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Another award for 'Maria' winner
Connie Fisher
Connie Fisher shared another best newcomer award last week
Connie Fisher, winner of TV's How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, has received another best newcomer award for her role in The Sound of Music.

The Welsh actress, who made her West End debut in the show, has been named London newcomer of the year at the Theatregoers' Choice Awards.

Last week she received a similar honour from the London Critics' Circle.

Dame Judi Dench was named best actress, while Kevin Spacey has won best actor for the second year in a row.

Wicked has been named best new musical, one of four prizes given to the Wizard of Oz inspired stage show.

More than 12,000 theatregoers voted in the awards, organised by the Whatsonstage.com website.

'Gratifying'

Spacey, who won last year for playing Shakespeare's Richard II at the Old Vic theatre, said it was "very gratifying" to be honoured for his performance in Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten.

Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey is artistic director of the Old Vic theatre
"To receive this just before we set off for New York is just wonderful," he said.

Dame Judi, recognised for her role in Noel Coward's Hay Fever, said she was "delighted to win this award, particularly as it's given by theatregoers".

The audience, she continued, "is, after all, who we do it for".

Other recipients include Tim Curry, honoured for his performance in Monty Python musical Spamalot, and Patrick Stewart, award for his one-man rendition of Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Dirty Dancing star Patrick Swayze wins a prize for taking on the role of Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, while The Sound of Music receives a further prize for best musical revival.


SEE ALSO
TV's Maria shares newcomer award
31 Jan 07 |  Entertainment
Maria star on newcomer shortlist
19 Dec 06 |  Entertainment
Double nominations for new Maria
01 Dec 06 |  Entertainment
Wicked 'sets record' for West End
31 Oct 06 |  Entertainment
Swayze set to make West End debut
02 Jun 06 |  Entertainment

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