13th Helpmann Awards

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13th Helpmann Awards
Date 29 July 2013
Location Sydney Opera House
Hosted by Eddie Perfect,
Christie Whelan-Browne
Television/radio coverage
Network Arena

The 13th Annual Helpmann Awards were held on 29 July 2013 at the Sydney Opera House, in Sydney.[1] Administered by Live Performance Australia (LPA), accolades were handed out in 41 categories for achievements in theatre, musicals, opera, ballet, dance and concerts for productions shown between 1 March 2012 and 31 May 2013.[2][3] The ceremony was broadcast live on Arena with Eddie Perfect and Christie Whelan-Browne hosting the event.[4]

The nominations were announced by David Atkins, Christie Whelan-Browne, Chloe Dallimore, Sharon Millerchip, Catherine McClements, Simon Gallaher, Cameron Goodall, Rob Mills and Erika Heynatz on 23 June 2013. The Secret River received the most nominations with eleven including: Best Play, Best New Australian Work and Best Direction of a Play. King Kong, Legally Blonde and The Addams Family led the musical field with eight nominations each. Salome gained the most opera nominations with five, including Best Opera, and TERRAIN and Keep Everything were the most nominated dance works with four each.

Kylie Minogue and David Blenkinsop were the JC Williamson Award recipients, and Brian Stacey Memorial Trust was awarded to Carolyn Watson. White Night Melbourne was given the Best Special Event Award and a new prize was created for King Kong for Outstanding Theatrical Achievement.

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the following tables, winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface. The nominees are those which are listed below the winner and not in boldface.


Best Play Best Direction of a Play
Best Female Actor in a Play Best Male Actor in a Play
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play


Best Musical
Best Direction of a Musical Best Choreography in a Musical
Best Female Actor in a Musical Best Male Actor in a Musical
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical

Opera and Classical Music[edit]

Best Opera Best Direction of an Opera
Best Female Performer in an Opera Best Male Performer in an Opera
Best Female Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera Best Male Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera
Best Symphony Orchestra Concert Best Chamber and Instrumental Ensemble Concert
Best Individual Classical Performance

Dance and Physical Theatre[edit]

Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production Best Ballet or Dance Work
Best Choreography in a Ballet or Dance Work
  • Anthony Hamilton – Black Project 1 & 2
    • Anthony Hamilton – Keep Everything
    • Stephanie Lake – Dual
    • Frances Rings – TERRAIN
Best Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production

Contemporary Music[edit]

Best International Contemporary Concert Best Australian Contemporary Concert
Best Contemporary Music Festival


Best Presentation for Children Best Regional Touring Production
Best Cabaret Performer Best Comedy Performer
  • Robyn Archer – Robyn Archer in Concert: Que Reste-t-il?
    • Tommy Bradson – The Men My Mother Loved
    • Christopher Green – TINA C: Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word
    • Mark Nadler – I'm a Stranger Here Myself


Best New Australian Work
Best Original Score Best Musical Direction
Best Costume Design Best Scenic Design
Best Lighting Design Best Sound Design

Special awards[edit]

The JC Williamson Award, awarded for one's life's work in Australia's live entertainment industry was given to Australian singer Kylie Minogue and arts philanthropist David Blenkinsop.[5] Carolyn Watson received the Brian Stacey Award for emerging Australian conductors, and an additional $8000 prize.[6] Victorian Major Events Company accepted the award for Best Special Event on behalf of the State Government of Victoria, for the White Night Melbourne festival.[7] The award for Outstanding Theatrical Achievement was created by the Industry Awards Panel and Helpmann Awards Administration Committee for the "design, creation and operation of King Kong – the creature."[7] The panel and administration felt that the "ground breaking Australian creation, the first of its kind in the world, was worthy of individual recognition."[8]


  1. ^ The full producing credit for The Secret River is Sydney Theatre Company in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, Sydney Festival, the Centenary of Canberra, Perth International Arts Festival
  2. ^ The full producing credit for Legally Blonde is Howard Panter for the Ambassador Theatre Group and John Frost for Gordon Frost Organisation.
  3. ^ The full producing credit for The Addams Family is Rodney Rigby, Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt , Five Cent Productions, Eva Price, Silvio Salom, Stuart Ditsky/Adam Ditsky, James Herbert, Arthur Hershaft, Cheryl Lachowicz, Mary Khoury, Mary Lu Roffe and Gian Christian by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical.


  1. ^ Staff (15 December 2011). "Save the date". Live Performance Australia. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Award Categories". Helpmann Awards. Live Performance Australia. Archived from the original on 14 April 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Helpmann Awards – Eligibility". Helpmann Awards. Archived from the original on 1 July 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  4. ^ Epstein, Jackie (13 June 2013). "Helpmann Awards find perfect hosts". PerthNow. The Sunday Times (News Corp Australia). Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  5. ^ Adams, Cameron (28 June 2013). "Kylie Minogue to be presented with special honour at the 2013 Helpmann Awards". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times (News Corp Australia). Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  6. ^ Mcdonald, Patrick (24 June 2013). "Windmill Theatre's School Dance gets six nominations". News.com.au (News Limited). Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  7. ^ a b Staff (24 June 2013). "2013 Helpmann Awards nominations announced". Helpmann Awards. Live Performance Australia (LPA). Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  8. ^ Bennett, Sally (24 June 2013). "King Kong gatecrashes Helpmann Awards, picking up eight nominations and special 'outstanding achievement' award". Herald Sun. Herald and Weekly Times (News Corp Australia). Retrieved 9 July 2013.

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