Key Dates

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


You decide

The awards shortlists are drawn up with the help of thousands of theatregoers who log on to nominate their favourites across all awards categories. The shortlists are announced at a launch event held on 1 December when voting opens, then runs until the end of January 2017.

Get involved

We need you to spread the word! Encourage your friends to nominate their favourites on Twitter using #WOSAwards or share your choices on Facebook.

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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