The Whatsonstage.com Awards were launched on Friday (3 December 2010) in an event at Cafe de Paris.

As well as performances by Anna Francolini, Sheridan Smith and Flashdance’s rock ‘n’ roll-loving divas Charlotte Harwood, Hannah Levane and Twinnielee Moore speeches were made by Equity president Malcolm Sinclair and, on behalf of the Award's adopted charity The Theatrical Guild,Simon Russell Beale. Editorial director Terri Paddock and chief critic Michael Coveney were joined on stage by When We Are Married stars Maureen Lipman and Roy Hudd to read this year's nominations.

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, this year nominated by over 7000 theatregoers - another new record in the 11 years of the Awards.

Joseph Pike presents a video of over 500 guests, nominees and presenters who braved the snow and attended the launch of our 11th annual Whatsonstage.com Awards.

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The 26 Awards categories include standards such as Best Actor, Best Actress, Best New Play and Best New Musical as well as less conventional fields like Best Ensemble Performance, Best Off-West End Production, Theatre Event of the Year and, introduced for last year’s tenth birthday of the Awards, Best West End Show, covering long-running productions.

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.

Amongst the nominees and other artists from shows opened in 2010 who attended the launch party were: Maureen Lipman, Roy Hudd, Malcolm Sinclair, Simon Russell Beale, Richard Fleeshman, Sheridan Smith, Danielle Hope, Tamzin Outhwaite, Mark Umbers, Sierra Boggess, Ramin Karimloo, Carly Stenson, Summer Strallen, Alan Cox, Samuel Barnett, Nigel Lindsay, Anya Reiss, Norm Lewis, Tracie Bennett, Hannah Waddingham, Danny Dee, Tom Hiddleston, Harry Hadden-Paton, Pandora Clifford, David Dawson, Ryan Molloy, Frances Ruffelle, Jenny Jules, Stuart Piper, Rosemary Ashe, Javier de Frutos, Issy van Randwyck, Annabel Scholey, Tony Gardner, David Suchet, Rupert Goold, Leanne Jones, Meera Syal, Jodie Prenger, Ben Richards, Don Gallagher, Matt Willis, Roy Williams, Simon Burke, Alex Gaumond, Lucian Msamati, Anna Francolini, Nancy Carroll, Jo Stone-Fewings, Stephen Campbell Moore, Cora Bissett, Matthew Pidgeon, Morgan Large, Rachel Tucker, Sharon Small, Jonathan Munby, Robyn Addison, John Owen-Jones, Laura Wade, Jill Halfpenny, Bob Golding, Guy Masterson, Tim Withnall, Nina Raine, Adam James, Helena Blackman, Stephanie Street, Lucy May Barker, Charlotte Wakefield.


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