Key Dates

27 Oct – Nominations open
24 Nov – Nominations close
1 Dec – Voting opens
31 Jan – Voting closes
25 Feb – Awards Concert

 

Nominees

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY
SPONSORED BY RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN

  • Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
  • Andrew Scott, Hamlet
  • Bryan Cranston, Network
  • David Tennant, Don Juan in Soho
  • Martin Freeman, Labour of Love

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY

  • Eve Best, Love in Idleness
  • Imelda Staunton, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Olivia Colman, Mosquitoes 
  • Natalie Dormer, Venus in Fur
  • Tamsin Greig, Labour of Love

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
SPONSORED BY THE UMBRELLA ROOMS

  • Andrew Polec, Bat Out of Hell
  • Danny Mac, Sunset Boulevard
  • Hadley Fraser, Young Frankenstein
  • John McCrea, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  • Tom Lister, 42nd Street

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
SPONSORED BY 100 WARDOUR ST

  • Carrie Hope Fletcher, The Addams Family
  • Christina Bennington, Bat Out of Hell
  • Janie Dee, Follies
  • Josie Walker, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  • Ria Jones, Sunset Boulevard

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY

  • Adrian Scarborough, Don Juan in Soho
  • Fra Fee, The Ferryman
  • Nathan Lane, Angels in America
  • Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Angels in America
  • Peter Polycarpou, Oslo

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
SPONSORED BY TONIC THEATRE

  • Denise Gough, Angels in America
  • Imogen Poots, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Jessica Brown Findlay, Hamlet
  • Juliet Stevenson, Hamlet
  • Sheila Atim, Girl from the North Country

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

  • Chris Howell, 42nd Street
  • Dex Lee , Five Guys Named Moe
  • George Sampson, Our House
  • Rob Fowler, Bat Out of Hell
  • Ross Noble, Young Frankenstein

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
SPONSORED BY NEWMAN DISPLAYS

  • Clare Halse, 42nd Street
  • Danielle Steers, Bat Out of Hell
  • Lucie Shorthouse, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  • Tracie Bennett, Follies
  • Zoe Rainey, An American in Paris

BEST NEW PLAY
SPONSORED BY JHI MARKETING

  • Gloria
  • Ink
  • Labour of Love
  • Oslo
  • The Ferryman

BEST NEW MUSICAL
SPONSORED BY SHINE CREATIVE SOLUTIONS

  • Bat Out of Hell
  • Cilla the Musical
  • Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  • The Band
  • Young Frankenstein

BEST PLAY REVIVAL

  • Angels in America
  • Don Juan in Soho
  • Hamlet
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Witness for the Prosecution

BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
SPONSORED BY R&H THEATRICALS

  • 42nd Street
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Five Guys Named Moe
  • Follies
  • Hair
BEST DIRECTION

  • Dominic Cooke, Follies
  • Jay Scheib, Bat Out of Hell
  • Marianne Elliott , Angels in America
  • Robert Icke, Hamlet
  • Sam Mendes, The Ferryman

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

  • Andrew Wright, Five Guys Named Moe
  • Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris
  • Drew McOnie, On the Town
  • Fabian Aloise, Our House
  • Randy Skinner, 42nd Street

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
  • Gary McCann, La Cage Aux Folles
  • Peter McKintosh, On the Town
  • Roger Kirk, 42nd Street
  • Vicki Mortimer, Follies

BEST SET DESIGN

  • Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
  • Bunny Christie, Ink
  • Douglas W Schmidt, 42nd Street
  • Jon Bausor, Bat Out of Hell
  • Vicki Mortimer, Follies

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
SPONSORED BY WHITE LIGHT

  • Natasha Katz, An American in Paris
  • Patrick Woodroffe, Bat Out of Hell
  • Paule Constable, Angels in America
  • Paule Constable, Follies
  • Peter Mumford, 42nd Street

BEST VIDEO DESIGN
SPONSORED BY PRG XL VIDEO

  • 59 Productions, An American in Paris
  • Duncan McLean, Big Fish
  • Duncan McLean, Labour of Love
  • Tal Yarden, Hamlet
  • Tal Yarden, Network

BEST OFF-WEST END PRODUCTION
SPONSORED BY LES MISERABLES

  • Hair
  • La Ronde
  • The Wild Party
  • Working
  • Yank!

BEST REGIONAL PRODUCTION
SPONSORED BY MTI EUROPE

  • Our House
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • The Addams Family
  • The Band
  • The Hypocrite

BEST ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING
SPONSORED BY ENCORE RADIO

  • Dear Evan Hansen
  • Dreamgirls
  • Girl from the North Country
  • Hamilton
  • Les Miserables

BEST SHOW POSTER

  • Cats
  • Hamilton
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Wicked

BEST WEST END SHOW
SPONSORED BY JOE ALLEN

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Kinky Boots
  • Les Miserables
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Wicked

Past winners

Nicole Kidman<br><span class="acred">Best Actress in a Play, 2016</span>

“Thank you to WhatsOnStage and everybody that voted for me, this is so appreciated. Mwah!”

- Nicole Kidman
Best Actress in a Play, 2016
Dame Judi Dench<br><span class="acred">Best Supporting Actress in a Play, 2016</span>

“I’m very, very pleased to get this very beautiful award from WhatsOnStage, thank you to you and to everybody who voted.”

- Dame Judi Dench
Best Supporting Actress in a Play, 2016
Benedict Cumberbatch<br><span class="acred">Best Actor in a Play, 2016</span>

“I’m so thrilled to get a WhatsOnStage Award, it means so much for many, many reasons… I can’t express to you how much this means to me.”

- Benedict Cumberbatch
Best Actor in a Play, 2016
Daniel Radcliffe<br><span class="acred">Best Actor in a Play, 2014</span>

“I am deeply honoured to receive this prestigious award… a truly joyous experience for me as an actor.”

- Daniel Radcliffe
Best Actor in a Play, 2014
Dame Helen Mirren<br><span class="acred">Best Actress in a Play, 2014</span>

“I’m so thrilled to receive this. I’m honoured that it was voted for by the public – that’s the most wonderful thing.”

- Dame Helen Mirren
Best Actress in a Play, 2014
Tom Hiddleston<br><span class="acred">Best Play Revival, 2015</span>

“The fact that this was voted for by the audiences means a great deal to me.”

- Tom Hiddleston
Best Play Revival, 2015
Sir Cameron Mackintosh<br><span class="acred">Best West End Show, 2015</span>

“These awards have become the most fun of the theatrical calendar.”

- Sir Cameron Mackintosh
Best West End Show, 2015
Sonia Friedman<br><span class="acred">Best New Play, 2015</span>

“It’s the most important award there is because if the people support you, you know you’re getting something right.”

- Sonia Friedman
Best New Play, 2015
James Corden<br><span class="acred">Best Actor in a Play, 2012</span>

“The audience really are the heartbeat of British theatre. Without them there is nothing, so it’s vitally important that the WhatsOnStage Awards exist.”

- James Corden
Best Actor in a Play, 2012

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