Now in their 16th year, the South Bank Awards will be hosted as ever by Melvyn Bragg, and presented in a ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel on 1 May 2012, broadcast on television channel Sky Arts.
Broadcaster ITV’s cancellation of the long-running television arts programme in 2010 sparked fears that the Awards would also be cancelled, but Sky Arts stepped in to revive the event, and the Awards were presented on the channel for the first time in 2011.
In addition to theatre, the South Bank Awards cover classical music, comedy, dance, film, literature, opera, pop music, TV drama and visual arts.
One audience-voted category, run in conjunction with The Times newspaper, is the Breakthrough Award, for which one artist is nominated from each art form.
Stage regular Jessica Raine is also competing for the Breakthrough Award for her recent television drama role in the BBC's Call the Midwife.