Shayne Ward, Richard Fleeshman and “the Beatles” helped kick things off in style by performing at the event, while Meera Syal, Nigel Lindsay and Jemima Rooper will help us read out the shortlists.
Other special guests will included actor Malcolm Sinclair, president of Equity, a sponsor of the Awards, and Matilda star Bertie Carvel, who drew the raffle on behalf of this year's adopted charity Stage One, which is dedicated to developing the producers of the future.
Voting for the 2012 Whatsonstage.com Awards opened on Friday at Whatsonstage.com/vote
Tim Arthur (Time Out), Meera Syal, Nigel Lindsay, Malcolm Sinclair & Jemima Rooper
Kimberley Walsh & Stuart Matthew Price
Shayne Ward & the cast of Rock of Ages
Terri Paddock & Nigel Lindsay
Tim Arthur (Time Out) & Jemima Rooper
Meera Syal & Theo Bosanquet
The cast of Backbeat
Richard Fleeshman & Sheridan Smith
Leanne Jones & Andrew Keates
Hannah Jane Fox & Kerry Ellis
Javone Prince & Doon Mackichan
Louisa Norman, Samuel James & Lindsay Alvis
Kacey Ainsworth & John Owen-Jones