Who will win in 2020?
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About the WhatsOnStage Awards
Each year thousands of theatregoers up and down the country nominate their favourite performers and shows in a number of categories. Nominations open on Tuesday 29 October and close on Wednesday 27 November 2019.
When the nominations close the top five nominees in each of those categories are put forward for the final vote along with the short-listed nominees in the technical categories*.
The full shortlist of nominees will be announced on Thursday 5 December 2019 when voting then opens and runs until Monday 27 January 2020.
*The shortlist for the technical categories (Choreography, Costume Design, Direction, Graphic Design, Lighting Design, Musical Direction, Set Design, Sound Design and Video Design) will be decided by an independent panel of industry experts appointed by WhatsOnStage. Their shortlist will then be voted on by the general public.
BBC Radio 2 announces partnership with the WhatsOnStage Awards in 2020
The Awards will be broadcast live from the Prince of Wales Theatre on Sunday 1 March on Radio 2 from 7pm to 10pm in a special show, presented by Ken Bruce and Elaine Paige and featuring the first interviews with winners, nominees and special guests.
Radio 2 has also launched the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical and is inviting its listeners to vote for the winner. The award recognises the most popular musical currently playing in a West End theatre that will have played for at least 12 months when the nominations close on Monday 27 January.
Tuesday 29 October 2019 | Nominations Open
Wednesday 6 November 2019 | Tickets go on sale
Wednesday 27 November 2019 at 5pm | Nominations close
Thursday 5 December 2019 | Nominees announced and voting opens
Monday 27 January 2020 at 5pm | Voting closes
Sunday 1 March 2020 | Winners announced at the Awards Ceremony
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. Many performers and productions mobilise their fanbase, so be sure to get involved and spread the word using #WOSAwards.