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Huge congratulations to all our nominees and winners! 

We also celebrate the brilliance and resilience of the industry – everyone on-stage, backstage, and off-stage across the UK who makes theatre possible, as well as our wonderful audiences! 

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About the WhatsOnStage Awards

The WhatsOnStage Awards are the only major theatre awards nominated and voted for by the public and each year thousands of theatregoers up and down the country do just this for their favourite performers and shows across a range of categories. 

Now in their 23rd year, they are considered one of the top highlights of the theatrical calendar, celebrating the best of UK theatre. On the night, as well as seeing the winners crowned, attendees also enjoy a host of exclusive live performances from top theatre talent. 

Key dates

  • Wednesday 17 November 2021 - Nominations open
  • Friday 26 November 2021 - Nominations close
  • Thursday 9 December 2021 - Nominees are revealed in an online launch and voting opens
  • Friday 21 January 2021 - Voting closes
  • Sunday 27 February 2022 - Ceremony

Nominations & 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. Many performers and productions mobilise their fanbase, so be sure to get involved and spread the word using #WOSAwards.

Eligibility

All live, original UK professional productions and performers within these productions, whose performances began between 28 November 2019 and 25 November 2021 are eligible in almost all of the categories.

Productions that have been eligible in previous years, plus any performers that have appeared in these productions between 28 November 2019 and 25 November 2021, are not eligible.

There are further rules for three categories:

Best Off-West End Production

Any professional production whose performances began in an Off-West End venue (in London) between 28 November 2019 and 25 November 2021 is eligible.

Best Regional Production

Any professional production whose performances began in a venue outside of Greater London between 28 November 2019 and 25 November 2021 is eligible.

Best West End Show

The award recognises the most popular show currently running in a West End theatre that will have played for at least 12 months up to 21 January 2022. This includes shows that began performances before 28 November 2019.

FAQs

When nominations open on Wed 17 November 2021 voters can choose any person or show that is eligible according to the rules above. When nominations close on Fri 26 November 2021 the top nominees in those categories are short-listed for the final vote. The exceptions to this are the technical categories as the nominees will be chosen by a panel of industry experts.

The nominees will be announced on Thu 9 December 2021 and voting then immediately opens.

The winners of the awards are announced at a star-studded ceremony on Sun 27 February 2022.

The launch will be online only this year and details of how you can tune in will be available shortly.

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Rules

You must be over 16 to nominate/vote.

You must submit a valid email address to nominate/vote.

Nominations/votes are limited to one per person.

All nomination/voting results are tabulated and will be audited to remove fake, duplicate and other invalid votes.

No automatic, programmed or robotic means of nomination/voting are permitted. Any such nominations/votes will be declared invalid and removed.

WhatsOnStage reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend nominations/voting should any virus, bug, non-authorised human intervention, fraud or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the nomination/voting process.

All decisions regarding the nomination/voting process are final and shall not be subject to challenge or appeal.

Nomination process

Nominations are open from Wed 17 November to Fri 26 November 2021. 

You can only nominate once in each available category excluding the individual categories where you will be able to nominate two individuals. 

You do not need to nominate in every category. 

When you are done click the submit button. 

The nominees will be announced on Thu 9 December 2021, when voting opens. 

Voting process

Voting is open from Thu 9 December 2021 to Fri 21 January 2022.

You can only vote once in each category.

You do not need to vote in every category.

When you are done click the submit button.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Sun 27 February 2022.

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