at this annual celebration of young and emerging talent was incredibly high, and I know the judges struggled to pick the winners. This gala has earned its status as one of the most important musical-theatre events of the year, and the Society is thrilled at the enthusiastic response from all those in attendance. Many thanks to our generous patron Julia McKenzie for once again allowing us to award a third place performer, and congratulations to Stuart, Paige and Jamie - well done and well deserved. But we really want to commend everyone for staging the most marvellous afternoon of entertainment."

Theo Jamieson was awarded the Stiles + Drewe Prize for his original song "Words/Amazing". And Ben Glasstone and Poppy Burton-Morgan were chosen as runners up for the Stiles + Drewe Prize, for their original song "My Thing".

George Stiles and Anthony Drewe also said: