The nominees in the 2012 Whatsonstage.com Awards will be announced today (2 December 2011) during a star-studded Launch Party at Café de Paris, in the heart of the West End.

Shayne Ward, Richard Fleeshman and “the Beatles” will help 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 include actor Malcolm Sinclair, president of Equity, a sponsor of the Awards, and Matilda star Bertie Carvel, who will draw the raffle on behalf of this year’s adopted charity Stage One, which is dedicated to developing the producers of the future.

A full list of this year's nominees can be found here. Voting for the 2012 Whatsonstage.com Awards opens today at Whatsonstage.com/vote

The gallery below will be updated throughout the afternoon with photos of nominees and attendees at this afternoon's Awards Launch.

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PHOTOS BY DAN WOOLLER FOR WHATSONSTAGE.COM.