We're down to the final hours in the nominations phase of this year's WhatsOnStage Awards. You have until midnight tomorrow (Saturday 30 November 2013) to put your favourite performances and productions in the running for awards recognition in the original "theatregoers' choice" prize-giving.
We're on target for a record number of submissions, with nearly 70,000 already received across the 27 WhatsOnStage Awards categories, including Best New Musical, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best New Play and Best New Musical as well as less conventional fields such as Best Ensemble Performance, Best Off-West End Production, Theatre Event of the Year, Best West End Show, which applies to all current West End productions, including long-running blockbusters, and just introduced last year, Best Original Music, which specifically acknowledges the work of composers.
The full WhatsOnStage Awards shortlists will be announced on Friday 6 December 2013 at a star-studded lunchtime ceremony at Cafe de Paris in the heart of the West End. All professional productions - from Fringe to the West End – opened in London between 1 December 2012 and 30 November 2013 are eligible for nomination.
Official Charity of the WhatsOnStage Awards
Both the Launch Party and the Awards Ceremony and Concert - which takes place on Sunday 23 February at the West End's Prince of Wales Theatre, home of The Book of Mormon - are held in aid of our adopted charity, The Big Issue Foundation, the charitable organisation which helps The Big Issue'' magazine's homeless vendors take their next steps off the street.
For the price of a pair of theatre tickets, you could buy a year's worth of Big Issues or donate just £10 a month to the charity, to make a real difference in a homeless person's life. To find out more, visit the Official Charity page on the Awards website. Or, to make a monthly or one-off donation now, visit www.bigissue.org.uk .
Get involved, get invited
The Launch Party is an industry-only, by-invitation event. However, a limited number of members of the public can attend by becoming Individual Supporters. Private sponsorship packages - priced £550 VAT - include two invites to the Launch Party at Cafe de Paris as well as VIP tickets and post-show party passes to the Awards Ceremony and Concert at a major West End theatre next February. For more information and to purchase a Theatregoer Sponsorship by Thursday 4 December, click here.
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