Nominations announced for 18th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards

Date: 1 Dec 2017

At a ceremony held today at London’s Café de Paris, Aladdin’s Trevor Dion Nicholas announced the nominees for the 18th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards, the only major theatre awards decided entirely by the theatregoers themselves. The announcement of the nominations marks the opening of the final voting stage which closes 31 January, with the winners announced at the annual Awards ceremony held on 25 February 2018 at the Prince of Wales Theatre.

WhatsOnStage’s Chief Operating Officer, Sita McIntosh, said today “How wonderful to see such a range of shows in this year’s nominations, shows which have inspired and continue to inspire audiences up and down the country. It’s truly fantastic that in this robust year for superb musical revivals and exciting new British musicals, productions such as Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Bat Out of Hell, 42nd Street and Follies all have such strong standing on the nominations list.

And to have British plays such as Jez Butterworth’s astounding The Ferryman and James Graham’s two excellent new works alongside American stars such as Oslo and Gloria is delightful. Isn’t it also fabulous to see work originating outside London getting a strong place on the list too – The Band, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Cilla the Musical, Young Frankenstein, are just some of the shows recognised which began outside the capital.

We had a huge number of submissions for the nominations this year and I’m heartened to witness just how engaged our audiences are and how much love they have for the shows they have seen over the last year. It’s a demonstration of the fact that the UK theatre landscape is speaking to more and more people, just as it should be. The WhatsOnStage Awards are a true indication of what the public enjoy at the theatre. ”

This year is a stand-out year for musicals with 42nd Street and Bat Out of Hell securing eight nominations each, leading 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. 

Sherlock co-stars go head to head for Best Actor in a Play with Andrew Scott (Hamlet) taking on Martin Freeman (Labour of Love), also in the running are Andrew Garfield (Angels in America), Bryan Cranston (Network) and David Tennant (Don Juan in Soho).

The musical categories are all to play for this year. Bat Out of Hell dominates with eight nominations including Best New Musical where they will compete with new British musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie who have obtained four nominations.

Competition is rife between comrades across the Best Supporting Actor category with Nathan Lane and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett going head to head for their roles in Angels in America amongst Adrian Scarborough (Don Juan in Soho), Peter Polycarpou (Oslo), and Fra Fee (The Ferryman). Jessica Brown Findlay and Juliet Stevenson vie for the Best Supporting Actress award for their roles inHamlet against Denise Gough (Angels in America)Imogen Poots (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) and Sheila Atim (Girl from the North Country)

James Graham leads the Best New Play category with two nominations for critically acclaimed Labour of Love and Ink alongside GloriaOslo and The Ferryman. For Best Play Revival Angels in America will take on Witness for the Prosecution, Don Juan in Soho, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Hamlet. Fighting for top honours in Best West End Show are Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Kinky Boots, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. 

Hair also makes the shortlist for Best Off-West End Production, up against La Ronde, The Wild Party, Working the Musical and Yank the Musical; The Band hopes to ‘Take That’ prize for Best Regional Production up against Our House, Sunset Boulevard, The Hypocrite and The Addams Family.

Two new categories have been introduced this year – Best Original Cast Recording will see Hamilton pitted against long running fan favourite Les Miserables 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. 

Performances at the event included The Feeling’s front man Dan Gillespie Sells performing the title song from Everybody’s Talking About Jamie which is currently running at the Apollo Theatre until April 2018.

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/www.whatsonstage.com

THE 18TH ANNUAL WHATSONSTAGE AWARDS NOMINEES IN FULL:

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY SPONSORED BY RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN

  • Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
  • Andrew Scott, Hamlet
  • Bryan Cranston, Network
  • David Tennant, Don Juan in Soho
  • Martin Freeman, Labour of Love

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY

  • Eve Best, Love in Idleness
  • Imelda Staunton, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Olivia Colman, Mosquitoes
  • Natalie Dormer, Venus in Fur
  • Tamsin Greig, Labour of Love

 

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL SPONSORED BY THE UMBRELLA ROOMS

  • Andrew Polec, Bat Out of Hell
  • Danny Mac, Sunset Boulevard
  • Hadley Fraser, Young Frankenstein
  • John McCrea, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  • Tom Lister, 42nd Street

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL SPONSORED BY 100 WARDOUR ST

  • Carrie Hope Fletcher, The Addams Family
  • Christina Bennington, Bat Out of Hell
  • Janie Dee, Follies
  • Josie Walker, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  • Ria Jones, Sunset Boulevard

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY

  • Adrian Scarborough, Don Juan in Soho
  • Fra Fee, The Ferryman
  • Nathan Lane, Angels in America
  • Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Angels in America
  • Peter Polycarpou, Oslo

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY SPONSORED BY TONIC THEATRE

  • Denise Gough, Angels in America
  • Imogen Poots, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Jessica Brown Findlay, Hamlet
  • Juliet Stevenson, Hamlet
  • Sheila Atim, Girl from the North Country

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

  • Chris Howell, 42nd Street
  • Dex Lee , Five Guys Named Moe
  • George Sampson, Our House
  • Rob Fowler, Bat Out of Hell
  • Ross Noble, Young Frankenstein

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL SPONSORED BY NEWMAN DISPLAYS

  • Clare Halse, 42nd Street
  • Danielle Steers, Bat Out of Hell
  • Lucie Shorthouse, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  • Tracie Bennett, Follies
  • Zoe Rainey, An American in Paris

 

BEST NEW PLAY SPONSORED BY JHI MARKETING

  • Gloria
  • Ink
  • Labour of Love
  • Oslo
  • The Ferryman

 

BEST NEW MUSICAL SPONSORED BY SHINE CREATIVE SOLUTIONS

  • Bat Out of Hell
  • Cilla the Musical
  • Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  • The Band
  • Young Frankenstein

 

 

BEST PLAY REVIVAL

  • Angels in America
  • Don Juan in Soho
  • Hamlet
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Witness for the Prosecution

 

BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL SPONSORED BY R&H THEATRICALS

  • 42nd Street
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Five Guys Named Moe
  • Follies
  • Hair

 

BEST DIRECTION

  • Dominic Cooke, Follies
  • Jay Scheib, Bat Out of Hell
  • Marianne Elliott                , Angels in America
  • Robert Icke, Hamlet
  • Sam Mendes, The Ferryman

 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

  • Andrew Wright, Five Guys Named Moe
  • Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris
  • Drew McOnie, On the Town
  • Fabian Aloise, Our House
  • Randy Skinner, 42nd Street

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
  • Gary McCann, La Cage Aux Folles
  • Peter McKintosh, On the Town
  • Roger Kirk, 42nd Street
  • Vicki Mortimer, Follies

 

BEST SET DESIGN 

  • Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
  • Bunny Christie, Ink
  • Douglas W. Schmidt, 42nd Street
  • Jon Bausor, Bat Out of Hell
  • Vicki Mortimer, Follies

 

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN  SPONSORED BY WHITE LIGHT

  • Natasha Katz, An American in Paris
  • Patrick Woodroffe, Bat Out of Hell
  • Paule Constable, Angels in America
  • Paule Constable, Follies
  • Peter Mumford, 42nd Street

 

 

 

BEST VIDEO DESIGN SPONSORED BY PRG XL VIDEO

  • 59 Productions, An American in Paris
  • Duncan McLean , Big Fish
  • Duncan McLean , Labour of Love
  • Tal Yarden, Hamlet
  • Tal Yarden, Network

 

BEST OFF-WEST END PRODUCTION SPONSORED BY LES MISERABLES

  • Hair
  • La Ronde
  • The Wild Party
  • Working the Musical
  • Yank the Musical

 

BEST REGIONAL PRODUCTION SPONSORED BY MTI EUROPE

  • Our House
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • The Addams Family
  • The Band
  • The Hypocrite

 

BEST ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING SPONSORED BY ENCORE RADIO

  • Dear Evan Hansen
  • Dreamgirls
  • Girl from the North Country
  • Hamilton
  • Les Miserables

 

BEST SHOW POSTER

  • Cats
  • Hamilton
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Wicked

 

BEST WEST END SHOW SPONSORED BY JOE ALLEN

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Kinky Boots
  • Les Miserables
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Wicked

 

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