Trevor Dion Nicholas and Vikki Stone will present the 18th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 25 February. The nominations are currently open to the public and will close on Wednesday 31 January.
Performances from West End shows and stars including Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Bat Out of Hell, Tyrone Huntley, Alice Fearn and Janie Dee, will take place at the ceremony with more to be announced.
This year is a stand-out year for musicals with 42nd Street and Bat Out of Hell leading with eight nominations each, including the Best Musical Revival category and Best New Musical respectively. It is also a strong year for the National Theatre, securing 19 nominations with Angels in America and Follies both scooping up seven, including Best Direction, where they will face The Ferryman, Bat Out of Hell and Hamlet.
Two new categories have been introduced this year – Best Original Cast Recording will see Hamilton pitted against long running fan favourite Les Misérables and newcomer to the West End stage Dreamgirls as well as Dear Evan Hansen and Girl from the North Country. Reflecting the often unsung work that goes into creating a successful brand for a production, Best Show Poster sees last year’s heavyweight Harry Potter and the Cursed Child return to take on iconic productions including Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and Hamilton.
The WhatsOnStage Awards are proud to support Mousetrap Theatre Projects, a charity which takes children and young people who are disadvantaged or have special needs to see London’s outstanding theatre – https://www.mousetrap.org.uk/