In this, our sixth annual public-voted awards, more than 1,000 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 as well as less conventional categories like Best Ensemble Performance, Best Off-West End Production, Best Regional Production and the Planet Hollywood Theatre Event of the Year.
Amongst some of this year's headline nominations:
The awards presentation finished with a happy birthday toast to three theatrical legends – playwright Harold Pinter, director Sir Peter Hall and American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim – all of whom turned 75 this year. Amongst some of the stage stars who were in attendance to raise their glasses were: Alan Rickman, Jane Krakowski, Jenna Russell, Suranne Jones, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Daldry, Sheila Hancock, Haydn Gwynne, Tim Healy, Anthony Head, Gary Kemp, David Soul, Lesley Manville, John Gordon Sinclair, Claire Price, Rosemary Ashe, Amanda Drew, Peter Wight, Charlotte Emmerson, Una Stubbs, Jefferson Mays, Martyn Ellis, Rolf Saxon, Clint Dyer, Saskia Reeve, Jenny Agutter, Michelle Ryan, Toby Young, Rhashan Stone, Olivia Williams, Charlotte Randle, Daniel Kramer, Earl Carpenter, Clint Dyer, Joseph Millson, Rebecca Johnson, Liza Sadovy, Giles Terera, Michael O'biora, Jason Pennycooke, Laura Wade, Roger Lloyd Pack, Robert Delamere, Sara Crowe, Scarlet Strallen, Sean Foley, Tamara Harvey, Peter Quilter, Lucy Bailey, Ian Gelder, Alistair Petrie, Richard Baron, Melly Still, Amelia Bullmore, Andrea Riseborough, Mike Bradwell, David Lan, Sally Ann Triplett and Charles Aitken.
Voting for the final winners of the 2005/6 Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Awards commences from tomorrow, Thursday 1 December 2005 and continues through December and January with winners announced online simultaneously with the live Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards ceremony – a demonstration of the spectrum of popular and critical opinion – at midday on 31 January 2006. Each week over the next two months, a different awards field will be highlighted on the site.
Every registered voter will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a luxury three-day theatre break for two, courtesy of one of our sponsors, Superbreak. What’s more, every voter will also receive a £20 voucher to redeem against any Superbreak purchase on www.superbreak.com.
THE FULL LIST OF 2005/6 NOMINATIONS
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL:
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL:
BEST SET DESIGNER:
BEST SOLO PERFORMANCE:
BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE:
BEST OFF-WEST END PRODUCTION:
BEST REGIONAL OR TOURING PRODUCTION:
THE Ms LONDON NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR:
BEST TAKEOVER IN A ROLE:
BEST NEW COMEDY:
BEST SHAKESPEAREAN PRODUCTION:
THE SAMUEL FRENCH BEST PLAY REVIVAL:
BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL:
THE LONDON CALLING BEST DIRECTOR:
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL:
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL:
BEST NEW PLAY:
THE SUPERBREAK BEST NEW MUSICAL:
THE PLANET HOLLYWOOD THEATRE EVENT OF THE YEAR: