Full List: Whatsonstage.com Awards Nominees Announced
Date: 2 December 2011
The shortlist of nominations for the 12th annual Whatsonstage.com Awards are revealed today (Friday 2nd December) at a star-studded launch party at London’s Café de Paris.
The Awards from the UK’s leading theatre website are the only UK event for the theatre industry voted for purely by the ticket-buying public. More than 11,000 theatregoers have cast nominations for their favourite performances and productions across 26 different award categories.
A major year for musicals
In the battle of the big musicals, screen-to-stager Ghost the Musical goes head-to-head with the RSC’s musical adaptation of Matilda, which opened in the West End after a sell-out season at Stratford-upon-Avon, with both grabbing nine nominations each.
In addition to competing for the Best New Musical, the shows’ stars are running neck and neck in all the musical performance categories: Best Actor in a Musical (Ghost’s Richard Fleeshman vs Matilda’s Bertie Carvel), Best Actress in a Musical (Caissie Levy vs the four young girls who alternate as Matilda), Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (Andrew Langtree vs Paul Kaye) and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Sharon D Clarke vs Lauren Ward).
The two blockbusters share key members of their creative teams with Matthew Warchus (Best Director) and Rob Howell (Best Designer) duly nominated for their work on both productions. Matilda’s composer and lyricist, comedian Tim Minchin, is also singled out for London Newcomer of the Year for his musical debut.
Several of the year’s other big musicals are also nominated, including Crazy for You, Betty Blue Eyes (with six apiece), Rock of Ages, Shrek the Musical (with five apiece) and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Wizard of Oz (with four).
Also in the running for Best Actress in a Musical are: Amanda Holden (Shrek), Clare Foster (Crazy for You), Emma Williams (Love Story) and Sarah Lancashire (Betty Blue Eyes). Additional Best Actor in a Musical nominees are: Nigel Lindsay (Shrek), Oliver Tompsett (Rock of Ages), Reece Shearsmith (Betty Blue Eyes) and Sean Palmer (Crazy for You).
Les Miserables, which won three awards in the 2011 Awards for its 25th anniversary celebrations, receives three nominations for the 2012 Awards: co-stars Alfie Boe and Matt Lucas (who reprised their O2 birthday gala performances in a limited West End season this year) compete for Best Takeover in a Role, and the Cameron Mackintosh production battles other long-runners Jersey Boys, The Phantom of the Opera, War Horse, We Will Rock You and Wicked for Best West End Show bragging rights.
The play’s the thing
Waving the flag for big-hitter plays are the Donmar Warehouse’s revival of Anna Christie and the National’s One Man, Two Guvnors, with five nods each. One Man’s James Corden (a two-time host of the Whatsonstage.com Awards in 2008 and 2009) and Anna Christie’s Jude Law are both nominated for Best Actor in a Play, one of this year’s toughest fields, where the other nominees are Benedict Cumberbatch (Frankenstein), Kevin Spacey (Richard III), David Tennant (Much Ado About Nothing, Wyndham’s) and James Earl Jones (Driving Miss Daisy).
One Man, Two Guvnors is also tipped for Best New Comedy and earns nominations elsewhere for Jemima Rooper (Best Supporting Actress), Oliver Chris (Best Supporting Actor) and Nicholas Hytner (Best Director). And Anna Christie is shortlisted for Best Play Revival and Best Supporting Actor (David Hayman), while its leading lady Ruth Wilson faces stiff competition from Eve Best (Much Ado About Nothing, Globe), Kristin Scott Thomas (Betrayal), Samantha Spiro (Chicken Soup with Barley), Vanessa Redgrave (Driving Miss Daisy) and Tamsin Greig (Jumpy), who won this past year’s Whatsonstage.com Best Supporting Actress prize for The Little Dog Laughed.
Richard Bean (One Man Two Guvnors and The Heretic) is one of two playwrights nominated in two different categories. His Royal Court play, The Heretic, is up for Best New Play, competing with Grief, the latest stage play by Mike Leigh, whose Hampstead production of his 1976 play Ecstasy is shortlisted for Best Play Revival.
Sheridan Smith, who last year won the Whatsonstage.com and Olivier Best Actress in a Musical gongs for Legally Blonde, is nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Play for Flare Path. Hers is one of four nods for Flare Path, including Best Play Revival and Best Director for Trevor Nunn, who has overseen this year’s full in-house programme at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and is jointly nominated for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
Big names, big events
This summer’s West End production of Much Ado About Nothing, reuniting Doctor Who’s David Tennant and Catherine Tate, caused such a stir that it has been nominated for Theatre Event of the Year, as well as Best Director (for Donmar Warehouse artistic director-in-waiting Josie Rourke) and Best Actor for Tennant. The 1980s-set Much Ado battles it out with Jeremy Herrin’s period production of the same play (and opened just a week earlier) at the Globe for Best Shakespearean Production.
The always-eclectic Theatre Event of the Year category also pays tribute to the RSC’s 50th anniversary season and reopening of its Royal Shakespeare Theatre home after a four-year, £112 million makeover. Other events in the running are: the Bush Theatre’s 24-hour cycle of 66 Books, Michael Sheen and Bill Mitchell’s The Passion for the National Theatre of Wales, Headlong’s 9/11 milestone Decade and The Phantom of the Opera’s 25th anniversary spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall.
The London Newcomer of the Year shortlist fields wide-ranging nominees from across plays and musicals. In addition to Tim Minchin for Matilda, there is Danielle Hope (The Wizard of Oz), X Factor winner Shayne Ward (Rock of Ages), musician-turned-actor Johnny Flynn (The Heretic), former EastEnder-cum-Strictly Come Dancing victor Kara Tointon (Pygmalion) and Kyle Soller (The Glass Menagerie, Government Inspector and The Faith Machine).
Other big names on this year’s shortlists include: Danny Boyle (nominated for Best Director for his return to the stage with Frankenstein), Catherine Tate (Best Supporting Actress for Season’s Greetings), Mark Gatiss (Best Supporting Actor for Season’s Greetings), Doon Mackichan (Best Supporting Actress for Jumpy), Niamh Cusack (Best Supporting Actress for Playboy of the Western World), Tara Fitzgerald (Best Takeover in a Role, Broken Glass) and outgoing Donmar boss Michael Grandage (Best Director for King Lear and Luise Miller).
Scores on the doors, next steps
Venue-wise, for another year, the National Theatre leads the shortlists with 22 nominations (including the five for One Man, Two Guvnors, four for Frankenstein and two for London Road), followed by the Royal Court with ten, the Donmar Warehouse and the RSC with nine, the Open Air Theatre with seven, the Theatre Royal Haymarket with five, Hampstead Theatre with four and the Old Vic and Shakespeare's Globe with three.
Voting to crown the winners opens on Friday 2 December and will close at the end of January 2012. The winners will be revealed at the Awards Concert on 19 February 2012 at the West End’s Prince of Wales Theatre. Last year more than 46,000 theatregoers voted for their favourites. The Whatsonstage.com Awards are held in association with our 2012 presentation rights sponsor Time Out London in aid of this year’s adopted charity, Stage One, which is dedicated to developing the theatre producers of the future. VOTING OPENS TODAY
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THE FULL LIST OF 2011/12 NOMINATIONS
Best Actress in a PlayEve Best – Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe Kristin Scott Thomas – Betrayal at the Comedy Ruth Wilson – Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse Samantha Spiro – Chicken Soup with Barley at the Royal Court Downstairs Tamsin Greig – Jumpy at the Royal Court Downstairs Vanessa Redgrave – Driving Miss Daisy at Wyndham’s
Best Actor in a PlayBenedict Cumberbatch – Frankenstein at the National, Olivier Jude Law – Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse Kevin Spacey – Richard III at the Old Vic David Tennant – Much Ado About Nothing at Wyndham’s James Earl Jones – Driving Miss Daisy at Wyndham’s James Corden – One Man, Two Guvnors at the National, Olivier & Adelphi
Best Supporting Actress in a PlayBryony Hannah – The Children’s Hour at the Comedy Catherine Tate – Season’s Greetings at the National, Lyttelton Doon Mackichan – Jumpy at the Royal Court Downstairs Jemima Rooper – One Man, Two Guvnors at the National, Olivier & Adelphi Niamh Cusack – Playboy of the Western World at the Old Vic Sheridan Smith – Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Best Supporting Actor in a PlayArthur Darvill – Dr Faustus at Shakespeare’s Globe Charles Edwards – Twelfth Night at the National, Cottesloe David Hayman – Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse Harry Hadden-Paton – Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket Mark Gatiss – Season’s Greetings at the National, Lyttelton Oliver Chris – One Man, Two Guvnors at the National, Olivier & Adelphi
The BABY GRAND Best Actress in a MusicalAmanda Holden – Shrek the Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane Caissie Levy – Ghost the Musical at the Piccadilly Clare Foster – Crazy for You at the Open Air & Novello Emma Williams – Love Story at the Duchess Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram Eleanor Worthington Cox & Sophia Kiely – Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Sarah Lancashire – Betty Blue Eyes at the Novello
The THEATRE TOKENS Best Actor in a MusicalBertie Carvel – Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Nigel Lindsay – Shrek the Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane Oliver Tompsett – Rock of Ages at the Shaftesbury Reece Shearsmith – Betty Blue Eyes at the Novello Richard Fleeshman – Ghost the Musical at the Piccadilly Sean Palmer – Crazy for You at the Open Air & Novello
Best Supporting Actress in a MusicalAnn Emery – Betty Blue Eyes at the Novello Hannah Waddingham – The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium Harriet Thorpe – Crazy for You at the Open Air & Novello Lauren Ward – Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Meow Meow – The Umbrellas of Cherbourg at the Gielgud Sharon D Clarke – Ghost the Musical at the Piccadilly
Best Supporting Actor in a MusicalAndrew Langtree – Ghost the Musical at the Piccadilly Ben Goddard – Million Dollar Quartet at the Noël Coward David Burt – Crazy for You at the Open Air & Novello Nigel Harman – Shrek the Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane Paul Kaye – Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Simon Lipkin – Rock of Ages at the Shaftesbury
The LES MISÈRABLES Best Ensemble PerformanceBackbeat – at the Duke of York’s London Road – at the National, Cottesloe Richard III & The Comedy of Errors – Propeller at Hampstead Some Like It Hip Hop – Sadler’s Wells at the Peacock The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – at the Donmar Warehouse Top Girls – at Trafalgar Studios 1
The JO HUTCHISON INTERNATIONAL Best Solo PerformanceDaniel Kitson – It’s Always Right Now Until It’s Later at the National, Lyttelton John Leguziamo – Ghetto Klown at Charing Cross Kerry Ellis – Anthems at the Royal Albert Hall Ruby Wax – Losing It at the Menier Chocolate Factory & Duchess Simon Callow – Being Shakespeare at Trafalgar Studios 1 Stephanie Street – The Nightwatchman at the National, Paintframe
The SEATLIVE Best Takeover in a RoleAlex Gaumond – We Will Rock You at the Dominion Alfie Boe – Les Misèrables at the Queen’s Kimberley Walsh – Shrek the Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane Matt Lucas – Les Misèrables at the Queen’s Susan McFadden – Legally Blonde at the Savoy Tara Fitzgerald – Broken Glass at the Vaudeville
The NICK HERN BOOKS Best New PlayBelongings by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm – at Hampstead & Trafalgar Studios 2 Collaborators by John Hodge – at the National, Cottesloe Grief by Mike Leigh – at the National, Cottesloe Mogadishu by Vivienne Franzmann – at the Lyric Hammersmith The Heretic by Richard Bean – at the Royal Court Downstairs Three Days in May by Ben Brown – at Trafalgar Studios 1
The EMG Best New ComedyGet Santa! by Anthony Neilson, music by Nick Powell – at the Royal Court Downstairs Jumpy by April de Angelis – at the Royal Court Downstairs No Naughty Bits by Steve Thompson – at Hampstead One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean – at the National, Lyttelton & Adelphi Potted Panto by Daniel Clarkson, Jefferson Turner & Richard Hurst – at the Vaudeville The Village Bike by Penelope Skinner – at the Royal Court Upstairs
The SEE TICKETS Best New MusicalBetty Blue Eyes by George Stiles, Antony Drewe, Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman – at the Novello Ghost the Musical by Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard & Bruce Joel Rubin – at the Piccadilly London Road by Adam Cork & Alecky Blythe – at the National, Cottesloe Matilda the Musical by Tim Minchin & Dennis Kelly – at the Cambridge Rock of Ages by Chris D'Arienzo – at the Shaftesbury Shrek the Musical by Jeanine Tesori & David Lindsay-Abaire – at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The SAMUEL FRENCH Best Play RevivalAnna Christie – at the Donmar Warehouse Chicken Soup with Barley – at the Royal Court Downstairs Driving Miss Daisy – at Wyndham’s Ecstasy – at Hampstead & the Duchess Flare Path – at the Theatre Royal Haymarket Saved – at the Lyric Hammersmith
The RADISSON EDWARDIAN Best Musical RevivalCrazy for You – at the Open Air & Novello Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be – at the Union Parade – at Southwark Playhouse Ragtime – at the Landor South Pacific – at the Barbican The Wizard of Oz – at the London Palladium
Best Shakespearean ProductionHamlet – at the Young Vic King Lear – at the Donmar Warehouse Much Ado About Nothing – at Shakespeare’s Globe Much Ado About Nothing – at Wyndham’s Richard III – at the Old Vic The Tempest – at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
The OAKLEY CAPITAL Best DirectorDanny Boyle – Frankenstein at the National, Olivier Josie Rourke – Much Ado About Nothing at Wyndham’s Matthew Warchus – Ghost the Musical at the Piccadilly & Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Michael Grandage – King Lear & Luise Miller at the Donmar Warehouse Nicholas Hytner – One Man, Two Guvnors at the National, Lyttelton & Adelphi Trevor Nunn – Flare Path & Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Best Set DesignerMark Tildesley – Frankenstein at the National, Olivier Jon Bausor – Lord of the Flies at the Open Air Miriam Buether – Decade at St Katharine’s Docks Paul Wills – Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse Rob Howell – Ghost the Musical at the Piccadilly & Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Robert Jones – The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium
The WHITE LIGHT Best Lighting DesignerBruno Poet – Frankenstein at the National, Olivier Hugh Vanstone – Ghost the Musical at the Piccadilly Mark Henderson – The Kitchen & 13 at the National, Olivier & The Emperor & Galilean at the National, Olivier Neil Austin – Betty Blue Eyes at the Novello Oliver Fenwick – My City at the Almeida Paule Constable – Luise Miller at the Donmar Warehouse
Best ChoreographerAline David – The Kitchen at the National, Olivier Ashley Wallen – Ghost the Musical at the Piccadilly Kate Prince – Some Like It Hip Hop at the Peacock Kelly Devine – Rock of Ages at the Shaftesbury Peter Darling – Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Stephen Mear – Crazy for You at the Open Air & Betty Blue Eyes at the Novello
The DEWYNTERS London Newcomer of the YearDanielle Hope – The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium Johnny Flynn – The Heretic at the Royal Court Downstairs Kara Tointon – Pygmalion at the Garrick Kyle Soller – The Glass Menagerie & Government Inspector at the Young Vic & The Faith Machine at the Royal Court Downstairs Shayne Ward – Rock of Ages at the Shaftesbury Tim Minchin – Matilda at the Cambridge
The TIME OUT Best Off-West End ProductionAccolade – at the Finborough Realism – at Soho The Animals & Children Took to the Streets – at Battersea Arts Centre The Belle’s Stratagem – at Southwark Playhouse The Riots – at the Tricycle Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story – at the Tristan Bates & Charing Cross
The LUCKINGS Best Regional Production20th Century Boy – at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Love Love Love – at the Drum Theatre, Plymouth & on tour Macbeth – at Liverpool Everyman Othello – at Sheffield Crucible Sweeney Todd – at Chichester Festival The Go Between – at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Derby Live & the Royal & Derngate, Northampton
The EQUITY Best West End ShowJersey Boys – at the Prince Edward Les Misérables – at the Queen’s The Phantom of the Opera – at Her Majesty’s War Horse – at the New London We Will Rock You – at the Dominion Wicked – at the Apollo Victoria
The AKA Theatre Event of the YearDavid Tennant & Catherine Tate reuniting on stage in Much Ado About Nothing Headlong’s commemoration of 9/11 with Decade, written by 18 authors & staged in a disused office block at St Katharine’s Dock Michael Sheen & Bill Mitchell's National Theatre of Wales staging of The Passion on the streets of Port Talbot The Bush Theatre’s 24-hour cycle of 66 Books, in response to the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, to open its new Shepherd’s Bush Library home The Phantom of the Opera’s 25th anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall & screened to cinemas worldwide The Royal Shakespeare Company’s 50th anniversary season & reopening of the Royal Shakespeare & Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon Danny Boyle’s return to the stage with Frankenstein and his alternate casting of Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in the leadsDuckie’s Lullaby, the Barbican’s first-ever sleepover show The National’s opening of its Paintframe as a one-off performance space Benefit concert to rescue Dress Circle
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