The shortlists across 26 different award categories have been 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.
This year, Kim Cattrall, Zoë Wanamaker, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tamzin Outhwaite, David Suchet, Rory Kinnear, Matthew Macfadyen, Sheridan Smith and husband and wife Lee Mead and Denise Van Outen will be among those battling it out for acting gongs.
In the battle of the big musicals, Legally Blonde, starring Sheridan Smith, leads the way with seven nominations (including a nod for Smith as Best Actress in a Musical). Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies and Sweet Charity, which transferred to the West End earlier this year, each receive six nominations with Love Never Dies and Sweet Charity leads, Sierra Boggess and Tamzin Outhwaite, pitted against Smith for Best Actress in a Musical. Waving the flag for plays is All My Sons, also with six nominations, including Best Actress and Actor in a Play for Zoe Wanamaker and David Suchet.
Suchet will face tough competition in the Best Actor in a Play category as Rory Kinnear will hope to follow his success at this year’s Evening Standard Awards for his portrayal of Hamlet. Also nominated are current Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch (After the Dance), Matthew Macfadyen (Private Lives), Simon Russell Beale (Deathtrap and London Assurance) and Toby Stephens (The Real Thing). In the Best Actress in a Play prize group, alongside Zoë Wanamaker, Sex and the City’s Kim Cattrall is nominated for her portrayal of Amanda in Noel Coward’s Private Lives. Also nominated are Helen McCrory (The Late Middle Classes), Jenny Jules (Ruined), Nancy Carroll (After the Dance) and Tracie Bennett (End of the Rainbow).
Stage stars and husband and wife Lee Mead and Denise Van Outen will go head to head to be win Best Takeover in a Role, for Wicked and Legally Blonde respectively. Van Outen will also be challenged by Rachel Tucker, also currently in Wicked, who took part in the BBC’s I’d Do Anything on which Denise was a panellist. Best Supporting Actress in a Musical is another family affair with sisters Scarlett and Summer Strallen battling it out with Hannah Waddingham, Jill Halfpenny, Josefina Gabrielle and Rosalie Craig for theatregoers’ votes.
Strictly dance partners Ali Bastian and Brian Fortuna will contest the Award for London Newcomer of the Year for their debut in hit dance show Burn the Floor, along with 18 year-old playwright Anya Reiss (Spur of the Moment), former Skins’ actor Daniel Kaluuya (Sucker Punch), Jacob Casselden (Tribes), Glee’s Jonathan Groff (Deathtrap) and Robyn Addison (The Rivals).
In its 25th anniversary year Les Misérables shows that its longevity is no accident, receiving 5 nominations, including Theatre Event of the Year for the O2 concert and Best West End Show, a category for longer running productions launched last year for the 10th birthday of the awards.
Voting continues until the end of January. Results are announced and awards presented in front of a live audience of theatregoer voters at our Winners’ Concert on Sunday 20 February 2011 at the West End’s Prince of Wales Theatre.
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THE FULL LIST OF 2010/11 NOMINATIONS
The SPOTLIGHT Best Actress in a Play
The SPOTLIGHT Best Actor in a Play
Best Supporting Actress in a Play
Best Supporting Actor in a Play
The BABY GRAND Best Actress in a Musical
The EMG Best Actor in a Musical
The NURSING STANDARD Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical
Best Ensemble Performance
The CAPITAL BREAKS Best Solo Performance
The TAKE ONE MEDIA Best Takeover in a Role
The OBERON BOOKS Best New Play
Best New Comedy
The SEE TICKETS Best New Musical
The RADISSON EDWARDIAN Best Play Revival
The AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP Best Musical Revival
The SHAKESPEARE 4 KIDZ Best Shakespearean Production
The LAST SECOND TICKETS Best Director
Best Set Designer
The WHITE LIGHT Best Lighting Designer
The DEWYNTERS London Newcomer of the Year
The LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE Best Off-West End Production
Best Regional Production
The EQUITY Best West End Show
The AKA Theatre Event of the Year
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