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Nominations Announced For The 16th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards

Today the WhatsOnStage Awards nominations have been announced. Nominees include Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Bradley Cooper and Nicole Kidman. And who else? Find out with our list of all the nominees.

Words: Keziah Leary, Subeditor: Tenelle Ottley-Matthew

A-Lister celebrities fill the nominations line up. Left to right: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kimberly Walsh, Judi Dench, James McAvoy, Peter Davison, Beverly Knight, Bradley Cooper, Nicole Kidman, Mark Gatis. Source: Wikipedia

You’ve been nominating for the past month and now the WhatsOnStage team have announced the nominations for the 16th annual awards. Fingers crossed some of your favourite actors and shows have been nominated, and it is now you’re chance to vote once again, this time for the winners of the awards. To vote you can visit the WhatsOnStage awards website, where you can also buy tickets to the star-studded ceremony which will take place on the 21st February next year. But for now, read on below for all the nominees.


Best Actor in a Play sponsored by Radisson Blu Edwardian:

Benedict Cumberbatch, Hamlet

James McAvoy, The Ruling Class

Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man

Mark Rylance, Farinelli and the King

Alex Hassell, Henry V


Best Actress in a Play:

Nicole Kidman, Photograph 51

Denise Gough, People, Places and Things

Lia Williams, Oresteia

Rosalie Craig, As You Like It

Harriet Walter, Death of a Salesman


Best Actor in a Musical:

Killian Donnelly, Kinky Boots

Michael Ball, Mack and Mabel

Matt Henry, Kinky Boots

Sam Mackay, In the Heights

Ben Forster, Elf the Musical 


Best Actress in a Musical sponsored by STAR:

Imelda Staunton, Gypsy

Beverley Knight, Cats

Kimberley Walsh, Elf the Musical

Lily Frazer, In the Heights

Katie Brayben, Beautiful 


Best Supporting Actor in a Play: 

Ciaran Hinds, Hamlet

Mark Gatiss, Three Days in the Country

Bertie Carvel, Bakkhai

Johnny Flynn, Hangmen

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Hamlet 


Best Supporting Actress in a Play:

Sian Brooke, Hamlet

Anastasia Hille, Hamlet

Imogen Doel, The Importance of Being Earnest

Patsy Ferran, As You Like It

Judi Dench, The Winter’s Tale


Best Supporting Actor in a Musical:

Lucas Rush, American Idiot 

Alexis Gerred, American Idiot

David Bedella, In The Heights

Jack Edwards, Mack and Mabel

Peter Davison, Gypsy


Best Supporting Actress in a Musical:

Lara Pulver, Gypsy 

Jennie Dale, Elf the Musical

Amy Lennox, Kinky Boots

Lauren Samuels, Bend It Like Beckham

Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, In The Heights


Best New Play: 



Photograph 51

People, Places and Things

Farinelli and the King 


Best New Musical sponsored by Autograph:

Kinky Boots 

Bend It Like Beckham

Elf the Musical


In The Heights 


Best Play Revival:


Importance of Being Earnest 

The Ruling Class

Death of a Salesman



Best Musical Revival sponsored by R&H Theatricals Europe:



High Society

Mack and Mabel

American Idiot


Best Direction sponsored by Managed Networks:

Hamlet, Lyndsey Turner

In The Heights, Luke Sheppard

American Idiot, Racky Plews

Kinky Boots, Jerry Mitchell

Gypsy, Jonathan Kent


Best Choreography sponsored by Capezio:

Kinky Boots, Jerry Mitchell

In The Heights, Drew McOnie

High Society, Nathan M Wright

Gypsy, Stephen Mear

American Idiot, Racky Plews


Best Set Design sponsored by Feast Creative: 

Hamlet, Es Devlin

American Idiot, Sara Perks

Kinky Boots, David Rockwell

In The Heights, Takis

Gypsy, Anthony Ward


Best Lighting Design sponsored by White Light:

Hamlet, Jane Cox

In The Heights, Howard Hudson

American Idiot, Tim Deiling

Kinky Boots, Kenneth Posner

Gypsy, Mark Henderson


Best Off-West End Production:

Shock Treatment, King’s Head Theatre

Carrie, Southwark Playhouse

You Won’t Succeed on Broadway If You Don’t Have Any Jews, St James’s Theatre

Grand Hotel, Southwark Playhouse

Assassins, The Menier Chocolate Factory


Best Regional Production sponsored by Travelzoo:

Mack and Mabel, Chichester Festival Theatre and tour

Mary Poppins, tour

Anything Goes, Sheffield Crucible and tour

Hairspray, tour

Henry V, RSC


Best West End Show: 


Les Miserables

Kinky Boots

Miss Saigon