Photos: More Pics of WOS Awards 10th BirthdayDate: 9 December 2009
Last week, many stars from theatreland helped us celebrate the 10th birthday of the Whatsonstage.com Awards at London's Cafe de Paris. And just for good measure, here are some additional snaps from the event, at which we announced the nominees for this year's awards (See News, 4 Dec 2009).
Entertainment & charity
Guest presenters on hand to help announce the 2010 Awards shortlists were the Broadway stars of the just-opened revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad and Sanaa Lathan; and, speaking on behalf of Masterclass, was Jeremy Irons. There were also live musical performances from Sister Act star – and this year’s only two-time nominee, for Best Actress in a Musical and London Newcomer of the Year - Patina Miller (singing “Fabulous, Baby” from the show) as well as the cast of Christmas with The Rat Pack and Jest End, performing a sketch medley for the tenth birthday of the Whatsonstage.com Awards. Ryan Molloy, Glenn Carter and Philip Bulcock from Jersey Boys, big winners at the 2009 Awards, took to the stage to cut the tenth birthday cake.
Friday’s Launch Party was held in aid of this year’s adopted charity, Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass, which gives young people the chance to learn from and be inspired by leading artists (See News, 29 Sep 2009). Set up by the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 1998, the hugely successful Masterclass programme has now welcomed over 40,000 people aged 17-30. Events are given free of charge and occur at least one Friday a month throughout the year, focusing on all aspects of theatre from acting and directing to writing and producing.
Though Masterclass events are designed for those at the start of their careers, theatregoers and others, of whatever age, are also welcome. The Masterclass Benefactor scheme (priced £55 per annum – reduced to £45 for members of the Whatsonstage.com Theatre Club) has been set up for this purpose. It includes: access to over 12 events a year, an annual friends’ party and special ticket offers for Theatre Royal Haymarket productions. Details can be found at www.masterclass.org.uk.
For more information on the charity and our corporate sponsors in relation to the Awards, please visit our awards microsite later this week.
Voting continues until 31 January. Winners are announced and trophies presented at the 2010 Whatsonstage.com Awards Concert, held in front of an audience of theatregoer voters at the West End’s Prince of Wales Theatre on Sunday 14 February at 7pm. Tickets for the concert range from £20 to £42.50 and are on sale now! To book tickets for the Awards Concert, call 0844 482 5133 or book online at www.whatsonstage.com/concert.
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