Ruth Scoops Acting Awards Galore

Ruth Ferguson was named Newport’s best actor when she was presented with the prestigious Webley Award at Newport Playgoers Society’s AGM.

Ruth Ferguson with her awards

Ruth Ferguson is pictured with Playgoers President Richard Dymond and some of the awards won by ‘The Lady in the Van’. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Ruth won the coveted award for her portrayal of an eccentric bag lady in the title role of Playgoers’ production of Alan Bennett’s ‘The Lady in the Van’.

It is the latest award recognising Ruth’s outstanding performance as Miss Shepherd, a real life character who “temporarily” parked her van in the Yorkshire playwright’s garden and stayed there for 15 years.

Ruth Ferguson as 'The Lady in the Van'

Ruth Ferguson in her award-winning role as the eccentric Miss Shepherd in ‘The Lady in the Van’. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Recently, Ruth won the Gwent Drama League award for best actress and the play also picked up prizes for best decor, best play and best overall production.

“I am really pleased to have won this award,” said Ruth who has been a member of Playgoers for over 30 years. “I now realise that the way to win awards is to play smelly old ladies with double incontinence!”

The Webley Award is presented by Playgoers each year in honour of Thomas Webley, the Society’s first President, who was Principal of Caerleon College, which is now the University of Wales, Newport.

Ruth will be in action on the Dolman stage in Newport Playgoers’ exciting new season which includes ‘Dad’s Army’, ‘Calendar Girls’ and ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’. The new season opens with Noel Coward’s witty supernatural comedy ‘Blithe Spirit’ on 12th September. To find out more information and book tickets call the Dolman Theatre box office on 01633 263670 or visit


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