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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 Wed 17 November and close on Fri 26 November 2021.
When the nominations close the top 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 Thu 10 December 2021 when voting then opens and runs until Fri 21 January 2022.
*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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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 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.