Students compete to be crowned Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year at the Garrick Theatre

Twelve student finalists from top drama schools across the UK will compete for the title of this year’s Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year (SSSSPOTY), on Sunday 17th  May at 3pm at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End. Each student will sing a song by Stephen Sondheim and, at his personal request, they will also each sing a new musical theatre song, written by members of Mercury Musical Developments and shortlisted for the Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Prize.

This will also be a rare opportunity to see Elaine Paige, the first lady of musical theatre, perform a new version of I’m Still Here from Follies, specially adapted for her by Stiles & Drewe, with the permission of Stephen Sondheim. The afternoon is hosted by Michael Xavier who will also perform. There will also be a performance by 2014 SSSSPOTY winner Corinne Priest.

The twelve student finalists aged 18-24 will perform songs from: Passion, Company, Sweeney Todd, Follies, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George and Into The Woods.

The renowned Sondheim interpreter and patron of the Stephen Sondheim Society, Julia McKenzie will be presenting the award, alongside a glittering line up of judges including Elaine Paige, Laura Pitt-Pulford, director Jamie Lloyd, conductor and BBC Proms favourite John Wilson and writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson. Composers and lyricists George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and Pippa Cleary and Jake Brunger (writers of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole at Curve Leicester) will be judging the Best New Song Prize.

The prestige and impact of these awards continues to grow each year. The competition is now in its ninth year with a top prize of £1,000 for both the Student Performer and the writer of the Best New Song. The student runner-up will also receive a prize of £500. The event is produced by Martin Jackson and Victoria Saxton for Mercury Musical Developments and Craig Glenday for The Stephen Sondheim Society.

The Student Performer prize is sponsored by Michael Darling and The Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Prize is co-sponsored by Stiles and Drewe and R & H Theatricals Europe.

Tickets are available from or 0844 412 4662 priced: premium £37.50 / full £32.50 / student £22.50.