Helpmann Award for Best Direction of a Play

The Helpmann Award for Best Direction of a Play is a theatre award, presented by Live Performance Australia (LPA) at the annual Helpmann Awards since 2001.[1] In the following list winners are listed first and marked in gold, in boldface, and the nominees are listed below with no highlight. Neil Armfield has won the most awards, with four, and is tied the most nominated director with Simon Phillips, both gandering nine nominations.

Helpmann Award for
Best Direction of a Play
Awarded forBest Direction of a Play
Presented byLive Performance Australia
Currently held byLeticia Cáceres for The Drover's Wife (2017)

Winners and nominees

   Winners are listed first and marked in a separate colour.
Year Director Production
Benedict Andrews La Dispute
Kate Cherry Life After George
Neil Armfield The Small Poppies
Simon Phillips Measure For Measure
Neil Armfield Cloudstreet
Rodney Fisher Master Class
Simon Phillips The Tempest
Benedict Andrews Three Sisters
Michael Blakemore Copenhagen
Simon Phillips The Blue Room
Simon Phillips Great Expectations
Neil Armfield Waiting for Godot
Simon Phillips Inheritance
John Bell The Servant of Two Masters
Julian Meyrick Frozen
Neil Armfield The Lieutenant of Inishmore
Jim Sharman Three Furies
Robyn Nevin Hedda Gabler
Michael Blakemore Democracy
Wesley Enoch Riverland
Marion Potts The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
Simon Phillips King Lear
Ariane Mnouchkine Le Dernier Caravansérail
Declan Donnellan Twelfth Night
Barrie Kosky The Lost Echo
Benedict Andrews The Season At Sarsaparilla
Michael Hill Waiting for Godot
Wesley Enoch Parramatta Girls
Neil Armfield Toy Symphony
Benedict Andrews Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Barrie Kosky The Tell-Tale Heart
John Tiffany Black Watch
Benedict Andrews War of the Roses
Barrie Kosky Women of Troy
Peter Evans Blackbird
Neil Armfield Scorched
Simon Phillips Richard III
Thomas Ostermeier Hamlet
Michael Kantor Happy Days
Neil Armfield The Book of Everything
Neil Armfield The Diary of a Madman
Simon Stone The Wild Duck
Wesley Enoch Waltzing The Wilarra
Benedict Andrews Measure for Measure
Benedict Andrews Gross und Klein (Big and Small)
Rachael Maza Jack Charles v The Crown
Simon Phillips Songs for Nobodies
Sam Strong The Boys
Neil Armfield The Secret River
Lee Lewis The School for Wives
Anne-Louise Sarks Medea
Rosemary Myers School Dance
Michael Kantor The Shadow King
Andrew Upton Waiting For Godot
Ivo van Hove Roman Tragedies
Sam Strong The Floating World
Kip Williams Suddenly Last Summer
Andrew Upton Endgame
Sarah Goodes Switzerland
Clare Watson What Rhymes With Cars And Girls
Lee Lewis The Bleeding Tree
Kip Williams Love and Information
Eamon Flack Ivanov
Simon Phillips North by Northwest
Leticia Caceres The Drover's Wife
Kip Williams Chimerica
Judy Davis Faith Healer
Susie Dee SH*T
Sarah Goodes The Children
Matthew Lutton The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man
Kip Williams Cloud Nine
Kip Williams The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
Eamon Flack and S. Shakthidharan Counting and Cracking
Declan Greene Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death
Imara Savage Saint Joan
Kip Williams The Harp in the South: Part One and Part Two

See also


  1. "About". Helpmann Awards. Live Performance Australia. Archived from the original on 12 January 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  2. "Nominees". Helpmann Awards. Live Performance Australia. Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  3. "Pandora Archive 2001 Helpmann Awards Nominees". Australian Entertainment Industry Association (AEIA). Pandora Archive. Archived from the original on 18 July 2003. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  4. "2019 Nominees and Winners | Helpmann Awards". Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  5. "2019 Helpmann Awards Act I presented". Limelight. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
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