Rufus Hound and Mel Giedroyc will host the 2013 Whatsonstage.com Awards Concert, which takes place at the West End's Palace Theatre on Sunday 17 February 2013.
Hound is soon to make his West End debut taking over as Francis Henshall in Richard Bean's Whatsonstage.com Award-winning hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, while Great British Bake Off star Giedroyc returns having co-hosted the 2010 Awards Concert.
The Concert has become one of the highlights of the theatregoing calendar. An unmissable night with lots of glitz, glamour and fun and a chance for you, the theatregoer voter, to take part in the culmination of the only major theatre accolades decided across the board by the public.
The evening includes a two-and-a-half hour Concert performed by numerous nominees and other top West End stars as well as numbers from some of the year's biggest musicals - and of course, your big-name winners collecting their trophies to your cheers.
Proceedings are overseen by a team of celebrity hosts, who have included Alan Davies, Sheridan Smith, Christopher Biggins, Miranda Hart, Jenny Eclair and James Corden in recent years. And we're absolutely delighted that Rufus Hound and Mel Giedroyc will now continue the tradition of hilarious co-hosts.
Hound - who follows in previous Awards host James Corden's footsteps as Francis Henshall - is an award-winning comedian and actor. 2012 saw him cross over from comic to actor as he took the lead in the hit British comedy The Wedding Video alongside Robert Webb, Lucy Punch, Miriam Margoyles and Harriet Walter and make his theatre debut in Soho Theatre’s original production of Utopia opposite Sophia Myles.
He made appearances in Keith Lemon: The Movie as well as My Big Fat Gypsy Gangster playing the role of Sean, and the second series of Sky’s hit comedy A Touch of Cloth. Previously best known for his appearances on Celebrity Juice, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Argumental, Hound also starred in the comedy series Hounded for BBC1. And let us not forget that, as a professional dancer, Hound is an award-winning Cheryl Cole impersonator…
Giedroyc hosted the riotous 2010 Awards Concert, a sell-out at the Prince of Wales Theatre. No stranger to the stage, her credits include Eurovision musical Eurobeat and hit comedy New Boy, and she's about to star as the Wicked Stepmother in the Lyric Hammersmith's Cinderella. She's familiar to millions of TV audiences for her long-running comedy partnership with Sue Perkins, with whom she presents everybody's favourite cake-based reality show The Great British Bake Off.
The Awards Concert is directed and devised by Russell Labey and produced by Stuart Piper and Jason Haigh-Ellery on behalf of Whatsonstage.com. As with next month's Launch Party, the Concert is held in aid of this year’s adopted charity, Interact (part of Stagecoach Charitable Trust), which provides disabled and disadvantaged children and young people with real opportunities to develop valuable skills for life through drama, movement and music workshops.
Theatregoer sponsors not only get tickets to the Awards Concert as part of their sponsorship package but can also attend the Launch Party on 7 December 2012. For full details on being a Theatregoer Sponsor, click here.
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