More than 1,100 real theatregoers took part in determining the shortlisted contenders across 20 awards categories including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best New Musical, Best New Play and the newly established Planet Hollywood Theatre Event of the Year.
Amongst the tight races now shaping up:
Voting for the final winners of the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Awards commences from Monday 2 December 2002 and continues through December and January with winners announced in February 2003. Each week over the next two months, a different awards field will be highlighted on the site.
Amongst those actors who attended the first-ever Whatsonstage.com Awards launch party were: Alison Pargeter, Barnaby Kay, Brenda Blethyn, Catherine Walsh, Charlotte Randle, Clive Rowe, Craig Purnell, David Tennant, Don Wycherley, Euan Morton, Guy Henry, Hannah Jane Fox, Harriet Walter, Jacqueline King, Joanna Riding, Julian Clary, Kerry Ellis, Leigh Zimmerman, Michael Praed, Narinder Kaur, Nick Moran, Oliver Tobias, Owen Teale, Paul Baker, Peter Blythe, Philip Quast, Raj Ghatak, Rebecca Hall, Sharon D Clarke and Wayne Sleep.
THE FULL LIST OF 2003 NOMINATIONS
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL:
(Special mention from an existing production: Joanna Riding - My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane)
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL:
(Special mention from an existing production: Marti Pellow - Chicago at the Adelphi)
BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL:
BEST SOLO PERFORMANCE:
BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE:
BEST SET DESIGNER:
BEST SHAKESPEAREAN PRODUCTION:
BEST PLAY REVIVAL:
BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL:
BEST NEW PLAY:
BEST NEW COMEDY:
BEST NEW MUSICAL:
LONDON NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR:
THE PLANET HOLLYWOOD THEATRE EVENT OF THE YEAR: