The Whatsonstage.com Awards are the only major UK theatre prize-giving event decided by the public, with shortlists across 26 different award categories drawn up based on nominations submitted by theatregoers over the past month. More than 7,000 people took part in the initial phase of the judging campaign this year, marking another new record in the 11 years of the Awards.
For the full list of 2011 nominations
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Our guest presenters helping us announce the shortlists were: When We Are Married’s Maureen Lipman and Roy Hudd; Malcolm Sinclair, president of actors’ union Equity, one of this year’s sponsors; Whatsonstage.com chief critic Michael Coveney; and, speaking on behalf of this year’s adopted charity The Theatrical Guild, Deathtrap and London Assurance star Simon Russell Beale.
There were also live musical performances by: Legally Blonde star – and previous two-time Whatsonstage.com Awards host - Sheridan Smith; Anna Francolini, giving one of London’s last tributes to Stephen Sondheim in his 80th birthday year; and Flashdance’s rock ‘n’ roll-loving divas Charlotte Harwood, Hannah Levane and Twinnielee Moore.