The WhatsOnStage Awards are the only major theatre awards in which you, the audience, are the judges across all categories. Key dates for the 2016 awards are:
30 October – Nominations open
27 November – Nominations close
3 December – Shortlists announced and voting opens
31 January – Voting closes
21 February – Winners announced at the Awards Concert
Each year, 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 in early December, when voting opens and runs until the end of January.
All professional productions that had their first performance between 1 December 2014 and 27 November 2015 are eligible in 16 of the 20 categories. The 4 exceptions are:
Best West End Show
Any production that was open in a West End venue between 1 December 2014 and 27 November 2015 is eligible.
Best Off-West End Production
Any professional production that was open in an Off West End venue (in central London but not in the West End) between 1 December 2014 and 27 November 2015 is eligible.
Best Regional Production
Any professional production that was open in a venue outside of central London between 1 December 2014 and 27 November 2015 is eligible.
Equity Award for Services to Theatre
This Award acknowledges the hard work that takes place off stage to make productions happen. You can nominate any person that you would like to see recognised for their contribution to the theatre industry. This award will be decided on nominations only; it will not be shortlisted and will not be part of the voting process in December and January.
Nominations and voting
Nominations and votes are limited to one per person and require an email address to maintain integrity of the submission. We do everything we can to ensure fairness across the board and many performers and productions mobilise their fanbase, so be sure to get involved and spread the word using #WOSAwards.